Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing
Have you always wanted to write a novel or a children’s book? What about writing for digital media? Or, what about using your gap year to develop your writing skills and get a head start on your future career? Then our professional writing and editing course is the course for you.
At our CAE city campus, you can study this course under the guidance of experienced teachers, all of whom are published writers.
The Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing is a highly practical foundation course designed to help you develop and extend your writing skills. You will learn core computing and editing skills and study subjects such as short story, nonfiction, writing for children, screenwriting, novel writing and journalism.
Writing & Editing
|Study Level||Certificate IV|
FT: 1 year
|Course Type||Victorian TAFE Course|
|Tuition Fee Type||Estimated Annual Fee|
|Gov. Subsidised - Standard||$3023.00|
|Gov. Subsidised - Concession||$605.00|
|Service Fees||Estimated Annual Fees|
|Service & Amenities*||$150|
|Core Skills Support**||$70|
|Annual Material Fees||$232.50|
|Retain Course Items***||No materials fee applies|
* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.
** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.
***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).
The student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
February and July
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Classes are scheduled on weekdays. Attendance days will vary. Full time attendance is usually 3 days a week.
You must have successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent. It is recommended that you have a strong interest in literature and possess high level English writing skills.
To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.
A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.
You can apply for any number of university degree programs.
Direct entry. Submission of writing samples.
Recognition of Prior Learning is available.
This course is government accredited and has national recognition
The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4.
This course may improve your prospects for gaining employment in many fields. You could also become a published writer of fiction or non-fiction.
To complete the Certificate IV in PWE, you will undertake 6 core units and 6 electives.
Overview of PWE themes:
Industry Overview – is designed to give students a broad introduction to the range of occupations within the industry and the major issues associated with these occupations. It involves a series of industry speakers as well as course work on legal aspects and other issues within the industry. Students will participate in personal and group study. Industry Overview comprises the two core units:
- CUAIND301A – Work effectively in the creative arts industry (core)
- CUFCMP301A – Implement copyright arrangements (core)
Editing for Writers – is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required in the use of the English language for writing and editing tasks. Class members will learn the principles of clear language, how to apply appropriate voice and tone, the accepted conventions of grammar and usage, and correct spelling and punctuation. Assessment will include an editing exercise and an open book grammar test, plus regular worksheet exercises. Editing for Writers comprises the core unit:
- VU20880 – Develop writing and editing skills (core)
Short Story – deals with the purpose and form of short fiction as well as technique and style, literary devices and structural elements. Students will plan, develop and organise ideas while taking into account the characteristics of different audiences. Each class comprises a theoretical aspect of writing fiction, analysis of published stories, practical writing exercises and reading and critiquing each other’s work. Assessment may include reviews, presentations and the submission of two short stories. Short Story comprises the following core unit and elective unit:
- VU20881 – Write fiction material (core)
- VU20883 – Write short narratives
Journalism – involves reading and analysing a variety of short pieces: letters, reviews, opinion pieces, profiles, features and travel writing. Students will write a selection of short articles with the intention of having them published in magazines, newspapers and journals. Assessment will be of three pieces handed in at regular times throughout the course. Journalism comprises the elective unit:
- VU20888 – Write journalism
Writing for Children – this subject involves reading and analysing picture books and chapter books for young children (3-9 years) alongside the practical aspects of writing a picture book and a chapter book. Each class comprises discussion of a topic related to children’s literature, practical writing exercises, and reading and critiquing each other’s work. Assessment is of the picture book and the chapter book (up to 6,000 words). Writing for Young children comprises the elective unit:
- VU20886 – Write for young children
Computer Skills for Writers (CSWE) – this subject is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of word processing features to advanced level using Office 2010. CSWE comprises the core unit:
- BSBITU303A – Design and produce text documents (core)
Research Project – is designed to develop the skills necessary to devise a concept for a project; formulate and refine suitable parameters; research and resource the topic; and deliver the major assessment as an oral and written presentation. The Research Project comprises one core unit plus two elective units:
- VU20882 – Write non-fiction material (core)
- CUVPRP301A – Produce creative work
- CUVRES401A – Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
Novel – involves reading and analysing one or more novels, alongside the practical aspects of writing a novel. Each class comprises theoretical aspect of novel writing, practical writing exercises, reading and critiquing each other’s work and writing and redrafting the novel. It is suitable for those with a long term commitment to their novel-writing project and can work well with others. The major assessment is a 10,000-word excerpt from your novel-in-progress. Novel comprises the elective unit:
- VU20884 – Write long narratives
Screenwriting – involves viewing and analysing a variety of short films with regard to character, movement, action, dialogue and story structure. Students will develop and write their own concepts into short films and offer constructive criticism to others in the class. The major assessment is a fifteen minute screenplay. Screenwriting comprises the elective unit:
- VU20890 – Write short scripts
|CUAIND301A||WORK EFFECTIVELY IN THE CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRY||50|
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work effectively in the creative arts industry. These include relationship building, negotiation techniques, work prioritisation and personal development.
|BSBPUB403||DEVELOP PUBLIC RELATIONS DOCUMENTS||80|
|CUFCMP301A||IMPLEMENT COPYRIGHT ARRANGEMENTS||20|
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement individual or collaborative copyright arrangements. This unit is related to CUFCMP501A Manage and exploit copyright arrangements. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.
|BSBITU303A||DESIGN AND PRODUCE TEXT DOCUMENTS||90|
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design and develop predominantly text based documents using advanced features of word processing software.
|CUVPRP301A||PRODUCE CREATIVE WORK||45|
This unit describes the performance outcomes skills and knowledge required to plan and produce creative work in any media through the exploration of ideas and techniques.
|CUVRES401A||RESEARCH HISTORY AND THEORY TO INFORM OWN ARTS PRACTICE||70|
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research history and theory for application to artistic practice.
|VU20880||DEVELOP WRITING AND EDITING SKILLS||120|
This unit covers the knowledge and skills in the use of the English language for writing and editing tasks. It also includes the use of appropriate punctuation, as well as basic proofreading and editing skills.
|VU20881||WRITE FICTION MATERIAL||50|
This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to write fiction material such as, narratives, dialogue, genre and poetry. It also includes the use of appropriate punctuation, as well as basic proof reading and editing skills.
|VU20882||WRITE NON-FICTION MATERIAL||50|
This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to write non-fiction material such as, feature articles, obituaries, reviews and advertorials. It also includes the use of appropriate punctuation, as well as basic proof reading and editing skills.
|VU20883||WRITE SHORT NARRATIVES||70|
|VU20884||WRITE LONG NARRATIVES||70|
|VU20886||WRITE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN||70|
|VU20890||WRITE SHORT SCRIPTS||70|