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Do you have a story to tell?

We have crafted an inspiring and intuitive Master of Creative Writing to nurture our writers and fuel their creativity.

Through immersive learning experiences, our graduates undergo significant professional development to emerge as confident and well-rounded writers, ready to make their mark in a range of creative pursuits.

*Duration depends on individual study path and unit availability. Please speak to a Student Enrolment Advisor for advice.

Why study a Master of Creative Writing with ECU Online?

Taught by top industry experts, contemporary skill development, publication-ready work.

Don't just take our word for it, read the written works of our most notable staff and alumni, and feel inspired.

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What you will learn

ECU’s Online Master of Creative Writing empowers aspiring writers to hone their skills and make a profound impact through innovative storytelling and literary finesse, reaching audiences across various mediums.

Craft compelling stories

  • Refine and enhance your proficiency in the realm of fiction.
  • Explore the appeal and nuance of various genres from Gothic Literature to Science Fiction.
  • With the guidance of industry experts, you'll uncover the secrets to crafting stories that elicit powerful emotions and leave a lasting impact.

Refine your writing mastery​

  • Invigorate your writing craft and ignite a passion for creative expression.
  • Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and artistic growth.
  • Discover the art of originating new ideas and cultivating a wellspring of inspiration to fuel your imagination and breathe life into your written work.

Whether you seek to refine your creative prowess or transition into a fulfilling writing career, our Master of Creative Writing equips you with the tools to excel in the dynamic and ever-evolving realm of storytelling.

The Master of Creative Writing consists of 12 units.

Students completing the 12-unit master’s will complete all below units, whereas students eligible to fast-track their master’s degree will complete only nine units (see entry criteria).

For more information and learning outcomes of each unit, download your course guide below.

Units you will study:

Writing Fiction

  • This unit introduces the fundamentals of writing fiction through reading a range of short stories.

Writing Realities

  • This unit explores writing based on actual events, including history, biography, true crime and stories of place and family.

Writing for Performance

  • This unit introduces skills for writing drama or monologue for performance.

Writing and Audience

  • This unit cultivates a writer's understanding of their work with consideration of genre and readership, including online audiences.

Editing and Publishing

  • This unit explores the business of writing, editing, and publishing, including processes and workflow for professional editing, seeking publication, and presenting the professional author platform.

Writing for the Planet’s Future

  • This unit takes an ecocritical approach to writing about place and environment in the production of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Writing and Empathy

  • This unit explores the core practice of writing and embodiment - including writing about love and characters outside our own viewpoint.

Writing Fiction that Scares and Unsettles

  • This unit explores the darker aspects of fiction including genres such as horror and gothic, as well as thematic concerns like violence, trauma and conflict. 

Writing Project Research and Development

  • In this unit students initiate, plan, and develop a writing project which is of a significant scope.

Writing Project Resolve and Reflect

  • In this unit students continue and complete the project initiated in the first Writing Project unit and create a podcast to get a feel for presenting their work to a future audience.
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Master of Creative Writing admission requirements:

To gain entry to the online Master of Creative Writing, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any discipline; OR
  • Equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience or students must submit a piece of published work.​​

Fast-track your Master of Creative Writing:

Eligible students can fast-track their Master of Creative Writing and complete their degree in only nine units*. To gain entry to the fast-tracked master's degree, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in English, Journalism, Communications, Writing or Creative Writing, Secondary English Teaching or similar (as assessed by ECU)^.

*To gain entry to the fast-track master’s, students must apply after they accept the offer for the 12-unit master's. Applications for the fast-tracked master degree are subject to ECU’s assessment.

^Bachelor degree or higher must be completed within the last 10 years.

For more information about our fast-tracked master degree, contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisors on 1300 707 760 or request a call-back.

Meet the teaching team

Donna Mazza

Associate Professor

Donna, a notable fiction writer and researcher, specialises in environmental and feminist speculative fiction. Her recent novel "Fauna" (2020) was shortlisted for Aurealis Best Science Fiction Novel. She's the author of "The Albanian" (2007), winning the TAG Hungerford Award. Donna is a prominent figure in conferences, festivals, and radio discussions, while also contributing to public art projects.

Donna Mazza

Dr. Aksel Dadswell

Aksel Dadswell is an award-winning West Australian horror and weird fiction writer. Holding a PhD in creative writing, his work explores race and belonging, featured in anthologies like "Test Patterns: Creature Features" (2018) and "Hymns of Abomination: Secret Songs of Leeds" (2021).

Aksel Dadswell

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Fees and FEE-HELP

The cost of our Master of Creative Writing is $43,200* for all 12 units.

The cost of our Master of Creative Writing (Fast-Track) is $32,400* for nine units.

To assist with some or all of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their postgraduate tuition fees.

To find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP, you can contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisors on 1300 707 760.

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The ECU Master of Creative Writing is for individuals looking to enhance their writing skills, with a focus on contemporary practice and published forms. It will provide opportunities to cultivate a deeper understanding of writing principles and practices in a supportive environment.

Whether a Master of Creative Writing is worth pursuing depends on your personal and professional goals. It’s important to consider:

The Master of Creative Writing offers a unique platform to showcase advanced writing prowess, cultivate the essential skills for successful publication, and craft captivating written material. Graduates can unlock pathways to elevated roles in writing and editing within their selected domains.

Through the Master of Creative Writing, students can refine their creative voices, communication expertise, and purpose-driven strategies. Graduates often find a deeper connection with their personal goals and are equipped to integrate their passions into their careers, fostering positive change and personal fulfillment.

In addition to gaining a comprehensive understanding of various writing techniques, students learn to creatively apply them to achieve their own unique career and personal objectives. They become adept at crafting impactful messages that resonate with diverse audiences while addressing the broader needs and values of the community.

With a Master of Creative Writing, you can unleash your imagination, refine your skills, and embark on a journey that will forever change the way you perceive the world - and the way the world receives your stories.

Some job roles that you may consider, but are not limited to, include:

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At ECU Online we understand that everyone has different work arrangements, family responsibilities, locations and learning styles. This is why our postgraduate courses are offered 100% online, so you can balance your study with other commitments. As an ECU Online student, you will have access to academic and non-academic support.

Our accelerated online courses are developed by industry experts and engaged academics. You can easily connect with learning facilitators and course coordinators through our easy-to-use online learning environment to gain feedback and ask academic questions. You can also reach out to a Learning Advisor who can help with things like assessment writing, study skills and more.

You will have a dedicated Student Success Advisor available to you from when you start studying through to graduation. They will be available to provide non-academic support, such as assistance with scheduling time to study and more.

As an ECU online student, you also have access to all the support offered by ECU, both on-campus and online:

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No, the Master of Creative Writing is 100% online and does not include any on-campus components. We have designed this course to be flexible so you can tailor your studies to fit your lifestyle.

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In a world of rapid change, there has never been a greater demand for the mastery of the written word. The digitisation of the modern economy has created a raft of new job titles, all of which require expertise in writing and editing – in addition to the jobs that already drive Australia’s dynamic creative industries.

The Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing covers all stages of the writing and publishing process, and the skills needed to meet growing demands. During this program, you'll develop practical knowledge and experience in writing and editing across genres including creative writing, corporate and technical documents, academic research in the creative arts, advertising, marketing and more.

Your lecturers will include award-winning authors and arts industry professionals, as well as an array of guest lecturers with expertise in all aspects of professional writing and publishing. Together, they'll provide you with up-to-date insights and industry knowledge across traditional and new media.

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At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Publishing and Professional Practice
  • Fundamentals of Advertising
  • Special Research Topic in Writing, Editing & Publishing
  • Writing Creative Non-Fiction and Memoir

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Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Editorial writer
  • Content writer
  • Book editor
  • Digital editor
  • Digital content writer
  • Publishing executive
  • Online publisher

Next steps after graduation

Our graduates have built rewarding careers in publishing, editing, and professional writing, with some going on to become best-selling authors and creatives.

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This program offers graduates a wide range of opportunities to pursue freelance or fulltime careers in writing, editing and publishing. I learned so much during my Masters, both from the lecturers and industry experts, but also from the amazing students I got to meet.

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The wide-reaching scope of the courses means I've been able to work not only in the arts, but in the corporate world globally.

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Entry requirements.

It's possible to complete this degree in 1.5 years or 1 year depending on your qualifications and experience.

You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements. You may also be eligible to apply for credit or exemptions to shorten your degree further. You'll graduate with the same qualification no matter how long you take to complete the degree.

1.5-year degree (24 units of study)

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) full-time (only available as full-time study) , you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below), or
  • a graduate certificate* in writing, editing and publishing, or
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline plus 2 years full-time equivalent relevant work experience (see below).

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Applicants are required to submit a 10 page portfolio with their application (see below).

*Please note if a graduate certificate is used as the basis of entry into the program and you do not have a degree in the relevant discipline, you will not be eligible for credit towards the Masters program.

1-year degree (16 units of study)

If you have relevant prior learning or experience, you can reduce the number of courses you need to complete and graduate in less time.

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) full-time (only available as full-time study) , you'll need:

  • a bachelor honours degree** (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below).

** You must have completed a substantial research project in your Honours degree equivalent to at least one semester of full-time study (or part-time equivalent).

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

Relevant disciplines include English, English literature, writing, journalism, communication, art history, history, law as well as other relevant fields from the humanities and social sciences.

You must have completed at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content in the discipline, including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Relevant work experience

Relevant work experience includes work using writing and editing in a professional or volunteer context, which should be supported with evidence (see below).

Evidence of relevant work experience should include a letter from your employer (and/or previous employers) stating the following: 

  • that you work (or worked) within the specified organisation 
  • the nature of your work, including any relevant duties and responsibilities
  • the length that you were there (i.e. 2 years) 
  • the level at which you worked (full-time, part-time or casual)

*if part-time or casual, please list the average amount of hours worked per week. 

GPA equivalent

Select where you studied and your qualification to see the GPA equivalent you need to be considered for this program.

Use the GPA equivalent as a guide. When you apply, we’ll calculate your GPA using the UQ grading scale. Any failing grades will be included. Entry requirements are subject to change.

Equivalent subjects

Related programs.

Depending on your previous qualifications and current goals, you might want to consider one of these related programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL iBT (including Paper Edition) - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 24.

PTE Academic - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 73.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 186.

BE and OET are not accepted.

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Additional application information

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio with their application for enrolment and demonstrate an appropriate standard to the satisfaction of the program director. The portfolio should include approximately 10 word processed pages of writing (e.g. assignments submitted in previous courses, workplace documents, creative writing manuscripts). Same discipline is defined as a degree in English, English literature, writing, journalism, communication, art history, history, law and other relevant fields from the humanities and social sciences. To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses. *Please note if the GCArts or GDipArts or GCWEP is used as the basis of entry into the program as you do not have an existing approved degree in the same discipline, you will not be eligible for credit towards the Masters program.

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio with their application for enrolment and demonstrate an appropriate standard to the satisfaction of the program director. The portfolio should include approximately 10 word processed pages of writing (e.g. assignments submitted in previous courses, workplace documents, creative writing manuscripts). Same discipline is defined as a degree in English, English literature, writing, journalism, communication, art history, history, law and other relevant fields from the humanities and social sciences. To satisfy the requirement for <34>same discipline<34> a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses. *Please note if the GCArts or GDipArts or GCWEP is used as the basis of entry into the program as you do not have an existing approved degree in the same discipline, you will not be eligible for credit towards the Masters program.

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee.

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

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Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $41,120

Government assistance, financial aid.

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students.

Learn about Centrelink payments for students

Scholarships

You may be eligible for more than 100 scholarships, including:

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an  approved UQ agent in your country .

The program code for the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing is  5681 .

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements.

When you apply, select your preferred duration. If you don't meet the requirements for your first preference, we'll automatically consider you for entry into a longer duration.

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All domestic applications should be submitted to UQ.

The program code for the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing is 5681 .

When you apply, select your preferred duration. You can also ask us to consider you for a longer duration if you don't meet the entry requirements for your first preference.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar .

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in Semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

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Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) (Professional Writing and Publishing)

Write your own stories and develop the work of others

Develop your own voice as you explore genres including poetry. You’ll learn how to plan and research your projects. Polish your grammar, practice proofreading and copyediting. Witness words transforming from wispy thoughts to professional pieces.

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What is a creative writing course.

A creative writing course teaches you how to approach different styles of writing, like fiction, short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. You will be encouraged to share your work so it can be critiqued by others, which helps you develop your skills to a publishable standard. 

What do you learn in a creative writing course?

Creative writing courses are both inspiring and practical. You’re given the space to experiment with your own ideas, but you also learn writing for different genres, platforms and formats. 

Depending on your course, you’ll learn how to:

  • kickstart your creativity
  • develop a distinctive writing style
  • think critically about work produced by other writers 
  • write across areas like short fiction, long-form fiction, genre fiction, poetry and children’s fiction
  • act on feedback and edit your own work
  • deliver critical feedback during virtual workshop discussions
  • submit your work for publication
  • navigate the Australian publishing industry.

Why should I study creative writing?

There are countless reasons to study creative writing. Enrol if you want to develop your craft, write professionally, or inspire yourself artistically. You’ll have the space to work on projects that matter to you, which could lead to a publishable story, collection or manuscript that you might not have finished otherwise. 

You’ll gain incredibly valuable knowledge about the path to publication from people who’ve been there. And you’ll network with like-minded creatives from all over the country. These connections often end up being the writers, editors and publishers you collaborate with in your career.   

Why should I study an online course in creative writing?

It’s not uncommon to juggle your creative projects with other work. Studying online gives you the time and flexibility to do that. Plus, you’re not restricted by location—you can access universities from across Australia. This has its advantages. It means you can choose your course based on the writing teachers who appeal to you most.  

Why should I study online through Open Universities Australia?

There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.

  • You can enrol without entry requirements  We have a unique open-door policy  that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree, we’ll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.
  • You have total control over how you study Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you didn’t even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.
  • You’ll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student Once you enrol through us, you’ll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you’ll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.
  • We’ll help you navigate the university world Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.

How long is a creative writing course?

It depends on the course and whether you choose something short or long-term. Here’s a general guide: 

If you study a degree in creative writing through Open Universities Australia, you have the flexibility to choose how many subjects you take per term. This means you can complete your qualification at a faster or slower pace than you would on campus.   

Is creative writing a difficult course?

Creative writing is a skill that requires practice and patience—but it’s a skill anyone can learn with the right guidance. Many of our students find workshopping to be the hardest thing about their course, because they can’t help taking the feedback about their work personally. It’s tricky to separate yourself from your writing, but your tutors and peers only have your development in mind. If you’re open to a bit of constructive criticism, you should find your course fun and rewardingly challenging. 

What jobs can you get with a creative writing degree?

Creative writing graduates have the critical thinking and writing skills to work across all sorts of industries. Students commonly pursue work as:

  • Journalists
  • Copywriters 
  • Digital marketers
  • Magazine publishers and editors
  • Book publishers and editors
  • Screenwriters
  • Arts administrators

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.

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Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool , or request help from one of our student advisors.

When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI)  during this process.

Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.

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Make innovative contributions to contemporary literature

Creative writing at UNSW School of the Arts & Media will empower you to produce innovative contributions to contemporary literature. You’ll explore fresh, experimental writing across genres in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and ficto-criticism.

Your study in creative writing will balance literary study and creative practice, with a grounding in the development of new literary techniques, forms and genres throughout history. You’ll be taught by award-winning writers with internationally recognised expertise in teaching and creative writing. Through your study, you’ll achieve a thorough understanding of the critical and social contexts in which your work circulates.

Prepare yourself for a career in the creative arts

As part of UNSW School of the Arts & Media, you’ll analyse links between writing and other forms of art and media through elective courses in film studies, theatre and performance and media and communications. Learning to write creatively and effectively will allow you to apply these skills in various creative industries such as public relations, copywriting, social media and scriptwriting.

Learn from national leaders in research

You'll be taught by award-winning academics, scholars and writers in an innovative, creative and stimulating environment. We support a strong research culture, and our school is benchmarked with the highest global rating of 5 by Excellence Research in Australia (ERA). Our staff have received the Vice-Chancellor's and Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision.

Connect with the wider literary community

UNSWriting runs a series of masterclasses and “in conversation” events with visiting local and international authors. These events enable students to connect with the wider literary community. UNSWriting cultivates ideas and good writing, giving you the chance to experience special events, workshops and public talks with professionals in the field.

Our network of writers, publishers and students gives you valuable industry connections, which will support your future career path – wherever that may lead.

Write for our student-run publication

The  UNSWeetened Literary Journal  is an annual publication run by students at Arc. It provides a voice for students, showcasing the university's creative writing talent and features poetry and prose from both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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The undergraduate major includes core courses in creative writing with a range of prescribed electives in English literary studies, media and communications, film studies and theatre and performance. During your study, you’ll produce your own body of creative work by developing practical skills in the craft of writing, and by learning how this craft relates to the history of literary forms.

At UNSW, you'll hone your practical knowledge of creative writing through participation in group workshops. You'll come to view yourself as a participant in the public life of literature and to understand the political and ethical dimensions of the aesthetic choices you’ll make as a writer.

We offer the below undergraduate courses with a major or minor in Creative writing: 

  • Bachelor of Arts 
  • Bachelor of Arts/Law
  • Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Arts
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Arts 
  • Bachelor of Computer Science/Arts
  • Bachelor of Economics/Arts
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Arts
  • Bachelor of Environmental Management/Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts/Arts
  • Bachelor of Media / Arts
  • Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine/Arts
  • Bachelor of Science/Arts
  • Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)(Honours)/Arts
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Arts

We offer the below undergraduate courses with a minor only in Creative writing: 

  • Bachelor of Arts/Education (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Media
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences

You’ll have the option to continue your studies into an honours year. Working closely with a supervisor, you’ll produce a thesis comprising of two complementary parts: a creative work and a scholarly essay. The honours degree provides a basis for further study at the postgraduate research level.

The PhD in creating writing supports students to produce a full-length creative work in any genre (novel, collection of poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, biography, ficto-criticism, etc.) and an accompanying scholarly dissertation of at least 30,000 words.

This original work will explore the flexible connection between the creative and the critical. Previous PhD students in creative writing include prize-winning and best-selling authors: Charlotte Wood and Anna Westbrook.

You can find more information on the variety of scholarships on offer at UNSW.

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing is a medium used to communicate, resist, provoke and seek or find understanding. Our research investigates the artistic, historical, cultural and societal impacts of the written word.

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Academic staff in the Creative Writing program are widely published writers, industry professionals, and leading researchers in areas including:

  • Fiction, non-fiction and poetry, creative nonfiction
  • Contemporary Australian writing and Aboriginal literature
  • Writing for screen, theatre, live art, videogames and performance
  • Graphic narratives and experimental poetics
  • The theory and teaching of creative writing, creativity and composition

Our graduate students and researchers position Creative Writing as political, cultural, and critical discourse. We value working and writing together: generating connection, collaboration, and collegiality.

Our academic staff publish on dynamic and diverse topics including living poetry, video games, storytelling and genre-shifting work. Recent examples of this published work include a project investigating the history of contemporary Australian comics, an examination of the function of the theatre in Western culture and a project exploring artistic innovation and the work of disability artists in Australia.

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Featured writing

Academic staff within the Creative Writing program are also published authors in genres such as creative non-fiction, graphic memoir, poetry and fiction.

Death at the Dog Park

Death at the Dog Park (Glom Press, 2021) – Dr Radha O’Meara, Senior Lecturer and Eloise Grills

Once Upon a Pixel

Once Upon a Pixel (CRC Press, 2019) – Dr Eddie Paterson, Head of Program

Axiomatic (Brow Books, 2018) – Dr Maria Tumarkin, Senior Lecturer

Intention and Unintention

Intention and Unintention or the Hyperconscious in Contemporary Lyric Impulse (Aracadia Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2018) – Dr Grant Caldwell, Senior Lecturer

Walk Back Over

Walk Back Over (Cordite Books, 2018) – Dr Jeanine Leanne, Senior Lecturer

Drawing Sybylla

Drawing Sybylla: The Real and Imagined Lives of Australian (UWA Press, 2017) – Dr Odette Kelada

Rendition for Harp and Kalashnikov (Puncher & Wattmann, 2017) – Dr Amanda Johnson

The Xenotext

The Xenotext: Book 1 (Coach House Books, 2015) – Professor Christian Bök

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Featured research

Our research engages with a wide audience through industry and community partnerships, and is supported by a range of funding sources, including the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia: The Last Avant Garde

The Last Avant Garde is an ARC Linkage project exploring artistic innovation and the work of disability artists in Australia.

Contemporary Australian Comics 1980-2020: A New History

An ARC Linkage project mapping the contemporary history and cultural impact of comics as a narrative art form in Australia.

Indigenous Storytelling and the Living Archive of Aboriginal Knowledge

An ARC Discovery Indigenous Fellowship project that aims to develop a non-linear, interactive archiving system in collaboration with Aboriginal people.

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Develop your expertise in Creative Writing through our undergraduate, higher degree and other programs.

Learn more about applying for high degree programs, including Graduate research and Graduate coursework, in which students participate in writing, publication, thesis and seminar programs designed to foster creative and critical debate.

Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Arts Creative Writing Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours)

Graduate coursework

  • Graduate Certificate in Arts
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts
  • Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced)
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced)
  • Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing

Graduate research

  • Master of Arts (Thesis Only)
  • Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Arts

Meet our Creative Writing staff

Academic staff in the Creative Writing program are leading teachers, researchers and industry professionals, with expertise across fiction, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, graphic novels, critical scholarly work and beyond. Our award-winning staff have also been recently recognised across the industry – Maria Tumurkin has received the  Windham Campbell Prize for nonfiction in Australia and Amanda Johnson received the 2020 Peter Porter Poetry Prize.

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39 Best universities for Creative Writing in Australia

Updated: July 18, 2023

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Below is a list of best universities in Australia ranked based on their research performance in Creative Writing. A graph of 57.1M citations received by 2.28M academic papers made by 39 universities in Australia was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

Please note that our approach to subject rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science research profiles.

1. University of Sydney

For Creative Writing

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2. University of Queensland

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3. University of Melbourne

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4. Monash University

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5. University of New South Wales

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6. Griffith University

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7. Macquarie University

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8. Deakin University

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9. University of Wollongong

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10. La Trobe University

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11. Western Sydney University

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12. University of Technology Sydney

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13. Queensland University of Technology

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14. Australian National University

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15. Flinders University

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16. Curtin University

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17. University of Adelaide

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18. University of Newcastle

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19. University of South Australia

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20. RMIT University

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21. University of Western Australia

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22. University of Tasmania

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23. Swinburne University of Technology

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24. Edith Cowan University

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25. University of New England, Australia

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26. Charles Sturt University

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If you love to write, then pursuing a higher education in creative writing will give you a fantastic opportunity to expand on your writing skills and pursue a career in writing. Genres such as poetry, fiction, non-fiction and writing for stage and TV can be covered in your studies and you will be able to build up a body of work and a writing style all of your own.

Graduates of masters degrees in creative writing can go on to become published novelists, creators of screenplays for TV & film, work in video game story creation, work in journalism and much more.

Your masters degree will be delivered through lectures and seminars, with a possibility of group projects. Modules you study might include:

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  • Developing your writing skills
  • Beginning work on your own novel/short stories or poetry
  • Optional modules focusing on specific genre of writing

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Strengthen your relationship with the written word across fiction, poetry, drama, and emerging and experimental genres.

  • Qualification Creative Writing Major (MArts)

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

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This major will develop your practical skills and knowledge across a variety of writing styles, as well as range of emerging and experimental genres. You’ll learn through self reflection and working in groups; guided by expert teaching staff, many of whom are award-winning, published authors.

As you build your expertise in writing short fiction, long fiction, writing for performance, popular genre fiction and poetry, you will learn to shape your creative writing to meet publishing expectations and outcomes.

The Creative Writing Major encourages experimentation and creativity and stimulates critical awareness through discussion of relevant theory, and engagement with digital technologies. 

You will master writing skills and extend your creative and critical capacities by undertaking a project in your second year of study. You may also have an opportunity to practice these skills and develop your portfolio through internship with a professional organisation. 

The Creative Writing major is offered as part of the Master of Arts , a hands-on course with a strong practical and industry focus, to prepare you for a career in creative practice.

High-achieving students have the option to progress to doctoral level study.

Note: Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

How this course will make you industry ready

We provide on-campus, industry and community-based initiatives to enhance your postgraduate experience and skills development. Students undertake a major project under the supervision of an experienced member of staff. This project becomes an important portfolio piece for many students.

Students may also practise their skills on placement with industry, arts and community organisations in Australia and overseas, developing confidence and engagement with relevant networks. They also have an opportunity to engage with award-winning artists, writers and researchers on staff and through our on-campus residency programs. 

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  • understand the discipline of a selected field in the Arts, its theoretical underpinnings, ways of thinking and professional or creative approaches; understand and apply established knowledge, principles, and professional or creative practices in chosen aspects of the Arts
  • apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of a subject or project and engage critically with the subject matter to respond creatively within a selected communication paradigm
  • determine what information is needed and where it might be found using appropriate technologies; make valid judgements and synthesise information from a range of sources and apply best practice in developing a professional or creative work in response to a particular situation
  • communicate appropriately with colleagues, professional and creative contacts and the general public and develop communication skills across one or more media forms appropriate to varying situations
  • assess the application of existing technologies as well as the impact of emerging technologies on a selected communication or media discipline to create an effective professional or creative work; develop the technology skills necessary for obtaining, assessing and representing relevant information. Decide on appropriate applications and systems for professional and/or creative needs
  • understand and apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity and develop a commitment to professional research, publication or performance to engage with emerging forms of theory and practice in the Arts
  • think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives and apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to one’s professional or creative practice
  • acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national, and global perspectives and the impact of these the Arts: recognise individual human rights, and appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when engaging with and representing issues pertaining to ethnic and community groups
  • demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively to apply them in all aspects of creative practice and production-related activities

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On the campus princeton student struck by train was creative writing director’s son.

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Editor’s note: If you or someone you know may have suicidal thoughts, you can call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or chat online at  988lifeline.org .

The freshman who was struck and killed by the Dinky train on Feb. 16 is the son of Yiyun Li, according to  a statement from the University . She joined the Princeton faculty in 2017 and is currently director of the Program in Creative Writing.

James Li ’27 was a Princeton High School graduate. His father is Dapeng Li, the statement said. New Jersey Transit is investigating and has not released the cause of death.

A lauded writer and novelist, Yiyun Li has  written about  her journey through depression and grief after her older son, Vincent Li, died by suicide when he was struck by a train in 2017. In 2022,  The New York Times  wrote  that Yiyun Li had become “something of a beacon to those suffering beneath unbearable weight.”

James Li is the second freshman to die this academic year; Sophia Jones ’27  died by suicide on Nov. 29 . Seven Princeton students have died from various causes since May 2022.

The University statement listed resources that can help students right now, offered through  Counseling and Psychological Services , the  Office of Religious Life , the residential colleges, and the Graduate College. In an interview with PAW, CPS director Calvin Chin said: “I think for everyone in the University community, it’s really important right now to focus on whatever you can to take care of yourself. 

“For some people it might mean reaching out to others for support. For other people it might mean distraction. For others it might mean journaling. And for still others it might mean reaching out to a professional counselor,” Chin said. “Really any means toward giving yourself some sense of peace and relief during this challenging time is absolutely appropriate and the right way to go.”

He also urged people to reach out to each other, both to get support and to offer it to others. “One thing that can be helpful when a tragedy like this happens is to just lean into the emotional support that you can get from other members of the community,” Chin said. “Finding ways to reach out to people who you either are concerned about or who you feel could benefit from a supportive talk or a supportive meeting is always a good thing.”

Students who want to talk to a professional counselor can walk into the McCosh Health Center from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or they can call the  CPS Cares Line  around the clock at 609-258-3141. Faculty and staff can use  Carebridge  around the clock.

Chin said residential colleges and other groups on campus are planning events for people to gather and support each other, so students should watch for those announcements in their email over the coming days.

Right now, he said, “honor what it is that you need to take care of yourself, and reach out for help and resources when you need it.”

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