What’s It Like Studying: Professional Writing & Editing

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For the past two years, I’ve been studying Professional Writing and Editing at uni! I’m a writer. It’s in my blood, it’s my one talent and I wanted to allow myself the chance to grow this talent through studying.

Before taking on this course, I had been 100% self-taught. Everything I knew about writing, I had found out myself. Some of this information was wrong but it had served me well in my early days of writing! I think being self-taught is fantastic, you have full control of your style and ability and definitely can go far without ever going to university but that doesn’t mean university isn’t worth it! Of course, it isn’t for everyone, but there are pros to studying and that’s what we are going to discuss today.

I chose to start my studying with a cert IV and a Diploma at Melbourne Polytechnic. If you’re a Melbourne based writer who is interested in studying I would tell you to consider this course, it’s been so beneficial for me!

Community:

Doing this course allowed me to find a community. I now have a great little writing fam and we all help to support each other and help each other grow as writers. This is certainly one of the best aspects of doing a course. Writing can be such an introverted and isolated task but having the support of other writers is one of the best ways to improve your own writing. I love that I now have a beta reading group, people who want to read my stuff and edit it for me. We meet up for writing sessions and help to inspire each other. I think community is such an important aspect of writing that can be overlooked but if you can find a writing fam you will be all the better for it.

Editing:

My writing course incorporated editing into the curriculum and I’m very grateful for it. I’ve always struggled with editing and by doing this course I have really grown and developed my editing skills. This not only helps with my writing but offers more job opportunities if I want to do some freelance editing.

Workshopping:

This is the coolest, most stressful and most rewarding part of doing a course. Workshopping is when you hand in a piece writing for feedback from your peers. It can be confronting if you aren’t used to showing people your work. The constructive criticism and opinions of other members of the class can be super insightful and help you to better your work. Sometimes it’s a hard pill to swallow but if you are open to the feedback and accept that it isn’t an attack on your work, you can really benefit from workshopping.

Constant Creativity:

Doing this course meant I was constantly having to be creative and keep myself motivated and inspired to write. If you want to be a published author, this is a handy thing to work on. I loved that I had stuff to work on, poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing. I was always pushed to work harder, write better and develop my ideas from a thought to actual words on a page.

Bachelor of Arts:

All in all, I think that if you are wanting to study, you should give it a shot! You don’t lose anything by doing this course and in my experience, it can be so beneficial.

Now, I have completed a Cert IV and Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing and next year I will be starting a Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing and Literature. I don’t need these courses to be a writer. I AM a writer but these courses are helping me to improve my skill so I think it’s worth it!

-Amy

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