Wilfrid Laurier University Part Time, Online and Continuing Studies Calendar - Fall/Winter 2006/2007
Canadian Excellence

Freelance Journalism

Tired of pitching stories that go no where? Afraid of rejection? Have great writing skills, but short on story ideas?
Laurier's new course, taught by internationally published freelance journalist Paul Gains, offers participants tips and tricks on how to get their work published in newspapers and trade publications.
This course covers:

  • getting started: resources/equipment
  • establishing realistic goals
  • studying the marketplace
  • refining your story ideas
  • writing query letters
  • negotiating fees
  • delivering your work
  • overcoming the fear of rejection

The course is a combination of in-class exercises, field trips and guest speakers, giving participants as much practical experience as possible.

Paul Gains' career has spanned 20 years with published work in well-known publications including:

  • The New York Times
  • GQ
  • Maclean's magazine
  • Irish Independent
  • Toronto Star
  • The Globe and Mail
  • NUVO
  • Business Traveller
  • Outside Magazine and more...

Aside from writing, Paul is an accomplished interviewer, having interviewed such personalities as:

  • Eric Clapton
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Jacques Villeneuve
  • Gary Kasparov
  • Dido
  • Deepak Chopra

"So he can write - but can he teach?"
Yes, Paul was a journalism instructor at Conestoga College and has facilitated lecture seminars in freelance writing at Atlas Studios since 1998.


Waterloo Campus
Course Length: 16 weeks
Start Date: Thursday, October 5, 2006
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul Gains
Cost: TBA

Registration Form

For details on how to submit your registration, please refer to the registration form, or visit the Registration section. Phone (519) 884-0710 ext. 6036 or e-mail conted@wlu.ca if you require additional information.