Course summary

Do you dream of emulating the likes of Liane Moriarty, Jane Harper, Stephen King or Tim Winton with your literary creations at the top of the must-read lists? Do you want to investigate and document the most intriguing characters, events and issues? 

Whichever form of writing drives your literary passion, this course will provide the focus, feedback and advice to turn your ideas into publishable works.

We'll help you develop your skills across a number of genres, and source specific and strategic feedback from professional writers. You can also undertake an extended writing project.

With a view to publishing, editing and practical career opportunities, you’ll benefit greatly from our strong connections within the Northern Rivers arts community. Southern Cross is the education partner of the Byron Writers Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival.

Do you dream of emulating the likes of Liane Moriarty, Jane Harper, Stephen King or Tim Winton with your literary creations at the top of the must-read lists? Do you want to investigate and document the most intriguing characters, events and issues? 

Whichever form of writing drives your literary passion, this course will provide the focus, feedback and advice to turn your ideas into publishable works.

We'll help you develop your skills across a number of genres, and source specific and strategic feedback from professional writers. You can also undertake an extended writing project.

With a view to publishing, editing and practical career opportunities, you’ll benefit greatly from our strong connections within the Northern Rivers arts community. Southern Cross is the education partner of the Byron Writers Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival.

This course has no majors but you undertake an extended writing project as well as the following units:

  • Creative nonfiction
  • Literary studies
  • Poetics
  • Writing across the genres
  • Writing as a profession.

Course Learning Outcome

Apply critical analysis, reasoning and reflexivity to creative writing practices.

Develop innovative and creative textual responses to explore contemporary and historical social and cultural issues.

Investigate and evaluate issues with reference to principles of creativity, according to ethical conventions in the humanities.

Demonstrate a command of at least one discipline within the range of writing genres.

Apply theoretical ideas to understand and manage practical situations in creative writing.

Access, interpret and evaluate sources of information relevant to the study of creativity and the writing discipline.

Construct and present narratives in written text for an intended audience.

Demonstrate an awareness of a variety of cultural voices with a commitment to Indigenous and local perspectives on social and cultural issues.


Course overview

Course code

1108105

Course abbreviation

GradDipCreatWrite

Credit points

96

Equivalent units

8

Duration

2 years part-time

Duration

1 year full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Fee paying


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing a candidate shall successfully complete the 8 units (96 credit points) listed in the Schedule of Units.


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

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