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Master Of Creative Writing

Macquarie University, Sydney Australia

About the Course

Creative writing — expressing yourself with flair and accuracy — is a key skill for life and most professions.

If you love writing and reading literature and want to challenge yourself to develop your craft and technique, this course is your pathway to effective creative writing and non-fiction. You will undertake intensive practical workshops across a range of genres including young adult fiction, creative non-fiction, short story, novella, novel and poetry. You will create, workshop, and develop your writing with peers and our expert teachers.

Key features

  • You’ll be taught by high-calibre teachers including winners of university teaching awards and published writers.
  • You’ll have opportunities to apply your skills in professional context projects, and to add value to your writing through a suite of editing and publishing units.
  • You can undertake a wide range of practical, writing-intensive units to further develop your skills.
  • You’ll create an e-portfolio of your work and learn new skills in our state-of-the art online learning platforms.
  • You’ll have opportunities to participate in weekly creative writing workshops for peer feedback and discussion.
  • If children’s literature is also your passion, you can add units from our internationally acclaimed Master of Children’s Literature.
  • This course is available on campus, online, or through a combination of both, which means you can continue to work full-time while studying.

Suitable for

Emerging and aspiring writers, communication professionals wanting to explore and develop their creativity, including editors, manuscript readers, technical writers, journalists, secondary and primary teachers, especially English literature teachers.

Minimum admission requirements 

• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in literature, cultural studies, media studies, education, librarianship, creative arts, or a related discipline; or Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with significant equivalent relevant work experience 
• GPA of 5.00 (out of 7.00)


Graduates launch new careers, freelance or develop and promote their existing careers in the Arts, Media, Education and Training industries, including:

  • advertising
  • book publishing – editorial, public relations, and copy editing
  • corporate, technical and copywriting
  • creative authorship – including picture books, young adult fiction, adult fiction, poetry
  • secondary, tertiary and continuing education creative writing, literature and English studies teaching
  • theatre and film writing and production
  • travel, social media, health, arts journalism and magazine writing, online and in print
  • TV script writing


Employers in Arts, Media, Education and Training industries, including government, schools, online and print education and entertainment media, and writing skills to develop your small business.


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