Professional Writing and Editing Upgrade (Prerequisite PW)


Course Information

The Professional Writing and Editing Upgrade course is a detailed writing course that is incredibly 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.

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.


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 (Advanced Writing & Editing).

Career Opportunities

Professional Writer, Freelance Writer/Editor, Literary Editor.

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

"During the course I was working full-time and even had a baby! I would recommend the college to anyone who needs to study at their own pace, not the at the pace of the college."

Yvonne Clarke, 13th 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 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
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