They say there’s at least one great novel in all of us just waiting to be released. Could yours be the next bestseller? If you love writing, this course is sure to kickstart your creative writing career.
The Creative Writing Program is a professional development opportunity for aspiring authors that will provide the knowledge, skills and techniques required to create compelling fiction and creative non-fiction.
In this online creative writing course, you will discover the scope and nature of creative writing, writing methodologies and techniques, research and writing inspiration, story and character development and how to write realistic dialogue.
You will hone your creative writing skills, including how to kick-start your writing process, boost your writing confidence and learn how to develop compelling characters.
Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to analyse texts, write feature articles, construct outlines of fiction stories, plan writing projects, undertake research and prepare a portfolio of creative writing ready for submission to publishers.
Your creative writing portfolio will be assessed by a published author who will provide you with constructive feedback, support, and guidance.
On completion of this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to successfully distribute and sell your creative writing pieces.
Unit 1 - Introduction
What is creative writing
What’s different about creative writing
Information and creativity
Forms of Writing
Creative Writing resources
What is needed for success
The business of writing
Unit 2 - Basic Creative Writing Skills
Words and their proper use
Types of language
Parts of language (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, plurals, possessive nouns & pronouns, gender, adjectives, articles)
Common grammatical errors (fragmented sentences, run on sentences, comma splices, dangling modifiers).
Run on sentences
Whom or who
Pronouns and Antecedents
Creating and critiquing
Settings or scenes
Mood or atmosphere
Point of view
Unit 3 - Using Concise Clear Language
Slice of life fiction
Conciseness and Succinctness
Causes of ambiguity
Doubt and ambiguity
Hinge points and ambiguity
Unit 4 - Planning What You Write
Establishing a theme
Writing a synopsis
Unit 5 - Writing Fiction
Scope or Range
Unit 6 - Writing Non-fiction
Creative non fiction
Cause and effect
Comparison and contrast
Developing a profile
Unit 7 - Newspaper Writing
What to write
Unit 8 - Writing for Magazines
Scope of magazine writing
What publishers want
Writing for public relations
Selling your work
Unit 9 - Writing Books
Getting a contract
Non fiction books
Unit 10 - Special Project
Organising a portfolio to sell yourself
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application. Fees Apply.
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.