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Kickstart your freelance journalism career
Wed 26 October 2016, 13:30 – 15:30 BST
Learn how to spot stories, pitch them to editors and make a living as a freelance writer.
Bursting with ideas for stories, but unsure how to get them published? Don’t miss out on this jargon-free journalism workshop. Led by freelance journalist and UEA graduate Lauren Razavi, this lively workshop will teach you how to spot stories, pitch them to editors and get paid for writing them.
Whether you’re just starting out as a journalist or want to improve your chances of getting commissions, the workshop will help you to communicate more effectively with editors and get your work published. During the class, Lauren will also give hard-earned advice on how to make a living as a freelance writer, and provide feedback on a handful of students’ pitches.
The workshop will entail:
- How to make the transition from citizen or student journalism to professional writing
- Advice on turning your writing hobby into a career
- What to expect from life as a freelance journalist
- Making a living through journalistic work
- How to spot and pitch strong stories to editors – and get paid for writing them
- Building and maintaining relationships with editors
- Crafting high-quality journalism
- How to build your web presence through social media
- Opportunity for feedback: generating story ideas and creating pitches
- Q&A and group discussion
Optional course preparation
- You’re invited to bring along an idea for a story you’d like to a pitch to an editor. If you’d like to complete this pre-course work, please download the a pitch template – and send us your pitch by the 19 October.
- The course includes opportunities for constructive feedback on story ideas and attendees’ pitches.
- Please note: submitting a pitch in advance is not necessary to attend the workshop or benefit from it.
Who is Lauren Razavi?
Lauren Razavi is an award winning freelance journalist who specialises in feature writing and foreign reporting. As a student at UEA she forged a path in freelance journalism, ultimately funding a Masters degree through her writing. She currently contributes to a range of UK and US publications, including regular work for the Guardian, New Statesman and VICE. Find out more about Lauren on her website.