A Program Designed With You In Mind
The program will run for 24 weeks. There will be two 10-week semesters and four weeks of break. Each semester will have the first eight weeks for learning.
After the eight learning weeks have been completed, there will be one week to prepare for examinations, which will last for one week. Examinations end on the tenth week, after which learners are allowed a 2-week break.
The end of the second semester signals the end of all teaching and assessments in the program. However, learners will have to wait another two weeks before they are given their certificates. Immediately after certification, writers are free to embark on voluntary mentorship with experienced writers in their preferred field(s).
The mentorship period can run for as long as both the mentor and the learner wish
There will be two syllabuses for this program – for the introductory courses and the departmental lessons.
The introductory courses are targeted at introducing learners to freelance and professional writing. Learners must grasp the basics of writing before choosing a niche for specialization.
The departmental lessons will train learners on specific writing branches, depending on their preference. Learners can choose more than one department if they wish but must demonstrate a high level of commitment and meet all program requirements before being certified in any departments they choose.
All classes will be done online. Zoom will be the preferred location for both video and audio calls. There will be a WhatsApp group containing learners and their tutors for communication outside of the online classroom. Email and Google Drive files will be used for submissions and other similar activities.
Over the program’s learning weeks (Week 1-8), there will be assignments and projects doled to learners by their tutors. These assignments and projects will cover relevant aspects of what the teacher has taught. All assignments and projects will contribute 20% to the final grade at the end of the semester.
There will be two tests each semester in the fourth and eighth weeks. The exact date for the test will be communicated to learners at least one week before the test. The tests will contribute 30% to the final grade.
After learning is completed in a semester, there will be an examination. This examination will carry 40% of the total grade. Examinations start and end in the tenth week.
The results of all assessments will be communicated to learners no later than ten days after they have been done.
Learners are entitled to two certificates during the program. The first certificate is given after the first semester, certifying the learner as a full-fledged freelance and professional writer. The second certificate is given at the end of the program, certifying the learner in the department they have specialized in.
Writers that have taken all the lessons and grading exercises of multiple departments are entitled to certificates on the departments, provided they meet the required 50% cut-off. Any score below 50% will not be rewarded with a certificate.
After certification, writers can enter a voluntary mentorship agreement with experienced writers from the academy. The academy will not control this mentorship period, and the writer and mentor will incur all liabilities.
What the academy provides is an opportunity and the connection to work with experienced writers, which will go a long way in sharpening the skills and developing the experience of the newly certified writer.