A biography is the story of someone’s life and often highlights their work, achievements, and what contribution they have made to the world. A biography may cover a person’s whole life or only a short period, from a week to a few years. Popular subjects for biographers include historical figures, actors, artists, writers, and political figures.
The Certificate of Biographical Writingis an online program that will teach you how to research, write, edit and publish a biographical piece for publication.
In this professional development course, you will learn about different types of research and information gathering techniques and how to apply the art of fiction to the craft of biography.
You will also learn how to create a biographical timeline, analyse the life of your subject, decide on content, style and structure, and understand the publishing process, copyright and libel laws. In the final lesson, you will bring together everything you have learnt, undertake research and conduct a draft biographical piece of between 2000 and 4000 words.
On completion of this course, you will bring together everything that you have learned to undertake research and construct the first draft of a biography.
Unit 1 - Scope and nature of biographical writing
The difference between a biography and autobiography
Using ghost writers in biographies
Choosing your subject
Biography vs. Memoir
Unit 2 - Researching a biography
Types of evidence
Where to find evidence
Conducting an interview
How to deal with conflicting sources and information
Citations and referencing
Unit 3 - Developing context
Determining your theme
Developing the theme
Themes and structure
Unit 4 - Short biographies
Principles of the Short Biography
Preparing to write from life experience
Unit 5 - Comprehensive biographies
What makes a comprehensive biography comprehensive?
Writing a great biography
Voice in writing
Unit 6 – planning a biography
The short outline
The detail-heavy outline
Outlining the biography
Defining a theme, writing to a central theme
Organising chapter content
Unit 7 - Editing and marketing a biography
Writing a sales package
The publishing process
Publishing processes for Ebooks
Self-publishing your work
Distributing and selling your work
Grants for writing
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;
We offer 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.