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The Advanced Professional Writing and 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.

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There are two pathways into the Advanced Professional Writing and Editing Course:

Pathway 1: Direct entry into the Advanced Professional Writing and Editing Course

Pathway 2: Completion of the Professional Writing and Editing Course then completion of the Professional Writing and Editing Upgrade Course

Both pathways cover the same subjects and materials, and both end in the same result. Pathway 1 is for those who are committed to the full program; Pathway 2 is for those who aren't certain if they want to go the entire distance.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Diploma of Professional Writing (Advanced Writing and Editing)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Course fees
Pay up-front, pay by installment or completely customise your own payment plan here. Employers, ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 18 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Multiple choice, short answer questions
Nationally recognised

Career opportunities

  • Professional Writer
  • Freelance Writer/Editor
  • Business Writer

Course units

Unit 1 - Writing Skills

Reading 1 - Overview of the Writing Industry

Writing and its history
The writing industry and you
Writing categories
The business of writing

Reading 2 - Computer Skills for Writers and Editors

A safe computer environment
Computers and the writer / editor
Basic computer operations
Word processing
Advanced computer features

Reading 3 - Editing: Grammar I

Parts of speech
Problems with parts of speech
Parts of a sentence

Reading 4 - Editing: Grammar II

Evaluating punctuation
Producing documented material
Style: conventions and techniques

Unit 2 - Non-Fiction Writing

Reading 1 - Non-Fiction

Introduction to non-fiction writing
Basic techniques
Observation, reporting, and interview strategies
Writing for different audiences

Reading 2 - Writing for Public Relations I

Planning the writing process
Public relations tools
Developing the message/media outline
Writing internal communication plans
Writing internal communication publications

Reading 3 - Writing for Public Relations II

Effective report writing
Writing support materials
Developing direct mail material
Speech writing
Corporate identity programs
Writing effectively for financial applications

Unit 3 - Writing for Industry

Reading 1 - Cooperate Writing

Corporate writing essentials
Everyday business documents

Reading 2 - Technical Writing

Introduction to technical writing
Writing in plain english
Writing technical materials
Business writing techniques
Instructional writing techniques
Writing policies and procedures

Reading 3 - Writing Content for the Web

Website foundations
Designing your website
Publishing your website
Maintaining your website
Reviewing content for update

Unit 4 - Creative Writing

Reading 1 - Short Story Writing I

A brief history of the short story
The basic elements
From fact to fiction
Redrafting your work

Reading 2 - Short Story Writing II

The elements revisited
More about writing
Rewriting your stories

Reading 3 - Writing and Mythology

Myths and how writers use them
Archetypes and how writers use them

Reading 4 - Myths and Symbols in Writing

Figurative language and the use of symbols
Symbols in literature

Unit 5 - Writing for a Market

Reading 1 - Screenwriting I

Introduction to screenwriting
Structure in screenwriting
Point of view
Screen devices
Developing a screenplay
The synopsis
The scene breakdown

Reading 2 - Screenwriting II

Markets for scripts
Developing the script
Writing the script

Reading 3 - Role of the Editor

The editing role and tasks
Using style manuals, guides and sheets
Copyediting and proofreading
Organising a text
Technology and the editor

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

"The Australian College tutors were very helpful and inspiring. Coming from various backgrounds, they offered industry relevant information, trends, and ideas 'outside the box' at a level of which I would otherwise not have had access.

They helped me to focus on the individual topics through the assignments and extract the most out of the course, making it directly relevant to the industry."

Marnie Bernard, 7th December 2014

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