NOV Australian College Diploma of Professional Writing

(Novel Writing and Publishing)

Discover The Secrets Of Becoming A Bestselling Author


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Course Code NOV
Qualification gained Australian College Diploma of Professional Writing (Novel Writing and Publishing)
Study mode Flexible delivery (including online with some projects/activities and/or skills-based training).
Flexible duration Up to 12 months
Study load Self-paced
Start date Start anytime
Assessment method Short Answer Questions, Writing Assessments
Nationally recognised No
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

  • 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

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