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Certificate in Creative Writing

For all you aspiring writers, this online Certificate in Creative Writing gives you training in various genres, as well as practical skills in editing and marketing.


Many people feel like they have a book in them, but all too few actually make it happen. This online creative writing course will provide you with the tools to structure your ideas and get them into print.


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Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading

The Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading from Open Colleges will give you the skills to become a freelance or in-house editor.


This course is ideal for freelance and in-house writers who wish to hone their skills and work in any number of industries. The ability to skilfully edit and proofread is essential not only in the publishing industry but also in government departments, printing companies and many other businesses that produce written communications.


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Certificate in Professional Children's Writing

Studying this online professional children’s writing course will give you the industry training to turn your passion for children’s writing into a successful career.


If you aspire to write for children and teenagers, this course will give you the education and training to turn your ideas into a commercial success. Combine your passion with the pointers on plot, structure, characterisation and dialogue and you could be the next JK Rowling.


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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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Certificate in Freelance Sports Writing and Photography

The Certificate in Freelance Sports Writing and Photography will train you to write on a professional level about your passion for sport.


If you are passionate about sport and want to turn this love into a lucrative freelance career, then this course is ideal for you. Upon completion of this course you will have the skills to elevate your interest to a professional level. Freelance sports writing and photography also offers the opportunity for interstate and international travel.


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Master of Arts (Writing)

The online Master of Arts (Writing) course from Swinburne University focuses on a wide range of writing genres.


This program addresses the growing need for written content in the Information Age. Industry practitioners are increasingly reporting the unmet demand for multimedia authors and writers of content. Indeed, the application of new technologies has led to an increase in demand for all types of writing.


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Certificate in Writing a Bestseller

This Certificate in Writing a Bestseller will give you the skills to get your manuscript noticed.


You’ll learn about essential literary elements and the publishing market, and gain the skills to fill your pages with complex characters and a page-turning plot involving conflict, betrayal, suspense, climax, resolution and redemption.


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Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing 22203VIC

Advance your professional writing skills with this Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing online course. Focusing on creating both fiction and non-fiction content for digital environments, you’ll be able to use your skills in a range of corporate settings.



Focusing on creating both fiction and non-fiction content for digital environments, you’ll be able to use your skills in a range of corporate settings.


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Certificate in Non-Fiction Writing and Publishing

This Certificate in Non-Fiction Writing and Publishing will give you the writing and business skills to work in publishing.


On completion of this course you will have the skills and knowledge to turn your passion for factual writing and researching into a rewarding career path. You could find employment at a media organisation, research body, government department, be privately commissioned to write projects, or start your own business.


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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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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.

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There are currently 19,356 Writing job openings in Australia*. The average salary for a Writing job in Australia is $57,999.

The Australian Government Department of Employment estimates a projected employment growth to 2018 of 15,600 jobs for the Writing industry in Australia.

Gaining a Writing qualification will significantly increase your career prospects for Writing jobs in Australia. Studying an online course with an accredited Australian provider gives you the flexibility you need to study at your own pace.

Education in Australia

  • The percentage of people employed in Australia with a bachelor's degree or higher qualification: 29%
  • The percentage of people employed in Australia with a cert III or higher VET qualification: 31%
  • The percentage of people employed in Australia without a post-school qualification: 36%

Employment in the Writing industry in Australia

Australia has a population of 23,625,031, with a total of 11,645,500 people currently employed. The average job seeker age for Australia is 37 years and the current unemployment rate sits at 5.7%. Part-time workers make up 46% of the workforce in Australia.

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