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Advanced Magazine Journalism

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:


Students must complete:


Admission Requirements:

  • Modules: 3 Modules - 10 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
  • 5 planning assignments (feedback task)
  • 2 query letters (feedback and assessment)
  • 3 full-length articles of publishable quality (feedback and assessment)
  • Students must have successfully completed the Magazine Journalism Course.
  • Candidate must have been published more than once, in mainstream magazines.

Tutors for this course:

Tracey Hawthorne Magazine Journalism Tutor lb  Tracey Hawthorne
LisaLazarus_  Lisa Lazarus
Award-winning writer Tracey Hawthorne has written features and columns for numerous publications, including Cosmopolitan, Fairlady, Femina, Getaway, GQ (for which she was books editor for 32 issues), House and Leisure, Men's Health, O The Oprah Magazine, Psychologies and Shape. More here.
  Lisa Lazarus is a freelance journalist for a variety of publications, including Men's Health, Femina, Psychologies, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Femina, Healthy Pregnancy and the Mail & Guardian.

Read more about Lisa here >
Tamara-Rothbart-lb   Tamara Rothbart
Hayley  Hayley Leibowitz
Tamara Rothbart is an award-winning magazine writer. She was voted Sanlam Fashion Journalist of the year in 2007 and again in 2008. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the Arise Africa Fashion Journalism Award. She began her writing career as an editorial assistant with the launch of Marie Claire in South Africa in 1996.
See her full bio here>
Over her 20-year career in the media industry, award-winning writer Hayley Leibowitz has published articles in a variety of magazines, ranging from glossies like Your Family, Infinity Magazine and Food & Home, to newspapers such as the Mail & Guardian.

Read more here>

(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 five planning tasks and five 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 10 formal feedback sessions, the lecturer is similarly available for ongoing editorial assistance for the duration of the course.

If you need further course details, please contact us.


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 five assignments (namely: two 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 Commitment:

  • Reading Time: 3 hours
  • Writing Time: 2 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.

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We offer specialised, online writing courses tutored by award-winning writers in South Africa. Get the writing tools you need, expert insider advice and hours and hours of writing practice.


Study from anywhere in South Africa: Cape Town, Western Cape; Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng; Durban and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal; Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape; Bloemfontein, Free State; Nelspruit, Mpumalanga; Kimberley, Northern Cape and Polokwane, Limpopo.

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