Creative Writing Course | Online


Course Information

The Creative Writing online 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.


Australian College provides you with a range of payment plan options. You can pay upfront, pay by instalment or completely customise your own payment plan here.

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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.


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

Qualification Pathways
  • Complete the required training and the assessment requirements
  • Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
  • Apply for Credit Transfer (CrT)
Career Opportunities

Fiction Writer, Short Story Writer, Non-Fiction Writer, Poet, Children's Writer, Script Writer, Media Writer, Novelist.

Course Summary
Course Code:
Delivery Mode:
Online and Flexible delivery
Assessments may vary according to each subject, but may include one or more of the following:
  • Short answers questionnaires
  • Written tasks/Written essays
  • Multiple choice/true or false questions
  • Workplace hours
  • Scenario-based case studies, practical projects with product or software, documents or diagrams.
Qualification Gained:
Diploma of Professional Writing (Creative Writing)
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
What Our Students Say

"I have recently completed the Diploma of Professional Writing (Creative Writing) and believe the course is of a very high standard. If you are wanting to learn real skills in writing, editing, publishing and are serious about taking your writing to a whole new level then this is the course for you. With the honest and encouraging feedback from the very qualified tutors I grew in confidence within my abilities to complete the course and completing a first draft of a novel. With the knowledge and skills I have learnt from this course.

I am well on my way to being published with positive contact from several publishers."

Craig Carter, 8th August 2013

"I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and I am confident it has provided me with the necessary skills to further develop my writing career.

The staff and tutors have been very helpful and the course content is very informative, providing lots of helpful tips. I have learnt so much, had one short story published and I am excited to apply my new skills and knowledge into continued writing projects in the future.

Thank you!"

Veronica Dayman, 5th February 2014

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Subject Descriptions

Unit 1 - Developing Your Creative Writing
Reading 1 - Creative Writing for Pleasure and Profit
Introduction to creative writing
Your writing menu
The writer's toolbox
Getting started
Basic grammar points
Reading 2 - Structure in Your Writing
Your writing direction
Drawing on your experiences
Text structure
Words of wisdom
Reading 3 - Finding Your Point of View
Introducing point of view
First person point of view
Second person point of view
Third person point of view
The various uses of tense
Reading 4 - Character, Plot and Dialogue
Being character driven
Where do characters come from?
Major and minor characters
Reasons for using dialogue
Features of dialogue
Dialects and unusual speech patterns
Setting out dialogue
Unit 2 - Creating a Writing Portfolio
Reading 1 - Plotting a Story
Developing the plot
The power of conflict
Drawing up a plan
The blueprint: basic structures
Arranging the story
Reading 2 - Atmosphere, Mood and Style
Creating a sense of place
Authentic descriptions
Symbolic meaning in description
Voice is different from voices
Making your work original and your words sing
Imagery, metaphors and similes
Pacing yourself
Reading 3 - Writing Life Stories
Autobiography and memoir
Writing your family history
Writing a biography
Recommended reading
Reading 4 - Writing Poetry
Poetry today
Finding inspiration
Learning the craft
Different types of poems
Unit 3 - Editing and Publishing Your Work
Reading 1 - Popular Genres
Bestselling books
Writing romance fiction
Writing historical fiction
Making crime pay -from writing not murder
Fantasy and science fiction
Horror stories
More tips for genre writing
Reading 2 - Screenplays, Stage Plays, Television
Stage plays
Screenplays for film and television
Film -making your mark on the big screen
Reading 3 - Editing Techniques
Fellowships and prizes
Writing non-fiction
Ghost writing
Finding your way around the internet
Starting with the first draft
Improving your draft
Evaluating your writing style
Professional editors and assessors
Reading 4 - The Business of Getting Published
Writing a book proposal
Tracking your work
Do you need an agent?
Choosing the right publisher
The role of the manuscript reader
Final words
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