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The Professional Writing and Editing online course is a detailed writing course that is designed to be comprehensive. You will learn about different kinds of writing; writing styles; how to draft out non-fiction pieces, edit and fine-tuning your work; how to lay out technical documents and writing content for web pages.

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Why study writing and editing?

Part of being successful within the writing and editing industry is to be constantly aware of change and of the current trends. This is not to say that you need to follow the trends or allow yourself to be dictated by them, but it is essential to know and understand the nature of the industry in which you are working, the key people within it, the way it is developing and how to adapt to change.

Whether you aim to be a novelist, a journalist, an editor, a screenwriter, a short story writer or a business writer, there are many common skills which translate across all of these professions and which the Professional Writing and Editing online course will consolidate and expand on.

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Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Diploma of Professional Writing (Writing and Editing)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Short Answer Questions, Writing Assessments, Practical Editing Tasks
Nationally recognised
Career Opportunities
  • Professional Writer
  • Freelance Writer/Editor
  • Business Writer
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Course fees

Payment Option 1 - $2,000.00 upfront*
Payment Option 2 - $300.00 Deposit then 20 x $100.00 Weekly = $2,300.00*
Payment Option 3 - Completely customise your own payment plan here.

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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

Grammar 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 - Corporate 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

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 great customer service and prompt responses to my email enquiries helped me to choose Australian College as my preferred online training course. This was also the case while completing my course online and the trainers were especially helpful with their responses and feedback.

I would be happy to recommend Australian College and would strongly consider their courses for any future study requirements. Thank you!"

Rima Obeid

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