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Writing for a Living

Would you like to earn a living doing something you love? Our Writing for a Living online course offers inspiration and practical guidance that will help you to turn your passion for writing into a source of income.

If you’re keen to pursue a career that allows you to use your talent for writing – then this course, written by a successful author, offers all knowledge and skills you need to navigate the hurdles on the road to getting your work published.

Our Writing for a Living online course covers practical information and advice on different aspects of becoming a published writer. Supported by an expert tutor, you’ll complete three assignments to evaluate your knowledge as your progress. Along the way you’ll learn about publishing platforms and gain invaluable tips on starting as a freelancer.

This course will help you to prepare for and reflect on embarking on a career in writing and is designed to offer you the best possible chance of seeing your work published!

Why study Writing for a Living?

If you’d like to focus on turning your hobby into a career, love writing and have a way with words, then studying Writing for a Living online at a flexible pace suited to your lifestyle, is the ideal way to turn your passion into pounds!

You’ll start by considering your goals and dreams, followed by an analysis of what type of writing you offer and how this could potentially earn income. Next, you’ll consider potential markets and how to promote yourself effectively. Finally, you’ll reflect on your working methods and how you’ll manage your finances as a freelancer.

Our Writing for a Living online course is ideal if you:

  • Have a passion for writing and want to turn your hobby into a career.
  • Are starting out as a writer and want to learn the best way to approach your new business.
  • Would like to study a practical subject that has potential to generate income!
  • Want to boost your confidence in writing and communicating your creative ideas.

Future opportunities

  • Studying our Creative Writing or Writing Short Stories courses or English Literature or Language at GCSE, A level or degree level.
  • Writing content to pitch to media outlets, or to self publish.
  • A wide range of rewarding career paths in areas such as journalism, publishing, theatre, film, copywriting, editing and proofreading.

Course content

Unit 1: Identifying your goals and dreams

Unit 2: Analysing what you have to sell

Unit 3: Identifying and establishing a market

Unit 4: Promoting yourself and your work

Unit 5: Your working methods

Unit 6: Freelance finances

Study Writing for a Living with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students


Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

What you need to know


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Entry requirements

  • You will need to have an active interest in writing to benefit from this course
  • An ability to read and write in English


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 30 study hours, plus time for completing assignments


  • 3 assignments


  • No additional set texts required


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to six months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable

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