Advanced Magazine Journalism Course at SA Writers' College

By: Sa Writers' College  11-11-2011
Keywords: Writing, Tutor, Writing Skills

The Advanced Course is an intensive 6-month writing workshop that allows you to strengthen your writing muscle, gain confidence and build your portfolio of saleable articles at the same time. This course is intended as a continuation for graduates of our Magazine Journalism Course. We also welcome published journalists who want to sharpen their writing skills.

You can specialise in writing particular types of articles, including:

  • humour columns
  •  topical features
  •  celebrity profiles
  •  inspirational human profile
  •  ‘how to’s’
  •  Q&A interviews
  •  feel-good human interest stories
  •  travel writing

Course Details:

  • Modules: 3 Modules - 12 Feedback sessions
  • Duration: Course can be completed at own pace: within six months
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round via our website

Student must complete:

  • 6 planning assignments (feedback task)
  • 3 query letters (feedback and assessment)
  • 3 full-length articles of publishable quality (feedback and assessment)

Admission Requirements:

Students must have successfully completed the Magazine Journalism Course.

Tutors for this course:  , , , ,

(You may select a tutor in your application motivation or we will assign a tutor to you who we feel most suits your areas of interest)

Course Curriculum

The Advanced Course is a practical course aimed at fine-tuning magazine writing skills and professionalism, as well as building a portfolio of writing.

This course has been designed to replicate the procedure that a freelance magazine journalist follows from start to finish: from generating a saleable idea, pitching the story to a suitable magazine, writing the article to deadline, to invoicing and being paid for the piece.

Students will be encouraged to sell work of publishable quality, all within a supportive environment.


The course comprises three modules consisting of six planning tasks and six writing assignments. Once the student has completed an assignment, and e-mailed it to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete. The next module will then be e-mailed to the student.

Students are given reading material on writing techniques at the start of each module, and are encouraged to ask questions throughout the course, either by e-mailing the lecturer, or posting a query on the student board. In addition to 12 formal feedback sessions, the lecturer is similarly available for ongoing editorial assistance for the duration of the course.

Conditions of Certification:

Students will receive an SA Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all 6 assignments (namely: 3 query letters and three articles)
  • The course must have been completed within six months of registration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 60% for the course

Minimum Estimated Time Commitments:
  • Reading Time: 3 hours
  • Writing Time: 3 hours for three query letters
  • 30 hours for three articles 
  • Research Time: 12 hours for research and interviews, depending on the complexity of the articles.

Keywords: Magazine Journalism, Magazine Writing, Tutor, Writing, Writing Skills

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