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If you already have a studied knowledge of creative writing, short story, or other writing styles, Australian College Diploma of Professional Writing (Advanced Writing and Editing) will expand on that knowledge. This is a writing course for people who are serious about taking their writing to the next level. Take your skills to the next level!

Throughout this professional development course, you will learn:

  • An in-depth understanding of writing styles
  • How to write for alternate markets
  • Figurative language and the use of symbols
  • Writing for different formats
  • How to use style manuals, guides, and sheets

At Australian College, we offer a comprehensive online learning experience. You can complete your course online in your own time and at your own pace.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Diploma of Professional Writing (Advanced Writing and Editing)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Short Answer Questions, Writing Assessments, Practical Editing Tasks
Nationally recognised
Career Opportunities
  • Professional Writer
  • Freelance Writer/Editor
  • Business Writer

Course fees

Payment Option 1 - $2,000.00 upfront*
Payment Option 2 - $300.00 Deposit then 20 x $100.00 Weekly = $2,300.00*
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Course units

Unit 1 - Writing Skills

Reading 1 - Overview of the Writing Industry

Writing and Its History
The Writing Industry and You
Writing Categories
The Business of Writing

Reading 2 - Editing: Grammar I

Parts of Speech
Problems with parts of speech
Parts of a Sentence

Reading 3 - Editing: Grammar II

Evaluating Punctuation
Producing Documented Material
Style: Conventions and Techniques

Unit 2 - Non-Fiction Writing

Reading 1 - Non-Fiction

Introduction to Non-Fiction Writing
Basic Techniques
Observation, Reporting, and Interview Strategies
Writing for Different Audiences

Reading 2 - Writing for Public Relations I

Planning The Writing Process
Public Relations Tools
Developing The Message/Media Outline
Writing Internal Communication Plans
Writing Internal Communication Publications

Reading 3 - Writing for Public Relations II

Effective Report Writing
Writing Support Materials
Developing Direct Mail Material
Speech Writing
Corporate Identity Programs
Writing Effectively For Financial Applications

Unit 3 - Writing for Industry

Reading 1 - Corporate Writing

Corporate Writing Essentials
Everyday Business Documents

Reading 2 - Technical Writing

Introduction to Technical Writing
Writing in Plain English
Writing Technical Materials
Business Writing Techniques
Instructional Writing Techniques
Writing Policies and Procedures

Reading 3 - Writing Content for the Web

Website Foundations
Designing Your Website
Publishing Your Website
Maintaining Your Website
Reviewing Content for Update

Unit 4 - Creative Writing

Reading 1 - Short Story Writing I

A Brief History of The Short Story
The Basic Elements
From Fact to Fiction
Redrafting Your Work

Reading 2 - Short Story Writing II

The Elements Revisited
More About Writing
Rewriting Your Stories

Reading 3 - Writing and Mythology

Myths and How Writers Use Them
Archetypes and How Writers Use Them

Reading 4 - Myths and Symbols in Writing

Figurative Language and The Use of Symbols
Symbols in Literature

Unit 5 - Writing for a Market

Reading 1 - Screenwriting I

Introduction to Screenwriting
Structure in Screenwriting
Point of View
Screen Devices
Developing a Screenplay
The Synopsis
The Scene Breakdown

Reading 2 - Screenwriting II

Markets For Scripts
Developing The Script
Writing The Script

Reading 3 - Role of the Editor

The Editing Role and Tasks
Using Style Manuals, Guides and Sheets
Copyediting and Proofreading
Organising a Text
Technology and The Editor

Entry requirements

  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

Student reviews

"The Australian College tutors were very helpful and inspiring. Coming from various backgrounds, they offered industry relevant information, trends, and ideas 'outside the box' at a level of which I would otherwise not have had access.

They helped me to focus on the individual topics through the assignments and extract the most out of the course, making it directly relevant to the industry."

Marnie Bernard

Combine employment and training in order to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
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