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QUALIFICATION - Advanced Certificate in Professional Writing & Editing

Course CodeVWR024
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

Train in Writing and Editing - professional training for writers

  • Improve the quality of your writing.
  • Evaluate and understand deficiencies in your own writing.
  • Develop your skills in writing - understand different approaches, forms, and techniques of writing.
  • Understand how to write in a manner appropriate to your target audience.
  • Understand the role and scope of an Editor.
  • Learn about the processes from  assessing a manuscript through to preparing copy for printing.
  • Learn about collaborative working on projects.
  • Study the processes involved in editing through to publishing in different media - in print and online.
  • Undertake practical exercises that will familiarise you with the requirements of the publishing world.
  • Tailor the qualification to suit your goals - whether you want to learn more about running a business, an office, or if you want to know more about marketing, specific types of writing (e.g. fiction, script writing, dramatic writing), writing a website (HTML), and much more.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their writing skills, both professionally or for their own interest. It is suitable for anyone who has a desire to write. Persons who the course is appropriate for will include:
  • Professional Writers wanting to improve and update their skills
  • Amateur Writers
  • Bloggers
  • Writers
  • Web development writers
  • Content Editors
  • Copywriters
  • Marketing writers
  • Article writers
  • Teachers

This course is suitable for anyone wanting to build upon and improve their existing writing skills.

 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the QUALIFICATION - Advanced Certificate in Professional Writing & Editing.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Creative Writing BWR103
 Editing I BWR106
 Freelance Writing BWR102
 Research Project I BGN102
 Editing Practice BWR305
 Technical Writing (Advanced) BWR301
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 23 modules.
 Business Operations VBS006
 Childrens Writing BWR104
 Course Writing and Development BWR107
 Dramatic Writing BWR110
 Html - Writing An Internet Website VIT102
 Legal Systems and Terminology BWR108
 Office Practices VBS102
 Poetry BWR109
 Publishing I BWR107
 Workshop I BGN103
 Writing Fiction BWR105
 Advanced Freelance Writing (Applied Writing) BWR201
 Ethics BPS217
 Graphic Design BIT205
 Information Security BIT203
 Internet Marketing BIT204
 Publishing II BWR202
 Research Project II BGN201
 Research Project III BGN202
 Script Writing BWR204
 Workshop II BGN203
 Editing II (Diversifying Editing Skills) BWR302
 Publishing III BWR303
 

Note that each module in the QUALIFICATION - Advanced Certificate in Professional Writing & Editing is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Planning A Technical Document

We have all experienced the manual or instructional pamphlet that leaves us absolutely bewildered. It may be because the diagrams do not seem to match the text, the grammar is incorrect or ambiguous, or there is no clear, logical format. Such documents appear, and probably are, badly or insufficiently planned.

Planning your writing is vital. The backbone of technical writing is defining the problem and the desired outcome. Then, knowing exactly what the purpose of your writing is and understanding your audience, you can plan how best to achieve the desired outcomes. For one thing, you will need to determine a realistic time frame for writing. As the old adage says, ‘time is money’. Your employer will probably want you to also work within a budget.  

When planning, you will need to determine what research is required, and to plan a strategy for acquiring and analysing the research material. Then, you will need to plan how long you will need to write a draft, then edit your draft for flow, clarity, logical sequencing, and formatting that will make the document easy to read and visually appealing; then, how long will be required for proofreading (which may best be carried out by another person).

Creating a Technical Document

The five steps to creating a technical document are:

  1. Research the document – gather information 
  2. Plan – decide on the format
  3. Write – create an outline and then write the first draft
  4. Verify – check the accuracy of what you have written
  5. Revise – amend the document before publication

Researching The Document

All documents require research. Even highly trained technicians writing documents directly related to their field need to carry out some research, for example, checking the demographics of their audience or double-checking specification data. Since many technical writers are professional writers, not industry-trained technicians, the research phase is imperative to ensure the document is accurate and usable. The writer needs to determine what research needs to be done so they can write a document suited to their audience, and they need to determine how they will carry out their research. 

Researching involves gathering as much relevant information as possible, sifting through data to get to the specifics, and then organising and analysing the data. Most writers use a range of information sources including expert technicians (sometimes called ‘subject matter experts’), product developers and marketers, and published literature (in journals, on the internet, reference books etc.), as well as their own first-hand observations or findings. 

Learn more through study, research, and practical exercises

Study the Advanced Certificate In Professional Writing And Editing from ACS. Enrol on this course and in addition to receiving quality course materials, you will benefit from guidance and feedback to your assignments from our experienced and highly knowledgeable tutors.

By choosing from a range of Elective Modules you tailor the qualification to your own goals and professional development.

The course is studied by distance learning and our online and eLearning study options mean that you choose where and when you study.

The course can be started at any time - you can enrol today.

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Meet some of our academics

Adriana Fraser Adriana has been a professional writer since the 1980's. She was a regular contributor to Australia's Grass Roots magazine for more than a decade, and in the 90's wrote a biography of one of Victoria's pioneering women. She has contributed to newspapers, magazines and newsletters for decades, and seen hundreds of pieces of her work published across Australia and beyond. Today, she is a regular contributor to Home Grown magazine, and part of the stable of authors who work on developing ebooks for ACS publishing division. She has been a tutor with ACS since the mid 1990's and has also been contributed to the development of course notes for several different education institutions. Qualifications -Cert.Child Care., Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert in Assessment and Training., Cert.Hort., Adv.Dip.Hort.
Christine ToddUniversity lecturer, businesswoman, photographer, consultant and sustainability expert; with over 40 years industry experience B.A., M.Plan.Prac., M.A.(Social). An expert in planning, with years of practical experience in permaculture.
Rachel SyersRachel has worked as a newspaper journalist for the past 15 years in a range of roles from sub-editor and social columnist to news reporter, covering rounds such as education, health, council, music, television, court, police, Aboriginal and Islander affairs, and agriculture. Her current role is Fashion Editor, features writer and features sub-editor with The Gold Coast Bulletin. She has co-authored a successful biography "Roma: From Prison to Paradise" about former prisoner-of-war turned yoga guru, Roma Blair, as well as freelanced as a writer, reviewer and researcher for Australian music and celebrity magazines such as WHO Weekly, Rave, Australasian Post and New Idea. Rachel has a B.Journalism.
Rosemary Davies Journalist, Editor, Broadcaster, Teacher and Consultant for over 30 years. Rosemary is former gardening editor for the Weekly Times (a Weekly Farming Newspaper in Australia); and author of six books in her own right. She has written articles for many magazines across Australia, and has since 2008 worked as a tutor and freelance writer with ACS; contributing to books a range of genres.


Check out our eBooks

Professional WritingHow many people dream about becoming a professional writer? Professional writing is any writing that you are being paid for. It can include fiction writing, a best-selling book, articles in a magazine, articles in a newspaper, blogs for companies, technical manuals, copy for catalogues, newsletters, text books, other academic material and so on. However, many people just write for sheer pleasure. A must read for anyone wanting to make money from writing. 63 pages
How to be a Successful EditorLearn all of tips for editing success from the experts! This 60 page ebook will give you lots of tips on becoming a successful editor.
Technical WritingThe Technical Writing ebook has been written for anybody who would like to become a technical writer, add technical writing to their repertoire of skills, or improve their technical writing skills.
Writing for ChildrenThe Writing for Children ebook is aimed at writers or people who want to write for a young audience but aren't quite sure where to start. Get to know more about writing for this age group, including the use of appropriate language and context.