Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing

Course summary for international students

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing
Deakin course code A561

Course sub-headings

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.

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.

Course structure

Trimester 1

ALW730Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALW732Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW734Script Writing A

ALW736Poetics of Writing A


Trimester 2

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ALL705Short Stories: Writers and Readers

ALL706Histories, Fictions

ALW720Narrative Nonfiction: Stories of Place

ALW729Writing for Communication Media

ALW731 Creative Non-Fiction Writing B (Final year of offer 2014)
ALW733 Fiction Writing: Ideas and innovations (Final year of offer 2014)

ALW735Script Writing B


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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