Freelance Writer: Career Diploma Programs

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Writers and those who enjoy writing or have a way with words may be interested in pursing a career in freelance writing. By enrolling in a freelance writer degree program or other creative writing program, students will leave with the skills to effectively write a variety of publication and communication pieces. Those with a freelance writer degree can look for careers in news production, television and movie script writing, public relations and advertising, book publishing, or self-employment. Read on to find out more.
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Reasons to Earn a Degree in Freelance Writing

Freelance writers have the opportunity to produce materials such as articles, books, movie scripts, and communication pieces for public relations and advertising agencies. With a degree in freelance writing, there is a multitude of possibilities including online writing, which is becoming increasingly popular and in high demand.

Freelance Writer Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook and Demand

Because many people are attracted to this occupation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics mentions that writing jobs are competitive with employment opportunities expected to grow as fast as average in the next seven years. The BLS also mentions that online publications are becoming increasingly popular and those writers and editors with Web experience may find an easier time in the job market.

Salary Information

A third of writers in 2004 were self-employed or freelance, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook and as such, salary ranges are all over the board as individuals charge their own rates. The OOH reported that salary writers in 2004 earned between $31,720 and $62,930 a year.

Freelance Writer Degree Specifics

Coursework Requirements

Writers, depending on the specific program or area of interest, can be found taking a variety of courses from technical writing to news writing. Some of the general classes taught in all areas of writing programs include:

  • AP or Chicago-Style Handbook Writing
  • Writing for Business
  • Fiction, Nonfiction and Other Writing Genres

Skills Learned

In addition to honing your creative skills, a degree in freelance writing will leave you with the skills to:

  • Work with clients and customers effectively, providing them with the right writing resources
  • Conduct research and establish resources for writing projects
  • Write for a variety of genres and audiences

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Arts in Communication
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Science Writing
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA/English
  • Campus and Online Programs
    3. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MEd - Reading Education
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate - English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading & Writing
      • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer
  • Fairfax, VA

    George Mason University

  • Online Programs Available
    7. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Towson, MD

    Towson University

  • Online Programs Available
    10. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Wilson Reading System Certification

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Science Writing
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Certificate in Science Writing
  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication

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Ashford University

  • BA/English

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Full Sail University

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  • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
  • BS - Media Communications (Campus)

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Northcentral University

  • MEd - Reading Education

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Penn Foster Career School

  • Certificate - English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading & Writing
  • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Communication

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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