Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Cloud CampusNo

2 years part-time or equivalent

Deakin course codeA661

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing offers studies in various forms of professional writing and editing for graduates with major sequences in other disciplines. The emphasis is on helping you to develop the skills required to prepare work for publication. In each area of study-fiction, creative non-fiction, writing for children, poetry, editing, publishing and scriptwriting - you will be given practical experience of the process of writing and revision. The program will develop your understanding of the requirements of writing and editing for different readerships. The units in the program will be valuable to you if you are experienced in writing but feel the need for further guidance, or if you want to begin a career in writing. Study at this level can also help you if you are required to write in the course of your employment and wish to enhance your skills in written communication. The editing course introduces you to the key skills required for employment in publishing books and magazines. The School adopts the philosophy that writing and editing should be taught by published writers and practitioners. The teaching staff includes well-known writers and editors, and the program draws on the talents of other publishing professionals as guest speakers.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature (A535)

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course rules

For students commencing from 2015:

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising 6 core units and 2 electives.

Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to the Handbook of the year commenced.

Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:

Core units

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ACC717Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)



ALW740Foundations in Professional and Creative Writing

ALW729 Writing for Communication Media is no longer available for enrolment. Students must instead take ALJ728 

ALJ728Feature Writing


2 credit points of electives chosen from the units offered in the specialisation of Children's Literature, Creative Writing or Literary Studies in the A764 Master of Arts (Writing and Literature).


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Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to the Handbook of the year commenced for course structure details.