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Short stories are becoming more common in the environment of our current technological world. With so much content absorbed online, short stories are becoming a more prevalent source of creative content. Australian College Certificate in Professional Writing (Short Story Writing) you will teach you about your role as a short story writer, the writing industry in Australia, and how to present stories to the market.

Throughout this professional development course, you will learn:

  • How to identify your writing markets
  • How to write and refine your stories
  • A brief history of the short story
  • The elements of short story writing
  • How to network

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 Certificate in Professional Writing (Short Story Writing)
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
  • Short Story Writer
  • Professional Writer
  • Freelance 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 - Foundations of Writing and the Industry

Reading 1 - Overview of the Writing Industry

Industry Overview
The Writing Industry and You
Forms of Writing
Where The Work Is
Network Contacts
Tools and References

Reading 2 - Short Story Writing

A Brief History of The Short Story
Introduction to the Elements of Short Story Writing
From Fact to Fiction
Redrafting Your Work

Unit 2 - Refining your Short Story

Reading 1 - The Art of Writing Your Stories

The Elements Revisited
More About Writing
Rewriting Your Stories

Reading 2 - Elements of the Contemporary Short Story

Elements of Contemporary Short Story
Writing, Editing and Workshopping Stories
Communication and Presentation Protocols

Reading 3 - Polishing Your Stories

Writing and Refining Your Stories
Identifying Your Writing Markets
Public Presentation
Check Your Progress

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

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