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Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing)

This Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing) online course by Curtin University will give you the training to excel in the craft of writing and pursue a career in publishing.


Graduates can expect to be employed in research, writing, editing and publishing in government and industry, as well as the not-for-profit sector, arts organisations, and the magazine and book industries.


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Academic Writing Course unit

This Academic Writing unit provides an introduction to strategies and methods for communicating effectively through your writing.


Delivered online by Griffith University, you will gain essential skills in the research and composition of essays for an academic context.


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Creative Writing, Forms and Structures Course unit

Learn the fundamental principles that underpin creative writing by studying this online Creative Writing, Forms and Structures unit from Griffith University.


The unit covers a range of different writing formats including poetry, screenwriting, critical reviews and personal essays.


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Genre Writing Course unit

Explore and discuss the guidelines for categorisation of cultural texts in this online Genre Writing unit offered by Macquarie University.


Learn to critically analyse genre markers, and apply this knowledge in order to create genre writing pieces.


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Preparing for Academic Writing Course unit

Get ready for your university studies with this online Preparing for Academic Writing unit of study from Open Universities Australia.


Essays and reports are a major part of university assessments, and you need to conform to academic rules. You can gain the confidence and clarity you need with this unit.


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Professional Writing Placement Course unit

Professional Writing Placement is an online unit provided by Curtin University, which allows you to enhance your writing skills within an approved public or private sector workplace.


You will undertake a range of written tasks, and assessment will be provided by both academic and workplace supervisors.


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Textual Practices - Capstone Unit Course unit

This Textual Practices – Capstone Unit looks at the emergence and practice of the literary essay as a major genre of writing across many subject areas.


Delivered online by Macquarie University, this unit consolidates prior learning in the field of English and links the essay to other major literary genres.


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Writing and Research for Professional Contexts Course unit

This online Writing and Research for Professional Contexts unit from Curtin University introduces writing and research tasks common to both public and private sector workplaces.


The unit also teaches students independent and collaborative workplace-specific writing skills related to the management and resolution of a range of policy and professional practice issues.


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Writing Creative Non-Fiction Course unit

Studying this course unit with Curtin University will equip you with a thorough understanding of writing creative non-fiction.


This unit is a core requirement of the Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing) program and equips you with the foundational knowledge to put a professional edge on your prose.


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Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance Course unit

This online Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance unit from Griffith University explores the highly successful popular culture fiction genres of crime, chick literature and lad fiction.


The unit examines the genres’ historical and artistic development, and develops practical writing techniques via a folio of original work of two stories featuring different techniques, and critical analysis of a popular culture product.


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Writing for Children and Young Adults Course unit

This online unit in Writing for Children and Young Adults gives writers an overview of the current industry trends, issues and literary concerns impacting the young fiction market.


Offered by Griffith University, the unit also explores social and cultural issues such as gender, race and subculture, and helps you develop a portfolio of short works.


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Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction Course unit

This online Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction unit from Griffith University focuses on writing in genre narrative, using popular gothic and speculative fiction as a springboard.


The unit explores the origins of the gothic novel and its cousins, speculative and fantasy fiction, and how they have sometimes been controversial story forms that explore the outer edges of imagination through fantasy, space, myth, the future, the supernatural and desire.


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Writing Humour Course unit

This online Writing Humour unit from Curtin University examines the theory and practice of humour writing, and engages students critically and creatively with the genres’ different styles and publication contexts.


The unit covers parody, irony, anecdote, political satire, domestic, grotesque and absurd humour, investigative reporting humour, stand up and stunt comedy, and joke writing.


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Writing Poetry Course unit

In this online Writing Poetry unit from Griffith University students will create their own portfolio of poetic works through weekly creative writing exercises.


The unit will develop your understanding of poetry's history, evolution and traditions through examining and writing poetry from various historical and contemporary traditions.


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Writing the Short Story Course unit

This online Writing the Short Story unit from Griffith University focuses on the technical aspects of writing in various genres, styles and viewpoints in short story form, using a range of practical, critical and editorial strategies.


The unit allows you to examine aspects of your own writing process in critical depth as well as the nature of creativity and creative skills through reading acclaimed writers' works.


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Writing the Zeitgeist Course unit

How do you make your writing relevant? This online unit of study on Writing the Zeitgeist from Curtin University will get your writing style up to scratch.


Expand your approach to writing and explore different genres with this online unit of study – it will expand your repertoire and keep you up to date.


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Writing, Editing and Publishing Course unit

Learn to become a professional editor by workshopping your skills and progressing through different levels of difficulty in this Writing, Editing and Publishing unit of study from Curtin University.


With this thorough introduction to the craft of editing, you will not only learn to edit with accuracy, but you will understand the wider publishing process and the part you will play in it.


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Creative and Professional Writing Course unit

Learn to write powerfully across a range of genres with this online Creative and Professional Writing unit of study from Griffith University.


Good writing is a key skill for public relations, marketing and communications professionals and you can hone your skills with this online unit of study.


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Introduction to Writing Course unit

Learn about the different forms of creative expression with this online Introduction to Writing unit of study from Curtin University.


This unit delves into the role of the writer, research methods, and the techniques involved in writing for creative genres so that you can explore professional writing modes.


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About Writing

These days getting published is easier than ever, but making money from your words is the hard part. Self-publishing has become as simple as clicking a few buttons and paying some conversion fees, but getting powerful publishers to hear you above the cacophony of digital voices, pay you an advance and give you that elusive credibility might feel almost impossible.

The journalism and publishing industries have gone through significant changes over the past few years, and not all of them have been kind to the old way of doing things – but the need for quality content has definitely not disappeared. In fact, content is more valuable than ever, it’s just that it nestles itself in new quarters these days, plotting new ways to get to its audiences.

They say writing is a craft, and that’s a good thing – if we liken it to knitting then it means that with practice it should become more like second nature and a lot less of a tangled mess. So before you send your finely wrought literary creations off to the powers-that-be and hope for a bite, you should think about honing your skills and working out exactly who you are writing for.

Potential writing career outcomes include: Children’s Author, Screenwriter, Author, Advertising Copywriter, Blogger, Executive Assistant, Ghostwriter, Grant Proposal Writer, Editor, Technical Writer.

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