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If you have always wanted to write that novel, but don’t know where to start Australian College Diploma of Professional Writing (Novel Writing and Publishing) is perfect for you. Gain tips and tricks for creating detailed characters, exciting plots, and imaginative scenes. You will also gain an insight into how to go about publishing your work.

Throughout this professional development course, you will learn to:

  • Organise Your Ideas
  • Write within genre
  • Develop your own writing style
  • Find a publisher
  • Market Your Work

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 (Novel Writing and Publishing)
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
Nationally recognised
Career Opportunities
  • Fiction Writer
  • Novelist
  • Short Story Writer
  • Ghost 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 your First Novel

Reading 1 - Getting Started

Take Yourself Seriously
What Makes a Good Novel?
What Publishers and Editors are Looking for in a Novel
Who Will Be Your Readers?
Story Ideas
Skills You Will Need to Write Your Novel
Take Care of Yourself
How Other Writers Work

Reading 2 - Writing the First Two Chapters

Taking The First Step
Functions of The Beginning
Deciding Whose Story It Will Be
Past or Present Tense
The Place to Start Your Novel
Establishing Time and Place
Covering Important Details Over Several Chapters
Checklist for Effective Beginnings
Developing a Style

Reading 3 - Characterisation

Naming Your Characters
Character Profiles
Creating Rounded Characters
Balancing Consistency and Change
Relationships Between Characters
Characters Create Conflict
Dialogue Checklist
Character Checklist

Unit 2 - Methods to Success and Publication

Reading 1 - Story Development

How To Keep Your Reader Turning The Pages
Structural Development
Plot and Sub-Plot
Narrative Drive
Forwarding The Story Through Dialogue
Conflict and Tension
Everyday Life and Your Novel
Getting Over The Hurdle of the 'Midway Blues'

Reading 2 - Writing the End

Techniques For Slowing the Process Down
What Makes a Satisfying Ending?
To Resolve Or Not Resolve - How Much To Leave Unspoken?
Professional Viewpoint
The Final Word
Editing Checklist
Character Checklist
Dialogue Checklist
Typing and Page Layout
Layout For Dialogue

Reading 3 - Getting Published

Assessing Your Novel
Finding a Publisher
Handling Rejection
Standard Contracts
The Publishing Process
E-books and Internet Publishing

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

"I would thoroughly recommend Australian College to anyone who wants to learn something new, or add to the knowledge base they may already have on a particular subject.

There is a multitude of different courses to choose from that could take the individual in whatever direction they would like to take - be it for increased work opportunities or simply to stimulate the mind.

My thanks for helping me to open up a new direction in my life."

Tracey Marcelis

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