Course summary

If you have discovered your passion for writing but you need focus and feedback to progress your career as a writer, this course is ideal.

Building on the excellent teaching capabilities in creative writing at Southern Cross, this postgraduate course is designed to develop your writing across a range of genres with specific feedback from professional writers and the opportunity to undertake an extended writing project, with a concentration on publishing, editing and practical career opportunities.

The University has strong links with the thriving Northern Rivers arts community and there are many placement and networking opportunities available during your studies. Southern Cross is the education partner of the Byron Writers Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival among other local events.

If you have discovered your passion for writing but you need focus and feedback to progress your career as a writer, this course is ideal.

Building on the excellent teaching capabilities in creative writing at Southern Cross, this postgraduate course is designed to develop your writing across a range of genres with specific feedback from professional writers and the opportunity to undertake an extended writing project, with a concentration on publishing, editing and practical career opportunities.

The University has strong links with the thriving Northern Rivers arts community and there are many placement and networking opportunities available during your studies. Southern Cross is the education partner of the Byron Writers Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival among other local events.

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

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Literary Studies
  • Poetics
  • Writing Across the Genres
  • Writing as a Profession.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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

Creativity

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

Ethical practice

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

Knowledge of a discipline

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.

Lifelong learning

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

Communication and social skills

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

Cultural competence

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 2

WRI81003 - Contemporary Reading and Writing Practices Introductory

Year 1, Session 3

WRI81004 - Literary Studies: Reading Culture Introductory

Year 2, Session 1

WRI82005 - Writing Across the Genres Intermediate

Year 2, Session 2

WRI82004 - Creative Nonfiction Intermediate

Year 2, Session 3

WRI82006 - Poetics Intermediate

Year 3, Session 1

WRI83004 - Writing Project A (Research and Writing) Advanced

Year 3, Session 2

WRI83005 - Writing Project B (Writing as Research) Advanced

Year 3, Session 3

WRI83006 - Writing as a Profession Advanced

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 1

WRI81003 - Contemporary Reading and Writing Practices Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

WRI81004 - Literary Studies: Reading Culture Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
WRI82005 - Writing Across the Genres Intermediate

Year 2, Session 1

WRI82004 - Creative Nonfiction Intermediate

Year 2, Session 2

WRI82006 - Poetics Intermediate
Year 2, Session 3
WRI83004 - Writing Project A (Research and Writing) Advanced

Year 3, Session 1

WRI83005 - Writing Project B (Writing as Research) Advanced

Year 3, Session 2

WRI83006 - Writing as a Profession Advanced