Free Tools For Freelance Writers: Learning Tools

by Alicia Sparks on November 3, 2011

Chalkboards are better. Period.

Welcome to Day 6 of the 7-Day Mini Course, “Free Tools for Freelance Writers: Save BIG While Starting Your Writing Business.”

Today’s focus is on how you can find free learning tools to help you sharpen your writing and editing skills, learn how to create a new-to-you product, or even learn a new service to offer your clients.

Before you launch into this list, note that as you become familiar with other writers, and experts in your field or area of interest, you’ll run across free courses, webinars, teleseminars, ebooks, and other learning tools fairly regularly. You’ll also learn what you like, what you don’t, and who is and isn’t providing what you need.

(For example, over the last year or so I’ve discovered I really benefit from Karon Thackston’s Marketing Words Copywriting Blog, and she often provides free webinars and teleseminars. I haven’t caught them all, but the ones I have listened in on have been great.)

For now, though, you can jump start your writing training with these learning tools.

College and University Courses

Ebooks, Webinars, and Other Business and Writing Courses

Educational Blogs and Websites

  • Writer’s Digest: Sure, you can get a paid subscription, BUT you can also get tons of free writing articles and you can join the forum to get help from other writers.
  • copyblogger: Yes, copyblogger makes the list twice. Subscribe to this blog and get daily tips on everything from email marketing and content marketing to keyword research and SEO copywriting.
  • ProBlogger: ProBlogger’s Darren Rowse is THE go-to source for everything blogging. From using your blog to make money to finding freelance writing jobs with your blogs, Rowse covers it all.
  • Freelance Writing Jobs: FWJ is SO much more than a site just for finding freelance writing gigs. Several freelance writers and editors work together to teach you a wide variety of aspects related to the freelance writing life – from grammar to taxes.
  • FreelanceFolder: FreelanceFolder can stand on its own as a fantastic site for freelance writers to learn tips and skills, but its post 15 Sites for Learning and Mastering SEO is especially important to today’s Web writers.
  • About Freelance Writing: I’ve been following Anne Wayman of About Freelance Writing pretty much since I started my own freelance writing career. From her you can learn more about setting your freelance writing rates, dealing with money, and searching for freelance writing jobs.
  • Men With Pens: Men With Pens offers a full range of services for people who need writing services – and tons of free info related to writing, blogging, and business for those who’re performing the services.
  • The Renegade Writer: From this site you can find lots of for-pay educational tools – e-courses, e-books, phone mentoring – but you can also find free help in the form of teleclasses and information packets.
  • The NextGen Writer: Ali Abbas left his career as an IT professional to become a freelance writer. He owns and manages The NextGen Writer, which features a regularly updated blog and a writing resources section.

What Now?

There are A LOT of opportunities here. I recommend bookmarking this post, or the links within this post that jump out at you, and visiting them at your leisure, deciding what to take on now (such as a blog subscription) and what to plan for (such as committing to a course).

Missed last week’s class? Head over to Free Tools For Freelance Writers: Reference And Research.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Ali November 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

That’s a nice list of resouces, but I wish my blog (which I believe qualifies as it offers peerless resources for writers, bloggers anc marketers) was also in this list.

Alicia November 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

@ Ali – Thanks for the heads up 🙂

Sam November 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

Great resource, I definitely agree with the copyblogger and problogger links, I have found both of those blogs extremely valuable in learning new techniques.

Alicia November 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

@ Sam – I could spend hours every day on those two sites! I wish there were more hours in the day 🙂

Duane November 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

@Alicia, Thanks for providing us more details about the learning tools. I will do to bookmark this Blog and share this to my friends. ^_^

maria goussia April 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

very useful!! thank you

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