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Introduction to Creative Writing


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

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 have a penchant for writing this course is sure to kickstart your creative writing career.

The Introduction to Creative Writing is an introductory professional development program that will provide you with 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.

At the end of this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to successfully distribute and sell your creative writing pieces.

Course Structure

Unit - Creative Writing

  • Creative writing scope
  • Creative writing plots
  • Oral storytelling
  • Types of creative writing
  • Writing methodologies
  • Time management
  • Using formulas
  • Writing techniques
  • Framing time
  • Constructing timelines
  • Objectivity and subjectivity
  • Plot
  • Conflict and obstacles
  • Point of view
  • Character development
  • Endings
  • Script writing
  • News scripts
  • Writing dialogue
  • Writing genres
  • Children’s books
  • Fantasy writing
  • Crime fiction
  • Poetry
  • Science fiction
  • Romance and relationship writing
  • Commercial genres
  • Creative marketing
  • Non-fiction writing
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Creative writing techniques
  • Rhythm and landmark events
  • Crisis – conflict – resolution
  • Escapism
  • Paradox
  • Metaphors and similes
  • Imagery
  • Language
  • Exaggerating reality
  • Writer’s block
  • Writing and the law
  • Publishing your work
  • Self-publishing
  • Distributing and selling your work
  • Writing contracts


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


9 Creative Writing Prompts (To Inspire Your First Novel)

10 Best Creative Writing Careers

Payment Information

Certificate Course


  • 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;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




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  • Includes unlimited access
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