Feature Writing with Dr Sian Prior


12 hours


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Next Intake

To be determined


Media editors are always looking for fresh and engaging freelance feature content, especially when it comes to travel articles, opinion pieces, personal columns, profiles and informative features. Learn the basics of feature writing and how to pitch and sell your work to relevant publications. You will learn how to find an eye-catching angle, how to write to the traditional formulas of feature articles and how to write for a house-style.

Course content

  • How to come up with a fresh ‘angle’ for a feature article
  • How to tailor your feature articles for a ‘house-style’
  • How to write travel articles
  • How to write opinion pieces and personal columns
  • How to write profiles
  • How to research and write informative features
  • How to identify appropriate publication, then pitch your story ideas and articles to editors.


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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Students must be 18 or over and should have an interest in writing for publication.

Materials supplied

All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Suited to

Public, private and community sector professionals and creatives interested in learning new skills, or refreshing existing ones, in feature writing.


Students will develop an understanding of what editors are seeking from freelance feature writers. They will learn how to identify a fresh angle on a story and pitch it to appropriate publications. They will be introduced to the basic formulas of feature writing, including for travel articles, opinion pieces and personal columns, and informative features. These skills will help them to write commercially publishable articles for print and online media.

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Facilitator: Dr Sian Prior

Dr Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster and teacher of journalism and nonfiction writing. She has worked as a journalist for 30 years and taught writing at RMIT for over a decade. She also runs community writing workshops and mentors individual writers. Sian has a PhD in Creative Writing and her critically-acclaimed memoir ‘Shy’ (Text Publishing) was published in 2014. 

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