Postgraduate Research in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing program, in the Department of English, offers the Master of Arts by Research and the Doctor of Arts.

Staff in the Creative Writing program are all published authors. Award-winning staff include Judith Beveridge, Kate Lilley, Fiona McFarlane, Peter Minter and Beth Yahp. A number of prominent Australian writers have been associated with or lectured in the Creative Writing program, including Michelle de Kretser, who holds an honorary position in the department, David Malouf, John Tranter, Kate Grenville, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Drusilla Modjeska, Gail Jones, Peter Boyle and Pam Brown. International visitors have included Lionel Shriver, Carla Harryman, Lyn Herjinian and Bob Holman.

Students at a sufficiently advanced level may apply for admission to programs above the postgraduate coursework level. The Doctor of Arts in Creative Writing is a professional degree, combining formal study in two units of study with a substantial and research-based writing project consisting of a major creative work and an exegesis. The Master of Arts (Research) degree may combine one or two units of study with the writing project, or may be undertaken entirely by a writing project.

The department has links with the literary journals Southerly, The Red Room Company, Hermes, and Philament.

For more information, visit the Department of English website.

Creative Writing postgraduate research programs

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