If you read my previous post, you would know I have been waiting for today. I decided to do a course in Freelance Writing at Emory University here in Atlanta, GA offered as part of their Evening at Emory Continuing Education classes. It is a short 6-week course, just once a week on Mondays, for about 2 hours in the evening. A great time and location for folks who work during the day. Surprisingly (or not so!) our class comprises of only females. Linda, the instructor, turned out to be a really nice lady - witty, clear about her thoughts, interactive - tried to give us a bunch of word exercises on the spot!, and has her lesson plan all prepared. She gave us a little handout of all the topics we will cover and I must say I am impressed. I can't really share everything she taught in her class here but I do promise to share something interesting with every session I attend. Today was a general introduction to the profession of freelance writing and traits and characteristics one must have to be able to pursue work in this field and survive it successfully in the long run. Based on her discussion, I would have to say I realized I fall into the category of 'feature writer/generalist' - I am telling myself that has got to be a good thing!
I am headed for a new freelance writing course come Monday. I like to do short term or online courses to keep myself abreast of the latest developments when it comes to writing, editing and proofreading. Of course, there is no single course that is considered the God of all courses when it comes to those focus areas so certifications here and there showing that you are putting your efforts into fine-tuning your craft couldn't hurt really. I have done a previous course at Emory for Proofreading and Copy Editing and I enjoyed that so decided to do the Freelance Writing course as well. I am excited to be in a class without actually being in school - cheap thrills of life! I am also excited to make new friends and contacts, as well as meet the instructor Linda Clopton who has 25 years' experience working as a freelance writer. Surely, she must have a wealth of knowledge to share so I am ready for this! Will tell you more as the classes go on. Have you done a really good course on writing, editing or proofreading that you think was worth your time and effort, and helped you better your craft? Do share!