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The Australian College, Creative Writing course includes writing character sketches, short stories, children’s stories, non-fiction, biographies, plays, poetry, human interest pieces, and so much more. Most creative writing courses teach you the foundation skills then you’re off on your own. This course is much more practical and takes you further into the world of writing as a business. You learn how to write for profit and how to develop your writing so that you can make a living from it.

Career opportunities include: Fiction Writer, Short Story Writer, Non-Fiction Writer, Poet, Children’s Writer, Script Writer, Media Writer, Novelist.

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

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Module 1. Developing Your Creative Writing

Reading 1: Creative Writing for Pleasure and Profit
Topic 1: Introduction to Creative Writing
Topic 2: Your Writing Menu
Topic 3: The Writer’s Toolbox
Topic 4: Getting Started
Topic 5: Basic Grammar Points

Reading 2: Structure in Your Writing
Topic 1: Your Writing Direction
Topic 2: Drawing on Your Experiences
Topic 3: Text Structure
Topic 4: Words of Wisdom

Reading 3: Finding Your Point of View
Topic 1: Introducing Point of View
Topic 2: First Person Point of View
Topic 3: Second Person Point of View
Topic 4: Third Person Point of View
Topic 5: The Various Uses of Tense

Reading 4: Character, Plot and Dialogue
Topic 1: Being Character Driven
Topic 2: Where do Characters Come From?
Topic 3: Major and Minor Characters
Topic 4: Reasons for Using Dialogue
Topic 5: Features of Dialogue
Topic 6: Dialects and Unusual Speech Patterns
Topic 7: Setting Out Dialogue

Module 2: Creating a Writing Portfolio

Reading 1: Plotting a Story
Topic 1: Developing The Plot
Topic 2: The Power of Conflict
Topic 3: Drawing up a Plan
Topic 4: The Blueprint: Basic Structures
Topic 5: Arranging The Story

Reading 2: Atmosphere, Mood and Style
Topic 1: Creating a Sense of Place
Topic 2: Authentic Descriptions
Topic 3: Symbolic Meaning in Description
Topic 4: Voice is Different from Voices
Topic 5: Making Your Work Original and Your Words Sing
Topic 6: Imagery, Metaphors and Similes
Topic 7: Pacing Yourself

Reading 3: Writing Life Stories
Topic 1: Autobiography and Memoir
Topic 2: Writing Your Family History
Topic 3: Writing a Biography
Topic 4: Recommended Reading

Reading 4: Writing Poetry
Topic 1: Poetry Today
Topic 2: Finding Inspiration
Topic 3: Learning the Craft
Topic 4: Different Types of Poems

Module 3: Editing and Publishing Your Work

Reading 1: Popular Genres
Topic 1: Bestselling Books
Topic 2: Writing Romance Fiction
Topic 3: Writing Historical Fiction
Topic 4: Making Crime Pay — From Writing Not Murder
Topic 5: Fantasy and Science Fiction
Topic 6: Horror Stories
Topic 7: More Tips for Genre Writing

Reading 2: Screenplays, Stage Plays, Television
Topic 1: Stage Plays
Topic 2: Screenplays for Film and Television
Topic 3: Film — Making Your Mark on the Big Screen

Reading 3: Editing Techniques
Topic 1: Fellowships and Prizes
Topic 2: Writing Non-Fiction
Topic 3: Ghost writing
Topic 4: Finding Your Way Around The Internet
Topic 5: Starting With The First Draft
Topic 6: Improving Your Draft
Topic 7: Evaluating Your Writing Style
Topic 8: Copyediting
Topic 9: Professional Editors and Assessors

Reading 4: The Business of Getting Published
Topic 1: Writing a Book Proposal
Topic 2: Tracking Your Work
Topic 3: Do You Need an Agent?
Topic 4: Choosing The Right Publisher
Topic 5: The Role of The Manuscript Reader
Topic 6: Self-Publishing
Topic 7: Final Words

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