Introduction to freelance journalism

This course will introduce you to the nuts and bolts of journalistic writing

Introduction to freelance journalism: Spring 2024

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What our students say...

An excellent and informative course - well structured, well run and informative. Excellent tutor and good feedback. Thanks Lesley for all your help and guidance.

Journalism student, Spring 2023

Lesley was a great tutor and it was incredibly helpful to get some frank industry insight from such an experienced professional. The writing/homework exercises were the best part. I really enjoyed doing them and having my writing workshopped in class was invaluable. It's given me a huge amount of confidence to continue writing and I'm now looking to pitch my work to a number of publications - something I wouldn't have dreamt of doing previously.

Journalism student, Spring 2023
When Wednesday afternoons, 4 pm to 6 pm

8 meetings

31 January to 27 March (no class 14 February)

Where University of Bristol, Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB.
Course tutor Lesley Gillilan

The course will explore how to formulate, pitch and research ideas, how to sell your work (and to whom), as well as exploring editorial genres and experimenting with various forms of journalism; from interviews and reviews to features and travel writing. As well as a toolkit of insights and practical information, the course will include writing exercises, feedback, discussion, homework and, of course, deadlines. This course is for those with some established writing skills, but would suit anyone who wants to try their hand as a freelance journalist or improve their knowledge of the industry. 

A veteran freelance journalist, author and editor, Lesley Gillilan has worked for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and the Financial Times among numerous other titles both in print and online. She has an MA in Creative Writing and is currently attempting a novel. 

Course fee

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Previous qualifications/experience No qualifications needed. Open to the public.


Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924

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