Creative Writing

Coursework

The Master of Creative Writing is designed to enable students to explore and develop skills in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other forms of writing in a stimulating academic environment. Emphasis is on developing core skills of writing, structuring and editing in tandem with understanding theories, histories and practices of writing. Our students work in experimental or traditional ways within, across or between genres and media. We offer you intimate access to Sydney’s literary life, including a constant calendar of readings, performances, major literary and cultural events, and a host of celebrated visitors. We support all kinds of literary ambition in a setting that builds capacity, encourages diversity and experimentation, and supports professional writing.

As well as core units in the fundamentals of research-led creative practice, critical contexts for creative writing, writers at work, literary movements, and Sydney as a cultural centre, we offer a wide range of specialised units, including workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

In many units of study you will work in small groups with distinguished staff and visitors to extend and deepen your skills, thinking and engagement with the work of others. As well as coursework, all master's students undertake a substantial, individually supervised creative dissertation or project and participate in a lively calendar of readings, talks and symposia.

Writers on staff include Kate Lilley, Peter Minter, Beth Yahp, Belinda Castles and Vanessa Berry. Visitors to the program in recent years have included Peter Boyle, Pam Brown, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Michael Farrell, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Gail Jones, Michelle de Kretser, David Malouf, Drusilla Modjeska, Eileen Myles, John Tranter, Barrett Watten, Ceridwen Dovey, Julie Koh, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Kate Forsyth, Mireille Juchau, Fiona McFarlane and Charlotte Wood.

See also: English Studies

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the course rules in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different award courses.

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

  • 30 credit points from core units of study
  • a maximum of 36 credit points from elective units of study including:
    - at least one Introductory Workshop unit of study
    - at least one Advanced Workshop unit of study
  • a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone 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 points from elective units of study including at least one Introductory and one Advanced Workshop unit of study.


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 including one Introductory Workshop unit 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

 

Contact

Department of English website: sydney.edu.au/arts/english/
School of Literature, Art and Media website: sydney.edu.au/arts/slam

Degree Coordinator: Associate Professor Kate Lilley
Phone: +61 2 9351 2426
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