The 6-Week Course

Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Freelance Medical Writing Business

The 6-week course covers everything you need to know to start your freelance medical writing business. Although anyone is welcome to sign up, the course is directed towards people with writing knowledge and also with a PhD, MD, or other degree in a science. If you are not sure, it's best to sign up to the basic level, which will give you access to all the modules, but doesn't include the mentoring and feedback on your work.

What does the course include?

Week 1—Prerequisite Skills and First Steps

  • Mistakes Medical Writers Should Avoid
  • Medical Writing Style
  • A Checklist for Pieces You Really Care About
  • Preview of the AMA online Manual of Style
  • Potential Medical Writing Markets
  • How to Get Your First Freelance Medical Writing Clients

Week 2—Setting Up Shop

  • Rules of Website Design for the Freelance Medical Writer
  • Useful Software and Equipment for Medical Writers
  • Checklist of Questions to Ask Clients When Taking on a New Project
  • When to (And When Not to) Network and Help Others 101
  • Freelance Integrity–Meeting Deadlines, Plagiarism, and Other Issues
  • Part-time Clinician/Part-time Writer
  • Getting into Regulatory Medical Writing

Week 3—Writing the Medical News

  • Scope of Medical News Writing
  • Interview With the Director of Medscape’s Medical News
  • How to Write the Medical News
  • Review of a couple of news pieces
  • Interviewing Tips and Techniques for News Writers
  • How to Get Medical News Writing Work
  • Covering Medical Conferences

Week 4—Writing CME and CPD

  • Understanding Fair Balance
  • Writing Needs Assessments
  • How to Get CME Writing Work
  • Needs Assessment Checklist
  • Needs Assessment Examples

Week 5—Feature Article Writing

  • Intro to Feature Article Writing
  • How to Get Feature Article Writing Work
  • The Process of Writing Feature Articles
  • Feature Article Examples

Week 6—Running Your Freelance Medical Writing Business

  • Positioning Yourself
  • New Business Trends
  • Negotiating and Collecting Your Pay
  • Contracts 101 for Freelance Medical Writers
  • Invoicing Your Clients
  • Organizational Tips for Freelance Medical Writers
  • A Few Apps to Improve Productivity
  • When to Break Up With a Client
  • Freelance Customer Service

BONUS Content

  • Several examples of different types of medical writing, including features articles, needs assessments, and news articles
  • Contract and NDA examples
  • An email program that will really help with sending out all those emails!
  • More stuff as requested and as Emma thinks of it….



One time payment



Payment over 3 months



Lifetime access to online course materials

Ongoing membership in closed Facebook group to get questions answered by Dr. Nichols and previous course participants

Weekly webinars given by Dr. Nichols during the 6 week course

Opportunity to submit work for feedback from experienced medical writers during 6-week course

(up to 20 pages)

Opportunity to be on list of Nascent Medical subcontractors and to receive paying work*

Individual call time with Dr. Nichols**

(up to 1 hr**)

* We reserve the right not to add you to our list of subcontractors for any reason

**Dr. Nichols is committed to providing value and call time often exceeds this over multiple calls as necessary.

All courses are non refundable due to limited spots and availability.

I have had a lot of people express interest in the 6-week course, "Everything you need to know to start your freelance medical writing business," but they are not sure if they have the right background or skills. Perhaps you fall into that category? I have therefore created a pre-course "assessment". It should take an hour or so to complete. If you complete it, I will email you back shortly before the registration period for the course and let you know whether I think you should sign up or if you would be wasting your time and money on the course.

Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Freelance Medical Writing Business.

The next 6-week course "Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Freelance Medical Writing Business" will begin on Monday August 13th, 2018. Registration for the course will begin on Monday August 6th, at noon EDT and will close on Saturday August 11th at noon EDT. Log on to to register. Please do NOT submit the assessment if you are signing up for the basic level.

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Your Instructor

Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD
Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD

Dr. Hitt Nichols is a seasoned medical communications professional specializing in CME and news writing for a clinician audience since 1999. Areas of expertise: targeted therapies in hematology/oncology, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, and others.

Dr. Nichols' 6-week online course: "Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Freelance Medical Writing Business." helps MDs and PhDs with writing ability get into a lucrative, work-from-home career for maximum work-life-family balance.

Her book on freelance medical writing available at

Check out the Medical Writers Speak podcast at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Refund policy
All courses are non refundable. If due to unforeseen circumstances you are unable to complete the premium level course, you can make arrangements to turn in work for feedback after the 6 weeks for an extended period. All participants have lifetime access to the course materials. Please consider the following information BEFORE completing the precourse assessment and signing up. This course is NOT for everyone. In fact, it is for a limited few... The course is directed towards the following people: A PhD in a science (or within a year of obtaining that degree) An MD or other professional medical degree A PharmD A nursing or allied health professional degree (RN, PA, etc.) The ideal participant will not only have a science/medical background but they will also perceive themselves to have some innate writing ability and a service-oriented personality (required for successful freelancing). Plus they are ready and willing to start up their own business soon. The “ideal” candidate is a native English speaker (or you cannot tell that they are not), about to finish their graduate school PhD training in a science or recently earned some type of advanced science degree, and is looking to go straight into freelance medical writing. Again, we cannot issue refunds or make transfers from the premium to basic level. There are a limited number of premium spots.
What are the different course levels?
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