Getting Started gets starred

THE ONE-DAY Getting Started as a Freelance course, taught by London Freelance branch members Humphrey Evans and Phil Sutcliffe, is still attracting plaudits. Ciaran O'Neill writes:

I travelled over from Northern Ireland last weekend for the NUJ freelance course and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. I've only recently gone freelance after 12 years working as a staffer at a number of papers, including the Belfast Telegraph.

One of the most practical pieces of advice I drew from the training course was in relation to putting out a constant stream of pitches.

I was reading the Sunday Times Home section last weekend when I thought it would be interesting to do a feature on the peace process in Northern Ireland and what it has done for the property market here. I pitched the idea to them on Monday morning and was contacted on Wednesday to say they wanted 1200 words by next Monday.

Result!

If you want to follow in my footsteps, remembering that no-one can guarantee that everyone will instantly receive commissions from the Sunday Times or anywhere, note the date of the next Getting Started as a Freelance course: it is on 3 February at the NUJ's head office in London.

The rôle-playing follow-up, Pitch and Deal, is set for 6 February.

  • Bookings are now also being taken for training courses in Writing for the Web (11-12 January) and Adobe InDesign (3-4 February). All are at Headland House. First come, first served: see details and book online at www.nujtraining.org.uk

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