Creative writers invent, problem-solve and explore

Creativity is powerful, but it is not magic. It's a kind of alchemy — of imagination but also craft — with techniques that can be practiced.

The Creative Writing major enables you to develop your creativity, critical thinking and research skills as both a writer and a reader.

Our major takes a craft-based approach, using a combination of traditional small-group writing workshops, seminars, and literary study and close reading. Through this major you will acquire a sound knowledge of key writing and editing techniques, and develop your individual voice. You will learn how to recognise and respond to varied readerships and audiences, and the place of creative writing in the broader culture. Our units cover short story, poetry, novel, creative nonfiction, and interactive digital fiction and poetry writing.

Writing intensively across all units in the Major, students graduate with a diverse portfolio of creative works. Students have opportunities to publish their writing, and to undertake an editing internship with the department’s creative writing journal, The Quarry. Our students and graduates have won national writing prizes and published widely in national and international journals.

As well as specialist creative writing skills, you will build very desirable career skills including:

  • critical analysis
  • reading and comprehension
  • oral and written communication
  • editing, proofreading and presentation
  • research
  • independent judgment
  • time management
  • creativity.

What you'll study

More information: contact Associate Professor Jane Messer

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Last updated: 17 Dec 2019