Short Story Writing


Course Information

The Short Story Writing course you will teach you about your role as a short story writer, how to communicate to a reading audience, how to network and present stories to the market.

You will learn all about your role as a short story writer, how to communicate to a reading audience, how to network and present stories to the market. And you will learn about pace, rhythm, tone, transitions, point of view, dialogue, characterisation, use of narrative, setting, story structure and more.

"Master the form of the short story, and you can write anything."

Jennifer Dabbs, (Interview: 24th May 1996)


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 Certificate in Professional Writing (Short Story 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

Short Story Writer, Professional Writer, Freelance 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:
Certificate in Professional Writing (Short Story Writing)
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
What Our Students Say

"Thank you Australian College.

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this course. I feel that I have gained a great level of knowledge and insight into the world of creative writing, and would not hesitate in recommending the college to family and friends or to undertaking further courses with the college."

Michael Gore, 13th January 2014

"I have completed distance, online learning with other institutions previously and I found Australian College to be one of the most professional, efficient and focused providers of distance learning that I have enrolled with. Thank you for your support."

Nadine Taylor, 17th 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

course information brochure

Would you like more information?

download your fast course information button

or call us on 1300 783 283


Subject Descriptions

Unit 1 - Foundations of Writing and the Industry
Reading 1 - Overview of the Writing Industry
Industry overview
The writing industry and you
Forms of writing
Where the work is
Network contacts
Tools and references
Reading 2 - Short Story Writing
A brief history of the short story
Introduction to the elements of short story writing
From fact to fiction
Redrafting your work
Unit 2 - Refining your Short Story
Reading 1 - The Art of Writing Your Stories
The elements revisited
More about writing
Rewriting your stories
Reading 2 - Elements of the Contemporary Short Story
Elements of contemporary short story
Writing, editing and workshopping stories
Communication and presentation protocols
Reading 3 - Polishing Your Stories
Writing and refining your stories
Identifying your writing markets
Public presentation
Check your progress
Click to customise a flexible
payment plan