What is the application process?
Writers who are interested in being a part of the Digital Nomad Writing Club should apply here. All applicants will be asked to submit their email, 2-3 writing samples, a CV, and a cover letter or a video cover letter.
If we like your application, we will contact you and request that you write a test article. It may sound like an intimidating process, but we just want to make sure you’re a good fit for our programme.
You're welcome to submit any fiction or nonfiction piece as your writing sample (just not poetry or lyrics). For the test article, you’ll be given an assignment to complete within a strict deadline.
The purpose of this assignment is to test your ability to follow a brief, exercise your research skills, and give you a taste of what you can expect if you're accepted into the programme.
What will I gain from participating in this programme?
This programme will give you all that you need to start your new digital nomad career by providing you with real-world experience in remote writing, tuition to hone your skills and mentoring.
Throughout the programme, you'll have access to a community of writers and freelance professionals, a structured online course, and writing workshops.
Upon completion, you'll receive a certificate of completion, a letter of recommendation, and have a list of your own published links (with bylines when possible) which can be used to bolster your portfolio.
There is also a chance for paid writing work with us upon your graduation!
DNWC programme benefits
📅 6 months of writing, editing, and building your portfolio
✍️ Real-world writing experience with real-world clients
👩🏫 Virtual classroom coaching and mentorship from professional writers and editors
💻 Access to a self-paced online writing and editing course
📰 Published bylines to showcase in your portfolio
📖 Help building your writing portfolio
🗣️ Insider advice on how to tell a great story
🤓 An almost geeky eye for grammar and spelling
🌟 Tips on how to compose a pitch that gets noticed
🔎 Training in basic SEO for copywriting
🌐 Marketing and networking advice
🤘 Industry insight into building a personal brand
💪 Training and hacks on software, apps and tools that are useful for freelancing
🎯 Ability to specialise in a desired niche (when possible) like Medical, Tech, Crypto.
💁 One-on-one mentoring
📝 Regular feedback and advice
🛠️ A freelancer toolkit filled with everything you need to get your digital nomad writing business going, including:
- Style guide template
- Content briefing template
- Pitch template
- Invoice template
- UK/US English words listing
- Writer checklist
- Article outline template
🌱 Writing community where we post paid writing job opportunities, writing and DN lifestyle tips, and support from your fellow DNWC students and graduates
......🤩 and a rockstar writer’s confidence
*Bylines are not available for all assignments, but we offer them as often as we can.
What will a typical week look like?
While we do expect our students to write (the clue is in our name after all!) and edit articles weekly, we won't expect you to produce War and Peace-esque tomes.
Your weekly workload usually includes:
- Writing 1 to 2 articles a week of about 800-1000 words
- Editing an article for a fellow student
- Participating in the workshops and any other training on offer
When you are a student at the DNWC, we would love it if you could attend our weekly workshops for the full-on tutorial experience, but if, thanks to pesky time zones or life getting in the way, this is not possible, you can catch up on your own time.
If you are participating in our internship programme, you will have some other writing, editing, social media or admin tasks to complete and the regular student workload. But I promise we won't overload you to the point where you are trying to hide underneath your bed.
We do ask that you always let us know as soon as possible if you cannot complete an assigned task, though as we are also a real-life agency and have client deadlines to meet. Deadlines are very important. Julie-Ann may seem like a fun, sweet, kind person but miss a deadline, and you will see the side that terrifies small children. I'm not calling her the Wicked Witch of the DNWC or anything….(mainly because I am too scared to!), but...tread carefully unless you are happy to live out your life as a frog.
Plagiarism is another thing that turns her into a pointy-hat wearing, broomstick-riding person to fear, but if you play nicely, work hard and take on board the wisdom and knowledge of our collective experience, she might just give you a pair of ruby slippers that can take you as far from home as you wish to journey while still earning money.
What kind of content will I be expected to write?
As you'll be writing for our clients, there is a wide range of potential content. Our clients' needs can range from lifestyle, technology, fintech, blockchain, medicine and dentistry, travel, digital nomad life, and health and wellness.
So bascially, you could be writing about almost anything under the sun!
How much writing time is expected per week?
The amount of time that each student spends on their assignments will vary. Past assignments have taken our previous students anywhere from 2 to 8 hours to research, draft and submit depending on the topic and complexity. So, the time investment completely depends on your writing process, experience and abilities.
It's important to note that many writers start off needing more time, but as they work through the programme they develop the skills to create a more efficient and speedy writing process.
You may initially feel that you are not making much progress but suddenly, it comes together and you start to find your content writing groove, guided by the processes you are learning.
What tools are recommended for the course (software/apps, online dictionaries etc)?
All students will need to have a strong internet connection in order to access our communication channel and workforce apps, such as Asana and Slack. Regular monitoring of Slack and Asana are required to stay on top of your assignments. Additionally, we do all of our writing through Google Docs, so using a netbook/laptop is easier as you have access to the full functionality of Docs. We may also occasionally email you.
It's also suggested that you use editing software, like Grammarly, to help proofread your work and cross-edit your peers’ work.
What kind of mentoring and coaching will be available?
When you join our programme, you'll gain access to our Slack communication channel and Asana. Through those channels, you'll have access to our team for any questions you might have, being mindful of the time differences as this is an international programme. Kindly note that you’re expected to be contactable via Slack while you are working on DNWC assignments.
Additionally, you'll receive various forms of feedback from our editor, account manager, workflow coordinator, and your peers throughout your time in the Digital Nomad Writing Club. This feedback includes, but is not limited to, comments and notes on your pieces as well as a breakdown of areas you can work on from the head editor.
During workshops, the tutor will offer extra help or advice and answer any questions you may have and if you need some more in-depth assistance, you can request a meeting to discuss any issues or queries.
What is the cost, and what does it cover?
The Digital Nomad Writing Club Course costs $120 USD a month in 6 monthly installments or $600 USD if paid upfront.
This cost covers your admission into the programme and guarantees your access to virtual classroom coaching and mentorship from professional writers and editors.
Recently, we have lowered our word count and beefed up our educational offerings. This change enables our students access to a more directed and tailored educational component, as well as real-world writing experience.
The fee covers all elements of our six-month programme, as well as lifetime access to our self-paced virtual writing course.
What topics will be covered in the workshops?
For more information on the subjects covered in our workshops, please check out our Digital Nomad Writing Club Course Syllabus page.
How is travel, or time off handled?
Our team expects writers to plan according to their writing schedule and meet deadlines when travelling, after all that is the life of a digital nomad! However, we do recognise that life happens and we are willing to make arrangements on a case by case basis.
Requests for “time off” will be addressed according to the given circumstances. The best thing you can do is to let us know as soon as possible if you'll need time off. Communication with us is key.
What happens if I am unable (for whatever reason) to complete the programme?
Our contract requires that you complete the programme (to satisfaction) in order to receive a a certificate of completion, a letter of recommendation and the Freelancers Toolkit. Our contract is not changeable, and the same applies to our terms and conditions.
Therefore, anyone who does not complete the programme is not entitled to a refund and will not receive their letter of recommendation, certificate of completion, or access to the Freelancers Toolkit.
What support is offered to help us find work after the programme?
We provide ongoing support to our DNWC alumni after graduation, through our mentorship programme, potential paid writing roles, and ongoing membership to our Facebook community, where we post remote writing job opportunities, writing and digital nomad tips and advice, and chat about life being a digital nomad writer with our growing community of remote writers.
What is the 6 month arrangement?
Our programme has recently expanded to cover a full 6 months. The full 6-month programme gives students time to learn, adjust, and fully grow from their experience.
The first month provides students with access to our procedures and helps them gain an understanding of our processes. Then, for 3 months, writers will jump into real-life writing experience and receive regular writing assignments while undertaking our workshops. In the last weeks of the course, you may choose to specialise in a specific niche of interest to you (ie. crypto, medical, tech) when such topics are available. This is the core of the programme.
Then there will be two months of mentorship, which serve as a gradual exit from the programme. Students join our Facebook group for DNWC students past and present, where we will be posting paid writing job opportunities. They can also stay in touch with us on Slack, keeping us posted on their writing job searches, allowing us to give them tips and advice and encouragement.
We offer one-on-one mentoring and coaching in exchange for word count — so, for example, if students want us to review/edit a pitch or an article they're planning on submitting to a professional publication, we will do so in exchange for a fair amount of word count equivalent.
They can partake in group discussions and make themselves available to offer advice to new students (essentially, remain part of our writing community).
And the end goal would be that you would get a paid writing within 2 months.