Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
This practical, industry-focused program will nurture your creative potential while building the skills, expertise and versatility you need to become a professional writer and/or editor.
During your studies you'll work alongside fellow students passionate about reading and writing. You'll also learn from teachers and mentors who are leading practitioners in their fields. Whatever your goal - write a novel, start an online magazine, work as a freelance editor - we'll support and inspire you.
You’ll start by gaining a broad base of skills in fiction, creative nonfiction, professional communication, digital content, grammar and editing. Then you’ll specialise in your preferred areas, with a focus on building a writing portfolio, developing practical projects, and engaging with industry and with readers.
Other opportunities include completing an industry placement, producing the annual Visible Ink anthology, collaborating with creative partners outside the program, and building your professional networks by organising and participating in literary events.
The Professional Writing and Editing program has had a long and proud tradition of producing writers and editors for the publishing and communications industries. Our graduates have become successful authors, publishing books, articles, poetry and stories, and winning major awards and fellowships. Others gain entry-level positions in a competitive industry, and start their own business and entrepreneurial projects. This course also has pathways into higher education courses.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
In your first year, you will begin building your professional writing and editing skills. Through writing fiction and non-fiction you will explore story and structure, research and readership, and learn how to build a strong narrative. You will develop a solid grounding in the use of language, grammar and punctuation, which will assist your writing and inform your studies in copyediting and proofreading.
In applying these skills, you will develop concepts for a range of projects and study the principles and practice of writing for different audiences. You will learn to use industry-standard software to manipulate text and images, and through your electives you will explore specialist writing areas.
In your second year, you will be offered a wide choice of writing and editing electives and the opportunity to further develop your writing projects, learning how to polish and pitch them for publication. You will also have the option of working with others in editing and publishing roles.
You will explore ways of creating content for digital media and can choose to complete an industry placement. By organising and attending industry forums and investigating a self-directed research topic, you will increase your broader professional knowledge, skills and networks.
Throughout the course, learning activities include:
- lectures and seminars
- guest speakers
- group project work
- practical exercises
- field trips.
Content is delivered in a variety of forms including weekly face-to-face classes, seminars, full-day and weekend workshops, laboratory sessions and online. Many classes are held in the evening for those with daytime commitments.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the program and includes:
- publishable writing forms – novels, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, picture books, feature articles, personal essays, opinion pieces, reviews
- professional writing forms – media releases, reports, proposals, copywriting, social media writing, career profiles
- presentations and speeches
- practical projects, e.g. designed publications, websites, blogs
- group project work – producing online magazines, anthologies and books; creating communications strategies
- self-assessment and reflection.
You will benefit from ongoing teacher feedback, class workshopping, class and group discussion and peer review.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will have the opportunity to work in your chosen industry area for at least 48 hours, gaining valuable experience and industry contacts. Past students have completed industry placements in major publishing houses and organisations, and internships with a wide range of journals and magazines. You are also encouraged to seek opportunities interstate and internationally, as well as locally.
Visiting writers, editors and publishing professionals regularly attend our classes and seminars. They offer you vital industry knowledge and networking opportunities. In second year, you may pitch your creative work to editors and publishers who give you feedback. You also receive regular information about job and publishing opportunities, fellowships, writing competitions, and literary events and activities.
- government organisations
- the technical, education and scientific industries
- private consultancies
- advertising agencies
- arts and cultural organisations
- community groups.
Graduates also work as freelance writers and editors, using the industry networks developed during the program.
Graduates work in book, magazine, newspaper and digital publishing in roles such as:
- editor or online editor
- social media writer
- publicity or communications officer
- project manager.
You can complete your industry placement in Australia or overseas. Students are encouraged to submit their writing to local and international publications and to enter competitions world wide.
RMIT’s Education Abroad Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program and course information
Kickstart your creative career as a writer or editor.
Gain exposure to local and international publications and learn industry focused skills that build a pathway to a career and further qualifications.