Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 2

Hone your freelance writing skills and improve your success rate.

This course is ideal for: Those who have completed Stage 1 and want to get to the next level

If this course were a song:
"Work From Home" by Fifth Harmony








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Any time during the week
(about 10 hours total)

Get the expert edge

  • Do you want to take your magazine and newspaper writing to the next level?
  • Are you really sending your editors the best possible version of your article?
  • Know the essentials you MUST have in your writer’s toolbox?
  • Are you following the journalism industry’s code of ethics?
  • Are you completely comfortable pitching with confidence?
  • Do you find yourself asking lots of questions in bullet point format?
  • And do you have what it takes to set yourself apart from other writers?

Supercharge your feature writing skills

It’s here – the industry inspiration injection you’ve been craving. 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 freelance feature writer. It’s a course that will help you focus on improving the quality and structure of your writing as well as understanding the research and information you need to convey in order to create a compelling feature article.

Essentially, it’s here to make you be the best freelance writer you can be. And that’s a good thing.

This is a practical course designed to help you succeed in your freelance writing, equipping you with the skills you need to create a sustainable, regular income as a feature writer. An essential weapon to build on what you have already learnt in the first course.

Speaking of which, you must have completed Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 or Travel Writing or Food Writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre – either online or in the classroom – to be eligible for enrolment in Stage 2, as we strongly build on what you learnt in your Stage 1 course. (It doesn’t matter when you completed the first one, but the theory it contained is vital groundwork for Stage 2.)

EACH WEEK you have the opportunity to get personalised feedback on a pitch that you’ve written to an editor or on an article you want to submit. You’ll also be privy to lots of real examples of pitches. And you’ll see actual editors’ feedback on a series of articles.

Here’s a taste of what you will learn:

  • How to write a successful pitch that editors will love (you’ll get lots of practice in this!)
  • How to introduce “characters” in your story the right way
  • Dealing with PR people (dos, don’ts and expectations)
  • Using the power of anecdotes and storytelling
  • How to determine the statistics and research that bring your writing to life (even when none exist!)
  • How to write a “media callout” that gets efficient results
  • How to avoid common mistakes made by emerging feature writers
  • Understanding ethics and protocols in journalism
  • Dealing with journalistic dilemmas (there are more than you think!)
  • Practical advice on dealing with editors in the real world
  • How and why you need to create balance in your stories
  • Advanced interviewing techniques
  • How to build your brand as a writer and make connections
  • How to attribute quotes correctly
  • Publishing conventions which are vital if you are serious about honing your feature writing skills.
  • And would you believe, there’s MUCH more.

The course modules were all structured in a really practical way – the scenarios used were ones I would be facing in my writing career. The courses at AWC are really practical and you will finish your course feeling empowered by your new knowledge, and confident enough to start putting it in to practice.

- Collette Beck

Why you need to do this course

Maybe you’ve just completed the Stage 1 course and really want to keep the momentum going. Or perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve done the course – and you’ve even been published – but you’d love some extra help to really build solid skills as a feature writer. This is it.

If you thought Stage 1 was full of information and practical advice, wait till you see what we have in store for you with Stage 2. (No, really, it’s awesome.) This course will build your confidence and equip you with skills so that you don’t doubt yourself as a writer or interviewer. You will get stacks of practice in writing pitches to editors – and get personalised feedback on your articles.

If Stage 1 was life-changing, think of Stage 2 is game-changing.


Doing a course at the Australian Writers' Centre is like getting a fast track ticket to success. Even though success depends on your own capabilities, the things you learn will put you miles ahead of trying to get there on your own. You're being taught by industry veterans and professionals and the learnings from their experience is priceless.

- Sandra Shakespeare

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!


We’ll bring the world-class course content, industry-savvy presenters and a diverse community of like-minded people.
You just bring yourself.