Course Title: Advanced Feature Writing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Feature Writing

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have completed Writing for the Print Media (COMM2462)

Course Description

This course is designed to develop your skills as print journalist and non-fiction writer and give you an opportunity to specialise in an area of interest. By analysing genres such as feature writing, literary journalism, radio segments and personal columns, you learn to create marketable articles for specific publications. You acquire the knowledge and skills required to work as a freelance writer, including effective communication with editors and developing niche markets.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • analyse features of different non-fiction genres
  • conduct research for a feature article
  • develop a concept in the appropriate format for an identified market
  • write articles in various non-fiction genres, creating original angles to story ideas appropriate to the target audience
  • critically review other writers’ work and provide constructive feedback.

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • acquire knowledge of writing and editing techniques; principles and practice of communication and writing for different audiences; emerging digital media and trends and developments in the publishing industry
  • acquire and apply the skills to write works of fiction and non-fiction, edit professionally, create digital content, design print and web-based products, develop and manage writing and editing projects
  •  identify, analyse and reflect on relevant trends in writing and publishing in both local and international contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • in-class lectures, which provide the framework for exploring different kinds of feature writing and developing your skills as a non-fiction writer
  • guest lectures from specialist industry speakers 
  • class exercises and activities designed to clarify course content and practise relevant skills
  • writing workshops to assist development of writing techniques with feedback from peers and teacher  independent research and study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course information and learning materials are available through myRMIT and you are provided with selected written and visual material in class. You can also access a range of resources through the library, e-reserve, various archives and the web.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment will include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual projects.