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.

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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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.

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

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Domestic duration

2 years part-time

International duration

1 year full-time

Availability details


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

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Online 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

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