Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing)

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Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing)


Program summary

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 opportunities

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.

Admission requirements

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 and assessment of the candidate’s degree transcript.

The writing portfolio submitted to support an application should provide examples of the candidate's writing over a range of genres (fiction, non-fiction, letters to the editor, journal entries) to provide the assessment panel with an appreciation of the candidate's written expression. The folio should also include a paragraph about the reasons why (both personal and professional) the candidate wants to undertake this program and what the candidate hopes to achieve from graduating with this qualification. The writing folio should be attached to the application at the time of submission.


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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Program Structure
Required courses (5) (144 units)

CMN701 Creative Praxis
CMN702 Writing Seminar
CMN703 Reading as a Writer
CMN704 Advanced Writing Seminar
CMN705 Creative Writing Project #

# Note: Students that are completing the project course CMN705 part-time over two trimesters will need to enrol in CMN705A in Trimester 3 and CMN705F in Trimester 1

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.


Total units: 144

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • 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?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study 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.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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