Journalism and Writing



Make money online with freelance writing. Improve your writing skills with this distance learning course.

If you've already done a Writing course, and want to build on that foundation; or have had some minor work published, but are struggling to capitalise on this, then this could be an ideal course for you.

Study our Advanced Freelance Writing course will provide valuable skills and insights for students looking to
  • Improve their overall technique and develop a more efficient approach to their work.
  • Take their skills to the next level through the discipline of a structured study program.

This is a relatively flexible study program, which will offer students

  • A unique opportunity to be monitored and guided by writing professionals who have decades of experience in the industry.



Learn how to plan, research, and write a biography!

Using a blend of non-fiction and fiction writing techniques, this course takes you through:

  • types of research and evidence
  • developing a theme
  • principles of good writing
  • types of outline

At the end of the course, you'll complete a 2,000 - 4,000 word project, and receive individual feedback from our academic staff.



Children's Writing is a diverse -- and rapidly growing -- industry. Its market includes picture books, novels and textbooks, comics and graphic novels, plays and other performance texts, and more. 


In this course, you'll work through different types of children's texts, learning about the basis of a good story, how to write for different age groups and interests, and the keys to creating a page turner.




Be a Writer - study with our Creative Writing Course

Don't say you want to be a writer, say you are a writer. Every writer starts somewhere. From scribbling notes in a notebook to typing a story on their computer. Every writer has a desire to write. If this sounds like you, why not stop wishing you were a writer and take the first step to being a writer.

‘Creative Writing’ is any writing that expresses events and emotions in an imaginative manner and whose primary intent is to arouse emotions.

Creative writing can therefore be fiction, using imaginative narration, or non fiction, based on facts and events. The common ground of fiction and non-fiction writing is the creativity the writer uses to express his or her thoughts and emotions.

Tutors in this course are exceptionally well qualified, with relevant university degrees,  more than 10 years experience in writing and publishing;  and are published writers themselves. Learn from their experience!

Dan Read, a student on our Creative Writing course has recently had an article purchased for publication.  He said of the course - "I feel that the course has given me the tools and confidence necessary to make this possible."



Become a professional writer or editor -this course develops your learning, experience awareness and networking for a greater capacity to succeed in today's world. 



Dramatic Writing Course - Learn how to write Drama

This distance learning course will help you develop you flair for the dramatic, your tension for tear-jerker's, and your emotional writing of tragedy.

If you would like to be a dramatic writer, enrol today and get started on your new journey as a dramatic writer.

Dramatic writing can take many different forms, such as - short stories, poems, novels, and screen plays.

This course takes the students through the art of writing -

  • Understand where to start, how to plan.
  • Learn how to be an effective writer.
  • Learn about character development, themes, developing plots and sub plots, how to tell a story, and more!



Many professional writers start out by freelancing. This course shows you not only how to write, but also what to write, and how to go about selling your work. Ten lessons cover everything from good grammar, to planning and writing newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, books and more. Emphasis is placed on things which are important to publishers who might buy your work. Tutors concentrate on your ability to properly structure an article, and to be both concise and clear in your use of words. Graduates of this course should:

  • Have improved communication skills, particularly with respect to clarity, conciseness and correct grammar.
  • Be familiar with the "writing industry"; having a clear idea of where opportunities exist for obtaining work as a freelance writer.
  • How to go about approaching potential clients to obtain work.
  • Have an understanding of the processes involved in publishing books, magazines and newspapers; from generating concepts to seeing the finished publication on sale.



Practical Writing Course

This course takes you through the processes of writing for a specific publication, submitting work for publication, and meeting the requirements of an editor and publisher. Under the guidance of a mentor (a writing/editing tutor), you will learn to write according to specific criteria, deal with a publisher, and communicate effectively with others involved in the publishing process. And, you will come away with at least one published work (maybe more), which will set you on the path to a career as a writer. No matter what you want to write, you will find this a great learning experience.



Study the taking photos for a specific publication, submitting work for publication, and meeting the requirements of an editor and publisher.

With so many would-be photographers around, publishers can afford to be very choosy. Most will only accept work from photographers who have already been published, but getting that first work published can be a daunting and difficult task. Many very good photographers just never get published at all.




Why choose this course?
Develop skills in freelance writing, programming a web site and a broad understanding of the modern publishing industry. The publishing industry has changed greatly over recent decades, embracing IT not only for writing, but also production and increasingly for publishing. This is a very good course for anyone seeking a start in today's publishing industry. Most of the writing now a days is done on the computers even if it is for print.

Career Opportunities
It is a must course for writers, Journalists, freelance writers and anyone interested in writing for the web.



Many journalists commence their careers as freelance writers, submitting articles to newspapers and magazines. Eventually, they may be employed on staff. Others develop a strong freelance business. This course is designed to prepare people for such career paths. It concentrates on developing the skills needed to succeed as a writer, and an awareness of how to develop a career in this industry.

Student Comment

'Many of the skills that I have learnt from this course help me on a day to day basis'.
A. Peterson, ACS Journalism student.

This Course is Accredited through the International Accreditation & Recognition Council

Graduates of this course wishing to do the Advanced Certificate in Applied Management -Publishing and Journalism, will be granted significant exemptions from that accredited course.



Become a Professional Journalist

Being paid to write things is a dream shared by many. It can be an exciting profession, but before embarking on a substantial course of study whit us or anyone else; be sure you fully understand what is involved. Some people simply don't succeed perhaps because the dream is not the same as the reality; or maybe they are simply not the right personality. This job is not just about writing well: it also requires you to be able to write fast, work under pressure. You also need to be prepared to write what an employer wants, which is not always the same as what you want. This is the reality of journalism. If you can get past these considerations, and with a bit of luck, you may be able to forge a serious career.

Dan Read, a student on our Diploma in Journalism course has recently had an article purchased for publication.  He said of the course - "I feel that the course has given me the tools and confidence necessary to make this possible."



Learn to write scripts for a variety of media, including film, television, and educational purposes

Scriptwriting is a specialist form of writing that focuses on producing content for performance. Scripts are essential to developing video and audio content for a variety of audiences.

In this course -

  • Learn how to develop characters for fiction and non-fiction purposes.
  • Learn to write tight dialogue.
  • Learn how to develop well-rounded characters.
  • Understand the principles of scriptwriting for online markets.
  • Learn how to get started with your own business producing scripts for yourself and others.

Enrol on this course and receive high quality learning materials plus excellent support from our specialist tutors, AND if you enrol today you will also receive a free 20 hour short course in Creative Writing!



Learn Technical Writing by distance learning from a school and publishing business that has been doing it for over 30 years!

Almost all writing we come across in everyday life, in home and work, is technical writing (the exception being, of course, fiction books and magazines). The instructions that tell us how to assemble a set of shelves, a resume from a prospect employee, or a submission to a professional journal are all considered to be technical documents.

Enrol today and receive:

  • High quality tutor support.
  • Excellent learning materials.
  • Efficient administrative support.



Learn to write fiction: whether short stories, a novel or anything else.

A major aspect of the journey to becoming a competent fiction writer involves developing an understanding of processes.  This course sets you on that path, but also involves you undertaking practical tasks of writing pieces of your own fiction; and analysing the writing of other authors.

All of this learning experience is monitored by accomplished, published professional writers who through a series of 10 submitted assignments will monitor your progress, treating you as the individual you are, correcting you where necessary and ensuring you are moving forward each step you take.



Learn how to revise and polish your work. Discover reviewing strategies, how to give and receive feedback, and how to work over your projects to check structure, characterisation, and more.



Write commercial non-fiction for any media - print, broadcast or digital. 
Writers or aspiring writers will improve with this course. Writers will broaden capacity to write nonfiction magazine articles, blogs, news and biographies.

Become a Professional Non-Fiction Writer 

This course will strengthen the skills you have as a writer. It is not a technical writing course – the focus is popular media and broadcast media. It will also help you to consider more ways of writing non-fiction.

Why Non-Fiction?
Non-fiction work generally offers more chances for a secure income and is often a more viable starting point than writing fiction. There are always jobs for good nonfiction writers. 

Non-fiction writers can usually:
learn to write across multiple genres 
adapt writing habits and style for different purposes
have a thirst for research and know how to use it effectively
‘recycle’ research to produce multiple versions of their work
adopt a business minded approach to their writing



Follow your passion and find the poet within.

Develop your ability to write and understand the different types of poetry.
Learn under the instruction of professional writers who have published poetry and prose.