The No B.S. Course on Freelance Writing is designed to kickstart your freelance writing career. Taught by freelance writer and author Ian Chandler, this 6-week course will prepare you for a lifelong career in freelance writing. You’ll learn trade secrets and invaluable tips that would otherwise take years to discover. You’ll be able to get insightful advice from a professional writer who’s made it and learn how to apply that advice to your own career. If you’ve been waiting to start a freelance writing career but didn’t know where to start, this course is for you.


The 6 Week Training Program:

  • Comprehensive lessons that cover every aspect of freelancing, including getting started, finding high-paying clients, marketing yourself, pitching, building authority, and so much more.
  • Study at your own pace with self-directed lessons.
  • Full support on an as needed basis, so all of your questions can be answered.
  • Daily exercises and homework assignments to hone your skills so you can use them in real world settings.
  • Learn concrete steps to take to get paid as a freelance writer.

Full Support & Training

The course starts when you enroll. You’ll get daily study materials, access to our support forum, and private consultation with the instructor. Everything will be available on our learning platform, so you can access it any time. That means you’ll be able to study at your own pace, replay the webinars, and refer back to the course content at any point, even once the course is finished.

The Curriculum:

Module 1 Week 1: Starting Out
Unit 1 Day 1: You Are Your Brand
Unit 2 Day 2: Defining Your Brand
Unit 3 Day 3: Finding Your Niche
Unit 4 Day 4: The Freelance Writer's Guide to Social Media
Unit 5 Day 5: Establishing An Online Presence
Module 2 Week 2: Laying the Foundation
Unit 1 Day 6: The Job Seeking Survival Toolkit
Unit 2 Day 7: Marketing Yourself
Unit 3 Day 8: Expert Interview with Jacob McMillen
Unit 4 Day 9: Full-Time Vs. Part-Time
Unit 5 Day 10: Communicating Your Value
Module 3 Week 3: Brass Tacks
Unit 1 Day 11: Setting Rates Pt. 1
Unit 2 Day 12: Setting Rates Pt. 2
Unit 3 Day 13: Expert Interview with Ryan Waggoner
Unit 4 Day 14: Establishing Authority In Your Niche
Unit 5 Day 15: The Writer's Tactical Toolbox
Module 4 Week 4: The Freelance Job Search
Unit 1 Day 16: Developing A Job Seeking System
Unit 2 Day 17: Search Tactics
Unit 3 Day 18: Warning Signs
Unit 4 Day 19: An Example Job Search
Unit 5 Day 20: Networking: Your Portfolio of Credibility
Module 5 Week 5: Pitching
Unit 1 Day 21: Pitching 101
Unit 2 Day 22: Pitching (The Writer's Perspective)
Unit 3 Day 23: Pitching (The Editor's Perspective)
Unit 4 Day 24: Pitching Research – Finding Your Targets
Unit 5 Day 25: Creating A Pitching Template
Module 6 Week 6: Taking Action
Unit 1 Day 26: The Pitching Hustle
Unit 2 Day 27: How to Build an Idea Machine
Unit 3 Day 28: Zeroing In On Clients
Unit 4 Day 29: Freelance Troubleshooting
Unit 5 Day 30: Learning What Can't Be Taught

Who this course is for:

  • Writers who want to kickstart their freelance writing career
  • Writers who want to write for a living but don’t know where to start
  • Writers who have been too scared and need encouragement to bring their career to life
  • Writers who want to work for private clients in a real world situation (working on descriptions, ad copy, etc.) and want to also freelance for magazines, blogs, newspapers, etc.
  • Writers who were successful at one point but don’t know how to make it in today’s marketplace

Who this class is NOT for:

  • Veteran writers already making a comfortable living with writing
  • Writers who want to publish only creative writing

Your Instructor

Ian Chandler is a professional freelance writer and the head instructor at Writing Launch. He is the author of The No B.S. Guide to Freelance Writing and The Freelance Writer’s Battle.

“I highly recommend Ian Chandler’s No B.S. Course on Freelance Writing. Ian is an excellent, responsive instructor who understands the needs of his students. The course is an in-depth look at starting your career as a freelance writer and will give you the confidence and tools you need to get published – and get paid for it.Since taking Ian’s class, I’ve become more confident in selling my services as a writer and in sharing my experience with others. After taking Ian’s class, the money I was able to earn from my writing allowed me to finally visit my family in Brazil (it had been 5 years since I had last been there). The material in Ian’s course is easy to understand and actionable, and you will come out of this course feeling (and acting) like a professional writer who gets paid for your words.”

Mariana Abeid-McDougall

“Writing Launch is an excellent resource for writers who are serious about increasing their income. With expert advice from Ian and Jacob along with other industry experts, the tips, advice, and tried-and-tested strategies will have you rethinking the way you work, write, and promote yourself as a writer.As a member, I always got incredibly quick responses to my questions and concerns, and I could skip around from class to class if I felt I was better suited learning something else first. The lessons are clear and packed with info. I learned so much!”

Karlie Herndon

“I was really fortunate to listen to Jacob Jans’ and Ian Chandler’s podcast on freelance writing. Prior to watching it, I had been writing for the Zerys and Upwork platforms. Ian mentions them both as places where you can find work, but labeled them “content mills” where you don’t really get the financial remuneration you deserve for the effort you put in writing. He recommended several alternative sites. Thanks to his recommendations, I was able to pick up around $6,500, which was nice.”Steve King

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the tuition?
Tuition is just $47 per month. That includes one month of membership with Writing Launch. The membership allows you to take all of our courses simultaneously, for as long as you’re a member. This course takes 6 weeks to complete, so the total tuition for this course would be $94. (Compare that to a college course! We are much more affordable.)
When does enrollment end?
Enrollment closes once the class fills up. We’re limiting it to 30 new students. After that point, if you are not a member of Writing Launch, you will not be able to access this class. We do not currently have any other scheduled enrollment periods.
When does the course start?
The course starts as soon as you enroll. It is completely self-directed, which means you can fit the course into your schedule, based on your unique needs.
What if I am new to freelance writing?
This course is perfect for you – you’ll learn how to build your portfolio and get your first paid writing gig. Plus, the course will guide you past many of the pitfalls that new freelance writers encounter.
What if I need to start making a full time income right now?
This is not a get rich quick scheme. You’re not going to start making tons of money right away. However, the course will give you the tools, knowledge, and resources you need to build a sustainable, long term income. If you need money right now, this course won’t help. If you want a sustainable career as a writer, this course is for you.
I live abroad. Is this course for me?
One of the amazing things about freelance writing is that you can work anywhere. As long as you still have Internet access, you can build a successful career. So yes, the class definitely applies to you.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have access to the course for as long as you’re a member of Writing Launch. That means you can start at any time and always have access to instructor feedback.