Creative Writing

Coursework

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 Introductory and Advanced Workshops in Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction and Screenwriting, Writers @ Work units, and Major Movements units.

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 Masters 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 and Peter Minter. Visitors to the program in recent years have included Peter Boyle, Pam Brown, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Gail Jones, Michelle de Kretser, David Malouf , Drusilla Modjeska, Katherine Thompson, John Tranter and Barrett Watten.

See also: English Studies

Contact
Department website: sydney.edu.au/arts/english/

Associate Professor Kate Lilley
Phone: +61 2 9351 2426
Email:

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different award courses. sydney.edu.au/handbooks/arts_PG/coursework/masters/creative_writing.shtml

Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing
Candidates for Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing must complete 24 credit points of units of study including

  • a minimum of 12 credit points from core units of study
  • a maximum of 12 credit points from elective units of study

Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing must complete 48 credit points of units of study including

  • a minimum of 18 credit points from core units of study
  • a maximum of 30 credit from elective units of study

Master of Creative Writing
Candidates for the Master of Creative Writing must complete 72 credit points of units of study including

  • a minimum of 18 credit points from core units of study
  • a maximum of 30 credit points from elective units of study including at least one Introductory Workshop unit of study, at least one Writers at Work unit of study, and at least one Advanced Workshop unit of study
  • a minimum of 12 credit points from capstone units of study

Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of prior learning Full-time duration Credit points to complete
AQF Level 7 eg. a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law 1.5 years 72
Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate 1 year 48
AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in a relevant discipline 1 year 48

Master of Letters (Creative Writing)
Candidates for the Master of Letters (Creative Writing) must complete the two treatise units of study (24 credit points) listed for the course.