Novel Writing and Getting Published


Course Information

The Novel Writing and Getting Published course will help you formulate your ideas and put them down onto paper.

Let's face it, many people come up with ideas but it is the actual writing of the novel that stops them from getting their book written and onto the shelves.

That's where this course is invaluable. You are going to be guided and supported through the stages of starting, exploring and completing your book. You will also learn how to get your book published and how to market 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.

Employers ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.

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 (Novel Writing and Publishing).

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, Novelist, Short Story Writer, Ghost Writer.

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 (Novel Writing and Publishing)
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
What Our Students Say

"Thank you Australian College.

I loved undertaking this course and it has given me invaluable information about the novel writing and publishing process. I have learnt so much and wouldn't have a completed manuscript if not for this course. I am definitely considering starting another course and would highly recommend Australian College to anyone wanting to further their education."

Charlotte Bull, 6th January 2014

"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 2013

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Subject Descriptions

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
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