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Advanced Freelance Journalism

The Advanced Course is an intensive 12-month writing workshop that allows you to strengthen your writing muscle, gain confidence and build your portfolio of saleable articles at the same time. This course is intended as a continuation for graduates of our Magazine Journalism Course and Freelance Journalism Course. We also welcome published journalists who want to sharpen their writing skills.

In this course you will write three full-length feature articles with a saleable value of between $1200 and $1400.

You can specialise in writing particular types of articles, including:
  • humour columns
  •  topical features
  •  celebrity profiles
  •  inspirational human profile
  •  ‘how to’s’
  •  Q&A interviews
  •  feel-good human interest stories
  •  travel writing


Course Details:


Students must complete:


Admission Requirements:

  • Cost: $ 1495.00 GST inclusive
  • Modules: 3 Modules
  • Duration: Course can be completed at own pace: between six and twelve months
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round
  • 5 planning assignments (feedback task)
  • 2 query letters (feedback and assessment)
  • 3 full-length articles of publishable quality (feedback and assessment)
  • Students must have successfully completed the Freelance Journalism course or the Writing Articles for Websites and Blogs Course.
  • Candidate must have been published more than once, in mainstream magazines.

Tutors for this course:

Sharon Stephenson

Sharon Stephenson writes for a range of magazines and newspapers, including North & South, NEXT, Urbis, NZ Life & Leisure, HOME and many more. Read more here.
Donna Dailey

Donna Dailey is a writer and photographer whose work appears in magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide. Read more about Donna here.
Ewan McDonald

Ewan McDonald is a multi-award-winning editor, journalist and critic. As features editor of the NZ Herald, editor of The Aucklander, and as a travel and food & wine writer, he and his teams have won more than 50 national and international awards. Read more about Ewan here>

(You may select a tutor in your application motivation or we will assign a tutor to you who we feel most suits your areas of interest)


Course Curriculum

The Advanced Course is a practical course aimed at fine-tuning magazine writing skills and professionalism, as well as building a portfolio of writing.

This course has been designed to replicate the procedure that a freelance magazine journalist follows from start to finish: from generating a saleable idea, pitching the story to a suitable magazine, writing the article to deadline, to invoicing and being paid for the piece.

Students will be encouraged to sell work of publishable quality, all within a supportive environment.




The course comprises three modules consisting of five planning tasks and five writing assignments. Once the student has completed an assignment, and e-mailed it to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete. The next module will then be e-mailed to the student.

Students are given reading material on writing techniques at the start of each module, and are encouraged to ask questions throughout the course, either by e-mailing the lecturer, or posting a query on the student board. In addition to 10 formal feedback sessions, the lecturer is similarly available for ongoing editorial assistance for the duration of the course.

If you need further course details, please contact us.


Conditions of Certification:

Students will receive an NZ Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all five assignments (namely: two query letters and three articles)
  • The course must have been completed within twelve months of registration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 60% for the course

Minimum Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Reading Time: 3 hours
  • Writing Time: 3 hours for three query letters
  • 30 hours for three articles 
  • Research Time: 12 hours for research and interviews, depending on the complexity of the articles.

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