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Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing

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Award granted Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (Online)

Duration1 year part time
Deakin course codeA561

From 2015, this course is for continuing students only.

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Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing offers studies in various forms of professional writing and editing. 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 of Communication and Creative Arts 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.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study from the specified list of units below.

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Course structure

Trimester 1

ALW730 Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay  

ALW732 Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out  

ALW734 Script Writing A  

ALW736 Poetics of Writing A  

ALW738 Editing  

Trimester 2

ACA715 Creative Enterprise Project  

ALL705 Short Stories: Writers and Readers  

ALL706 Histories, Fictions  

ALW720 Narrative Nonfiction: Stories of Place  

ALW729 Writing for Communication Media  

ALW731 Creative Non-Fiction Writing B  

ALW733 Fiction Writing: Ideas and Innovations  

ALW735 Script Writing B  

ALW739 Publishing  



Notes: Students may complete any combination of units, though they should be aware that B units require A units as prerequisites.


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