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Advanced Professional Writing & Editing


The Australian College, Advanced Professional Writing & Editing course is an ideal course if you have already undertaken a creative writing course, a short story course or any general writing course; however, you can certainly undertake this course even if you have no previous experience.

You will need an aptitude for writing and reading, though. Keep in mind, this is a writing course for people who really want to learn advanced writing skills. It is even suitable for those wanting to progress and undertake a degree in writing through university.

Career opportunities include: Professional Writer, Freelance Writer/Editor, Business Writer.

When you successfully complete your course you will be awarded the Australian College Diploma of Professional Writing (Advanced Writing & Editing).

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Module 1: Writing Skills

Reading 1: Overview of the Writing Industry
Topic 1: Writing and Its History
Topic 2: The Writing Industry and You
Topic 3: Writing Categories
Topic 4: The Business of Writing
Topic 5: Resources

Reading 2: Computer Skills for Writers and Editors
Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: A Safe Computer Environment
Topic 3: Computers and the Writer / Editor
Topic 4: Basic Computer Operations
Topic 5: Word Processing
Topic 6: Advanced Computer Features
Topic 7: Glossary

Reading 3: Editing: Grammar I
Topic 1: Parts of Speech
Topic 2: Problems with Parts of Speech
Topic 3: Parts of a Sentence
Topic 4: Resources

Reading 4: Editing: Grammar II
Topic 1: Grammar
Topic 2: Evaluating Punctuation
Topic 3: Vocabulary
Topic 4: Structure
Topic 5: Producing Documented Material
Topic 6: Style: Conventions and Techniques
Topic 7: Resources

Module 2: Non-Fiction Writing

Reading 1: Non-Fiction
Topic 1: Introduction to Non-Fiction Writing
Topic 2: Basic Techniques
Topic 3: Observation, Reporting, and Interview Strategies
Topic 4: Writing for Different Audiences
Topic 5: Glossary

Reading 2: Writing for Public Relations I
Topic 1: Planning the Writing Process
Topic 2: Public Relations Tools
Topic 3: Developing the Message/Media Outline
Topic 4: Writing Internal Communication Plans
Topic 5: Writing Internal Communication Publications
Topic 6: Resources

Reading 3: Writing for Public Relations II
Topic 1: Effective Report Writing
Topic 2: Writing Support Materials
Topic 3: Developing Direct Mail Material
Topic 4: Speech Writing
Topic 5: Corporate Identity Programs
Topic 6: Writing Effectively for Financial Applications

Module 3: Writing for Industry

Reading 1: Corporate Writing
Topic 1: Corporate Writing Essentials
Topic 2: Everyday Business Documents
Topic 3: Resources

Reading 2: Technical Writing
Topic 1: Introduction to Technical Writing
Topic 2: Writing in Plain English
Topic 3: Writing Technical Materials
Topic 4: Business Writing Techniques
Topic 5: Instructional Writing Techniques
Topic 6: Writing Policies and Procedures

Reading 3: Writing Content for the Web
Topic 1: Website Foundations
Topic 2: Designing Your Website
Topic 3: Publishing Your Website
Topic 4: Maintaining Your Website
Topic 5: Reviewing Content for Update

Module 4: Creative Writing

Reading 1: Short Story Writing I
Topic 1: A Brief History of the Short Story
Topic 2: The Basic Elements
Topic 3: From Fact to Fiction
Topic 4: Redrafting Your Work
Topic 5: Glossary
Topic 6: Readings
Topic 7: Resources

Reading 2: Short Story Writing II
Topic 1: The Elements Revisited
Topic 2: More about Writing
Topic 3: Rewriting Your Stories
Topic 4: Readings

Reading 3: Writing and Mythology
Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: Myths and How Writers Use Them
Topic 3: Archetypes and How Writers Use Them
Topic 4: Resources

Reading 4: Myths and Symbols in Writing
Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: Figurative Language and the Use of Symbols
Topic 3: Symbols In Literature
Topic 4: Resources

Module 5: Writing for a Market

Reading 1: Screenwriting I
Topic 1: Introduction to Screenwriting
Topic 2: Structure in Screenwriting
Topic 3: Point of View
Topic 4: Characterisation
Topic 5: Dialogue
Topic 6: Screen Devices
Topic 7: Developing a Screenplay
Topic 8: Research
Topic 9: The Synopsis
Topic 10: Treatment
Topic 11: The Scene Breakdown
Topic 12: Resources

Reading 2: Screenwriting II
Topic 1: Markets for Scripts
Topic 2: Developing the Script
Topic 3: Writing the Script
Topic 4: Resources

Reading 3: Role of the Editor
Topic 1: The Editing Role and Tasks
Topic 2: Using Style Manuals, Guides and Sheets
Topic 3: Copyediting and Proofreading
Topic 4: Language
Topic 5: Organising a Text
Topic 6: Technology and the Editor

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