Close

We'll find course providers near you.

Postcode:

Change
Your postcode
Enter
Not in Australia? Speak to an agent to learn more about studying in Australia.

Resident:

Change
Are you an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand citizen, or eligible Visa holder?
Yes
No

Employed:

Change
Are you currently employed?

Novelist Courses

Novelists are professional writers who specialise in fictional works of literature. They develop story ideas for novels, then write up the manuscript and take steps to have the book published. Some novelists get established by self-publishing, while others find an agent to pitch their work to reputable publishing houses.

As a novelist you could be up writing an outline for your next trilogy of novels, creating a character analysis for your lead protagonist, editing a completed manuscript, attending a writer’s retreat, reading a classic work of fiction in your favourite genre, tweeting your upcoming book release, or reviewing some cover art with a graphic designer. Most of the time though, you’ll be locked away trying to write as many words as you can before the alarm chimes.

View all Courses

Popular Novelist Courses

There are 4 courses available for people who want to become a Novelist.

More info
COURSE DETAILS
More info
COURSE DETAILS
More info
COURSE DETAILS
More info
COURSE DETAILS

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Novelists earn?

There are no clear salary figures for novelists in Australia at this time. Many novelists have day-jobs and supplement their income by freelance writing, blogging, creating informational products, conducting writing workshops and online courses.

What are the job opportunities for Novelists?

There are approximately 3,300 dedicated book authors working in Australia right now. Some of these are novelists.

How do I become a Novelist?

While you don’t need a specialist qualification to become a novelist, the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing and the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing are excellent introductions to the publishing industry in Australia. These qualifications will help you develop professional-level writing and editing skills.

All aspiring novelists should consider the Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) or Bachelor of Creative Writing plus supporting qualifications in your specialist genre. So if you wanted to write psychological thrillers, a Bachelor of Psychology would help, or historical fiction (Bachelor of History), crime fiction (Bachelor of Justice Studies/Criminology) and others related courses.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights 2023

Find a Course

We’ll find nearby campuses and check if you’re eligible for funding in your state.

View all Courses

Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within journalism and writing. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.