Creative Writing Postgraduate Coursework Program

The Master of Creative Writing is designed for new, developing and established writers who wish to explore and develop their creative practice in a stimulating academic environment. We welcome students who work in experimental or traditional ways within, across or between genres and media.

As well as core units in the fundamentals of research-led creative practice, critical contexts for creative writing, and Sydney as a cultural centre, we offer a wide range of specialised units, including Workshops in Poetry, Fiction and Non-fiction, as well as Writers at Work and Major Movements.

Throughout their degree, students work in small groups with distinguished staff and visitors to extend and deepen their skills, their thinking, and their engagement with the work of others. As well as coursework, all master's students undertake a substantial, individually supervised creative project and participate in a lively calendar of readings, talks and symposia.

Writers on staff include Judith Beveridge, Ian David, Peter Kirkpatrick, Kate Lilley, Peter Minter and Beth Yahp. Visitors to the program in recent years have included Vanessa Berry, Peter Boyle, Pam Brown, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Gail Jones, Michelle de Kretser, David Malouf, Fiona McFarlane, Eileen Myles, Michael Farrell, Drusilla Modjeska, John Tranter, Barrett Watten and Charlotte Wood.

Programs offered are:

Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing
Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing
Master of Creative Writing

Units of Study

Units offered by the Department of English can be viewed from the Units of Study menu option on the left. Units offered by other departments can be viewed from the Units of Study menu option on that department’s webpage.