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How to start your career as a freelance journalist: Guardian Masterclass

  • The Guardian Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9GU (map)

Learn how to spot stories, pitch them to editors and make a living as a freelance writer.

Bursting with ideas for stories, but unsure how to get them published? Don’t miss out on this jargon-free journalism class. Led by features writer and columnist Coco Khan, this lively evening course will teach you how to spot stories, pitch them to editors and get paid for writing them. 

Whether you’re just starting out as a journalist or want to improve your chances of getting commissions, the class will help you to communicate more effectively with editors and get your work published.

Coco will offer her hard-earned advice on how to make a living as a freelance writer and provide feedback on some of your pitches, making this a class that budding journalists will not regret investing in.


  • How to make the transition from citizen or student journalism to professional writing

  • Advice on turning your writing hobby into a career

  • What to expect from life as a freelance journalist

  • Making a living through journalistic work

  • How to spot and pitch strong stories to editors – and get paid for writing them

  • Building and maintaining relationships with editors

  • Crafting high-quality journalism

  • How to build your web presence through social media

  • Opportunity for feedback: generating story ideas and creating pitches

  • Q&A and group discussion

Optional course preparation

  • You’re invited to bring along an idea for a story you’d like to a pitch to an editor. If you’d like to complete this pre-course work, please email for a pitch template – and send your pitch one week prior to the course date.

  • The course includes opportunities for constructive feedback on story ideas and attendees’ pitches.

  • submitting a pitch in advance is not necessary to attend the class or benefit from it.