New Curtin Professional Writing Unit: Portfolio Development

Professional Writing third-years – have you heard about the brand new PWP unit being offered for the first time this semester? We think that it’s a great opportunity to prepare yourself for writing in the real world, so find out the details below.

In semester 2, 2017, Curtin’s Professional Writing and Publishing major stream is introducing a new unit – Portfolio Development for Writers.

This unit is a perfect fit for your final year, as it will teach you practical skills that you will need as a professional writer. To be a professional writer in the current market requires flexibility – writers must be able to work with a vast range of styles and formats, and for freelancers, different organisations as well. This unit will teach you how to adapt your writing to different settings and develop a career plan. It will also help you develop a portfolio of writing that will prove useful for showing to potential employers. You will also gain valuable insights from within the industry with six guest lectures from professional writers and other industry professionals.

The Curtin Courses Handbook offers the following description of the unit:

This unit examines issues in the theory and practice of impression management and self-branding in the context of writing for specific publications and workplaces. You will critically review a range of different online and offline texts, writing styles, and genres and identify the specific techniques used to create writing personas appropriate for various publications and purposes. You will also develop a portfolio of your own writing for online and print media that establishes your own position as a professional writer. The topics covered include travel writing, science writing, lifestyle writing, fashion writing, and writing about health and wellness, among others.

Unfortunately for those in other majors, this unit may not be suitable, as it has prerequisite units (either Writing and Research for Professional Contexts or Writing Creative Non-Fiction).

For more information, see the Curtin Courses Handbook or contact unit coordinator Rachel Robertson at The deadline for enrolments is August 11.

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