Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing

Become a professional wordsmith

If you're ready to flex your literary dexterity (oh, what a word), then this course will help develop your advanced creative writing skills, enabling you to apply them to a range of roles (editor, professional writer, journalist) across a variety of industries.

You'll learn to professionally edit both fiction and non-fiction, perfect the art of writing for different audiences and be able to prepare short and long narratives for the screen and the digital media and publishing sectors. Write on!

Open to new admissions


Admission open to

Domestic students and International students

Level of Study


Full-time Study Duration

1 year

Lowest Selection Rank




Course code


CRICOS number


Career Outcomes

Study a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing at UC and you will:

  • advance your skills in writing and editing both fiction and non-fiction
  • write short and long narratives for screen, digital media and publishing
  • perfect the art of writing for different audiences
  • take your language and grammar skills to a new level.

Career Opportunities

  • Professional writer
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Publisher
  • Scriptwriter

Work Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. WIL is a key element to enhancing employability in the workplace and is integral to many of our courses. This reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge.

Course details

Sample study plan


  • Introduction to creative writing
  • Creative project
  • Restricted choice units x 6

Course specific

Students must meet normal University of Canberra requirements for admission to a Graduate Diploma course. They must also provide a portfolio of creative writing, be familiar with ideas about creative writing and narrative and be able to make excellent use of written English.


Looking for more detail about the units you will study? Want to know more about fees, admission requirements and delivery modes?

Create your personalised course guide

Head over to our Personalised Course Guide for detailed information presented in a simple-to-get PDF.

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