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 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.
Application and admission advice
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19 December 2017
Life under the lighthouse inspires USC Master student
A USC postgraduate student is turning a lifelong fascination for lighthouses and her dream of becoming a published novelist into a career.
14 December 2017
Study brings creative career switch for Leanne
Hervey Bay restaurateur and former paralegal Leanne Esposito gained an unexpected bonus from graduating with a USC Master of Creative Writing – a job as a feature writer with News Corp Australia.
10 October 2017
Master graduates publish first anthology
The seeds of creative writing success have been sown in a new book published by USC’s first cohort of Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing) graduates.
5 January 2017
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.
What will I study
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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
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.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- 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
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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 the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to make sure you are studying the right courses at the right time so you complete the required unit value to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
It is each student's responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements, and to be aware of the academic calendar dates.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.