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Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 2

Hone your craft, become industry-savvy, go further.

Delve deeper into the practical aspects of feature journalism, including techniques on getting more from your interviews, stories and editors! More detail

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Course description

Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 2: The Next Level

  •     Do you want to take your feature writing to the next level?
  •     Would you like to improve your writing and reporting?
  •     What MUST you have in your journalist’s toolbox?
  •     What are the techniques that turn facts into compelling narrative?
  •     Are you following the industry’s code of ethics?

Hone your feature writing skills

Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 2 is ideal if you want to hone your feature writing skills and fully utilise the tools of the trade as a professional journalist.

It’s available to students who have already completed Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 at the Australian Writers’ Centre – either online or in the classroom. This is a pre-requisite.

Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 2 is a practical course that will ensure you understand the role of a journalist and will give you more confidence that you are following the right conventions and ethics. This course is essential if you want to build on what you have already learnt in the first course.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Finding the angle an editor wants.
  • How to attribute quotes correctly.
  • Advanced interviewing techniques.
  • How to create balance in your stories.
  • Nailing the all-important lead for your feature.
  • Where to find hard-to-get sources for your story.
  • Ethics and protocols in journalism.
  • Facing journalistic dilemmas (there are more than you think!).
  • Dealing with editors in the real world.
  • Other publishing conventions which are vital if you are serious about honing your feature writing skills.
  • And MUCH more.

Exclusive access to our AWC Graduates’ Club

Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there’s no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free!  Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue?

So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!

Your presenters

  • Valerie Khoo

    Valerie Khoo, Melbourne

    Valerie Khoo is an award-winning feature writer who has been writing for Fairfax for the past 12 years.... View Profile

Graduate testimonials

  • "I have even more confidence now. I did Magazine Writing Stage 2 straight after Magazine Writing Stage 1 and it really helped me stay focused and motivated - as I'm now freelancing as my career. I even had two features accepted during the course - I was feeling so confident I just went ahead and pitched. One of the editors got back to me to accept my pitch about 15 minutes after I sent the email. I couldn't have dreamed of that sort of result without completing the course!"

    - Sarah McKay