A hands-on, intensive development program to refine your craft.
Whether you are writing a novel, memoir or other piece of writing to a publishable standard, this program will offer you insights into the publishing industry and provide valuable tools to ensure you achieve your goals. Through hands-on, intensive craft and writing workshops, students learn skills in editing, writing and creative practice.
With a smaller, more personalised experience, set on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, USC is the ideal location to reach your potential as an author. You will benefit from a craft refresher course in the first semester and our collaborative learning model will see you working within a close community of writers.
This program provides creative writing students with an alternative postgraduate degree to a research/academic oriented path and can be completed in one year (three trimesters), with the option of online studies.
Career options include publishing, advertising, creative writing (author), freelance writing and editing, journalism, media research, scriptwriting, teaching, and editing in community organisations or government departments.
To be considered for admission candidates are required to possess an undergraduate degree, in Creative Writing or related Creative Industries.
Admission to the program is also based on a portfolio of creative writing, assessment of the candidate’s degree transcript.
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
+61 7 5430 2890
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Renowned author to teach USC students
Internationally-renowned author and educator Shelley Davidow will this year guide USC students aspiring to be professional writers or Steiner Education teachers.
22 August 2016
Australian novelists to inspire USC Master students
Australian author Patrick Holland, whose work has been recognised by the Miles Franklin Award, the Scott Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, is set to inspire students and the public at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday 31 August.
26 May 2016
USC academics join creative presenters at Voices
Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-7 Leigh Hobbs, best known for book characters such as Horrible Harriet and Fiona the Pig, will launch this year’s Voices on the Coast youth literature festival at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
3 May 2016
Award-winning creative writer joins USC
An award-winning author who has recently celebrated the launch of her first novel is helping to shape the next generation of creative writers at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
19 October 2015
Sci-fi author to give tips to USC writers
Aspiring creative writers at the University of the Sunshine Coast will gain the latest industry information during a visit by renowned fantasy and science fiction author and publisher Paul Collins on Tuesday 20 October and Wednesday 21 October.
7 September 2015
Babies and books in new USC degrees
Two new postgraduate degrees will be offered by the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2016 – one focused on creative writing and the other on creating quality care for new mothers and their babies.
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.
Required courses (5) (144 units)
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 144
Recommended study sequence
Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Online study mode not available to international students on a Student Visa
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general postgraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.
- Current students
- Step 1 - Enrol in your courses
- Step 2 - Select your class times
- How to enrol once Class selection has opened
- Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students
- New students
- Plan your study
- Confirm your enrolment
- More information
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.
Enrolling is a 2 step process:
Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.
View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.
All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)
Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.
* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.
If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.
Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.
View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).
Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.
Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.
International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.
Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.
Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.
View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.
To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.
Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.