Feature writing training teaching core principles and writing techniques for producing high quality features.
You’ll learn about all relevant aspects of feature writing, gaining confidence that will help you write copy of a high standard, consistently. Sessions include:
- What makes a good feature, and how to impress editors.
- The importance of style and structure.
- How to write headlines and proofread copy.
Feature writing training is ideal for anyone whose responsibilities include writing for the media, such as journalists, editorial assistants and press officers. As well as developing and refining your journalistic talent, you’ll be privy to numerous invaluable hints and tips.
Feature writing training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. We can provide your training in-class at one of our centres, at your venue, or online.
Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.
In-class or online
In-class courses are proceeding as normal at all centres during the lockdown that started on 5 November 2020. To read more, see Training during lockdown.
We’re taking comprehensive measures to ensure your health and well-being – fewer people in-class, you won’t sit next to another person, comprehensive cleaning. To read more, see Covid-19 measures.
You can participate in this course online, from your place of work or home, at a discounted price. To read about how this works, see Live online training.
Feature writing courses are hosted by Robert Bullard, a seasoned journalist and instructor who has built up a rich knowledge base from years of exposure to the front line of journalism for both local and national newspapers.
How will I learn?
Training combines lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.
Exercises provide activity-based experience and help build delegates’ confidence writing effectively. These exercises can be tailored to deal with issues specific to your business.
You have ample opportunity to discuss specific requirements with the trainer.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- Comprehensive training materials, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher back in the work-place.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of a Feature writing training course.
After course support
Following Feature writing training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for journalism training can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.
For further details, see training course payment options.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Feature writing course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Feature writing course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
Robert has over twenty five years’ experience in a varied range of writing roles including technical author, copywriter, feature writer and freelance journalist.
He has worked for several national newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Local Government Chronicle and Community Care, and has experience in the PR and media industries having ventured into national and regional radio, giving interviews and writing press releases.
Robert also carries out regular training course development work, and he delivers a variety of training courses in all aspects of writing for business.
He particularly enjoys relaying the knowledge he has acquired in his extensive and diverse career.
- The role of feature articles in newspapers and magazines
Developing your ideas
- What are editors and readers looking for in a feature article?
- What makes a good idea, where to find ideas, and how to refine them into sellable stories
- Analyse the characteristics of different markets, and appreciate their characteristics and subtle differences.
- Readership profiles
- How to adjust your ideas for different audiences, and sell the same idea several times over
Pitches made perfect
- Learn how to write a successful pitch:
– What to include and what to leave out
– Following up your ideas with editors
– Pitching by phone
- Spotting good ideas, exploring them, and turning them into successful pitches
The art of interviewing
- The pros and cons of doing interviews on the phone, face-to-face and by e-mail
- Preparing for an interview, getting the most out of an interview, and dealing with difficult situations
- Tips for interviewing celebrities and reluctant interviewees
- What makes a good headline
- Learn to write good headlines using today’s news stories, and use them in your own work
- Memorable headlines over the years, and what they teach us
Structuring your work
- The role and importance of structure in feature writing
- Different types of structure, things that help give structure to the reader, and exercises in structuring your work.
- Learn to write eye-catching introductions and memorable endings
Essentials of good English
- The principles of good writing: what readers are looking for and what you should avoid
- The Plain English Campaign
- Exercises in writing good English, plus grammatical errors you should try and avoid
Developing your writing style
The ingredients of a good writing style
- What the experts think and what you should aim for
- Style guides
- Learn how to improve your own style, and write for different audiences
Essential law for journalists
- An introduction to the main legal issues, with examples, and how they might affect you as a journalist:
– Contempt of court
- The PCC’s Code of Conduct
The writing process
- The ‘6P’ model:
Live online training
Live online training lets you participate in a journalism course from your place of work or home.
We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:
- See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the journalism training…
- Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
- Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.
We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…
- Online Feature writing courses are presented by expert instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
- You receive comprehensive training materials.
- Your training is hands-on, and you carry out assisted exercises.
- You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.
When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.
All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.
For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.