Penn Foster

925 Oak Street, Scranton, PA 18515

Program Details

Students interested in writing have the opportunity to earn a Freelance Writer Diploma from Penn Foster Career School. Learning the business of writing, students work with editors and agents and practice submitting manuscripts. The students reference sources and receive valuable information about beginning a Freelance Writing business.

The Freelance Writer Diploma allows students to gain knowledge pertaining to writing, as well as advertising and publishing. This diploma program contains six Instruction Sets that students must complete and pass to receive credit. The first Set requires students to establish a study schedule to maximize learning from home.

This online program allows students to work from the comfort of home, without the need to drive to a school campus. Students study the publishing industry by submitting a manuscript and marketing a freelance product. The students identify objective and subjective writing, as well as types of freelance writing. By reviewing basic grammar, students increase their vocabulary and are better able to use language effectively. The students write a short feature article and practice critiquing and revising their work. Students take Business of Writing to better understand specialized markets and copyright laws, research markets for article ideas, and keep records of communication with publishers and editors.

Students receive writing assignments from editors, conduct interviews, and practice writing a professional resume. Many freelance writers find employment in the writing field working for newspapers, book publishers, and non-profit organizations.

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    Students will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer running Windows® XP or later and high-speed Internet in order to complete the Freelance Writing program with Penn Foster.

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    Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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