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If you've got a way with words, we've got courses that could help you turn your raw potential into a profession. With courses across creative writing, script writing, and non-fiction writing, and specialist courses in writing fantasy, romance and writing for children, we'll help you find and refine your style, and bring your stories to life.

Marcus Raven

I found the online learning experience to be excellent. If ever I needed help in understanding an assignment, I just emailed the trainer who always replied very quickly.
Marcus Raven

Melissa Grey

Studying at Open Colleges was the best decision I ever made. Its opened so many doors already.
Melissa Grey
Yvonne Mes

Yvonne Mes

“It went really well, I enjoyed the material and assignments. The feedback from my trainer was extremely helpful and included many handouts that were relevant to writing for children. And now I have received an initial offer of purchase for my story!"
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Ken Whitelaw

Open Space is a great way to communicate with fellow students, where I gained help with assignment questions on a number of occasions.
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Writing & Communication Courses

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Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Learn to harness the power of your ideas and take your passion for writing and editing to a new level.
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Certificate in Creative Writing

Open Colleges Certificate in Creative Writing provides an introduction to the craft of creative writing and an overview of the skills required in various writing disciplines.

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Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading

Do you have a passion for words and an eye for detail? Does poor punctuation, gratuitous grammar, and waffling writing make your blood boil a little bit?  If so, this specialised course could be the perfect fit for you!

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Certificate in Professional Children's Writing

Children's writing is an expansive field encompassing, among other categories, non-fiction, educational books and genre fiction.
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Certificate in Freelance Travel Writing & Photography

This Open Colleges course has been developed for students seeking to capitalise on the market for packaged travel articles and photography.
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Certificate in Freelance Sports Writing & Photography

This specialist Australian College of Journalism at Open Colleges course provides fundamental training for aspiring sports journalists.
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Certificate in Professional Scriptwriting

Writing for film, television, video and radio is a highly specialised craft, and Open Colleges Certificate in Professional Scriptwriting has been developed to give aspiring scriptwriters the specific skills needed to gain employment in the industry.
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Certificate in Writing a Best-seller

Do you have the next great Australian novel inside, but need a bit of help to bring it to life? Our course in Writing a Best Seller can help you bring your story to life, and understand the business side of publishing.
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Certificate in Non-fiction Writing & Publishing

Get the confidence to tackle any non-fiction writing project, from biographies and features through to reports, speeches or historical writing. Discover research techniques, hone your editing, and learn how to pitch to editors.

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Certificate in Crime, Mystery & Suspense Writing

The popular crime fiction genre offers many opportunities for successful authors to pursue full-time and part-time writing careers.

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Certificate in Advanced Freelance Journalism

This course will help you develop your skills to expand your journalism career and take it to the next level. Covering both print and electronic media, as well as the business side of journalism, plus publishing fundamentals.

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Certificate in Short Story Writing

There is a market for well-written short stories and this course will help aspiring authors to identify opportunities for publication.
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Certificate in Romance Writing

Whether you are interested in romance writing as a hobby or aspire to publication, this course will provide you with highly relevant skills and industry knowledge.
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Certificate in Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Writing

Whether you enjoy writing for pleasure or seek a pathway to a writing career, this specialised Open Colleges course provides a fascinating introduction to a booming genre.

Support

Student support is at the heart of everything we do. You can access our online campus – Open Space – at any time, and connect with other students and expert trainers and assessors for support and advice. Our friendly student support team is also just a phone call away to provide you with academic advice, assistance with enrolment, or help with finding a work placement.

Affordable

Making the decision to study is a significant investment. We assist you with making that decision by giving you the option to pay in weekly, fortnightly or monthly installments, meaning that you don’t have to come up with a large portion of payment upfront. However, if you do choose to pay upfront, significant savings can be a benefit.

Flexible

We recognise that you have a busy lifestyle and are time constrained. That’s why we do everything possible to ensure flexibility for our learners. Your course starts whenever you are ready, and you progress at your own pace. There's no fixed lectures or scheduled exams, and you have access to all learning materials and support at all times.

Accessible

We understand that you demand the highest quality in your education, that's why most of our qualifications are nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. All of our courses are designed and delivered by industry experts. Open Colleges has also partnered with North Coast TAFE to offer the most innovative TAFE courses to enhance your future career prospects.