Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Code: 22091VIC
Study Area:
Writing and Music

Start date: ​February 2020

Your career as a writer and editor starts here!

If you love to write and want to improve and develop your writing and editing skills, this is the right course for you.The Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing is designed to build upon skills and knowledge attained after studying the Certificate IV in Professional Writing or through industry experience.The course is designed to suit the needs of a range of writing industry professionals, including public relations writers, journalists, editors, fiction writers, proof readers, freelance writers, poets, screenwriters, children’s writers, internet writers and more.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full-Time – Face-to-Face – 12 months. Part-time enrolments available.


This qualification is state recognised

Possible careers
  • • Journalism • Technical writing • Corporate writing • Writing in electronic media • Speechwriting • Educational writing • Copy editing • Structural editing and publishing • Freelance writer

  • An interview by teaching staff, a literacy and numeracy assessment and presentation of a portfolio of writing. During the interview your ability to do the following will be assessed: • Write short works (approximately 1000 words) suitable for publication in any media. • Correct another's written work for grammar, punctuation and appropriate use of language. • Provide an objective critique of another's written work in a positive manner to assist re-writing. • Basic computer skills, especially word processing and using the web. • You should also be able to demonstrate a broad reading experience.

    Note: Applicants unable to demonstrate these requirements should think about applying for entry into our Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing..

Course overview


This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to work as a professional writer and editor.

Do you have unpublished writing you don’t know what to do with? Do you want to know how to edit and present your work at industry standard to get it published or do you want to self-publish?

This industry standard course has been designed to refine the skills developed in the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing course or your personal or industry writing experience.

You will learn the skills required in the contemporary writing and editing industry which suit the needs of a range of writing industry professionals in a rapidly changing digital world.

To complement your creative and technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, know how to deliver to a deadline and develop publishing and writing project-management skills.

You will develop a portfolio of your original written work and have an opportunity to be published in Painted Words, an annual, professionally produced and printed anthology of student writing.


Through hands-on experience you will develop the skills required to write a broad range of material.

Subjects covered include short story writing, journalism, public relations writing and corporate writing, writing for the new media, editing and proof-reading, digital-publishing, writing poetry and song lyrics, novel writing, non-fiction writing and screenwriting.

Literature and cultural studies include literary theory, theories of creativity, myths and symbols for writers and the history of writing/texts, popular fiction - science fiction, fantasy, general fiction, historical fiction, romance, horror, thrillers and more.

You will also learn the skills required to effectively use industry-standard applications such as Microsoft Word and specialist digital-publishing programmes such as Adobe’s InDesign and Photoshop

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Interview , literacy and numeracy assessment, presentation of a portfolio of writing

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Assessments may include practical written project-work and oral tasks.

Learning options
  • Your course is classroom centred in a studio-based environment.

Key study areas

Industry skills 2

• CUFIND201A Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge • CUFIND401A Provide services on a freelance basis

Industry project

• VU20278 Refine editing skills • BSBPMG510A Manage projects

Fiction writing 2

• VU20277 Refine writing skills

Non-fiction writing 2

• VU20276 Write non-fiction • CUFWRT402A Write extended stories

Content creation for new media 2

• BSBDES402A Interpret and respond to a design brief • BSBWRT401A Write complex documents

History of writing and literature 2

• BSBCRT403A Explore the history and social impact of creativity • CUFRES401A Conduct research

Writing for video, film and television 2

• CUFWRT601A Write scripts • CUFWRT402A Edit scripts

Poetry and lyric writing 2

• CUAMCP302A Write song lyrics • BSBCRT402A Collaborate in a creative process

Desktop publishing

• BSBITU309A Produce desktop published documents • BSBITU404A Produce complex desktop published documents

Note: the units listed above include core and elective units. To achieve the qualification, you must successfully complete seven core units and six electives. Unit selection takes place during a pre-enrolment interview..

Further study opportunities
  • Bendigo TAFE has an articulation agreement from the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing into Deakin University’s Batchelor of Arts (Creative Writing) which includes a guaranteed place in with 8 credits (equivalent to one-year study).


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

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*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

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