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How to Freelance & Article Writing

By Felix Cheong

19 June 2009 (Fri)
9.30am – 5.30pm

Imagination Room, Level 5
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

Course Fee: $250.00

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Learn effective methods for selling magazine and newspaper articles, and how to craft compelling feature articles from a professional freelancer and writer.


Many writers make a living by selling articles to magazines and newspapers on a freelance basis. The trick is to generate saleable ideas and match them to the right publications. In particular, you must know exactly which publications are appropriate for which ideas. Topics include:

  • Overview of the magazine/newspaper market
  • How to generate saleable ideas
  • How to write great query letters
  • How to scope out magazines and newspapers
  • Effective ways to make contact
  • How to send your materials

Feature articles abound in magazines and newspapers, and they can even grow into books. Article writing combines the reporter’s hunt for a story with a storyteller’s flair. In our course, you will learn:

  • Learn journalistic techniques as angles, research, interviewing, as well as craft elements such as description, structure, character, and voice.
  • Types of features
  • How to write articles that grab a reader’s attention.

About the Trainer: Felix Cheong

Felix Cheong

Felix Cheong, completed his Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland in 2002 and is currently an adjunct lecturer with Murdoch University, University of Newcastle, University of Western Australia, Temasek Polytechnic and LASALLE College of the Arts.

Author of nine books, including four collections of poetry, two teen detective novels, The Call from Crying House (2006), and the sequel, Woman in the Last Carriage (2007), and Vanishing Point, which was long-listed for the prestigious Frank O’Connor last year. His latest book is Singapore Siu Dai, a collection of humorous flash fiction. The sequel, Singapore Siu Dai 2, will be launched in September.

He received the National Arts Council’s Young Artist of the Year for Literature Award in 2000 and was nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2004.

Registration Details

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.