Penn Foster’s Freelance Writer program consists of courses that will cover the publishing industry, how to make writing a habit, the process for submitting manuscripts, what’s involved in working with agents and editors, and more. Penn Foster Career School’s program also includes a Specialization Elective — choose Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, or Nonfiction.
The program goal for Penn Foster’s Freelance Writer program is to prepare amateur writers to refine their writing style so they can professionally market their work to publishers.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
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This study unit provides everything you’ll need to know about the publishing industry.
Make writing an everyday habit.
Review basic grammar elements.
Supplement: Winning with Words
Find out how to generate ideas for articles.
Learn how to use reference materials and resources.
Supplement: Parts of Speech
Identify writing techniques and structural differences in fiction and nonfiction.
Supplement: Word Usage
Learn to find information quickly using the Writer’s Market.
Textbook: Writer's Market
Supplement: Sentence Skills
Learn to assemble a writer’s résumé and conduct a successful interview.
Discover how to analyze your life and educational experiences and learn the requirements of the writing trade, technical publications, and house magazines.
Supplement: The Elements of Style
Get an introduction to fiction. Learn how to publish children’s literature and short stories. Get instructions on how to plan and write a novel.
Learn about fiction genres. Get an overview of the mystery, science fiction and fantasy, romance, and horror genres.
Get an introduction to nonfiction. Learn all about the essay. Study aspects of feature writing, writing for the media, and writing for business.