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Master of Creative Writing

About This Masters Degree

Course Description


Love writing and reading literature? Want to challenge yourself to develop your craft and technique in a small community of writers?

Our Master of Creative Writing students undertake intensive practical workshops across a range of genres including children’s literature, creative non-fiction, short story, novella, novel and poetry. You have opportunities to apply your skills in professional context projects, and to value-add to your writing with a suite of editing and publishing units. And, if children’s literature is also your passion you can select units from our internationally acclaimed Master of Children’s Literature.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-creative-writing

Key benefits

- You will be taught by high calibre teachers including winners of university teaching awards and published writers
- Small group workshops, online or on campus
- Weekly creative writing workshops for peer feedback and discussion
- Create an e-portfolio of your work and learn new skills in our state-of-the art online learning platforms
- Your choice of studying on campus or online
- Flexibility of part-time or full-time study options
- Access to practical, writing intensive units to further develop your skills

Suitable for

Emerging and aspiring writers, communication professionals wanting to explore and develop their creativity, including editors, manuscript readers, technical writers, journalists, secondary and primary teachers, especially English literature teachers.

Recognition of prior learning

Course Duration
- 1.5 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline;
Bachelor degree in any discipline and work experience in a relevant area;
Work experience in a relevant area.

- 1 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline and work experience in a relevant area;
Bachelor degree in any discipline and Honours or Graduate Diploma in a relevant discipline;
Honours or Graduate Diploma in relevant discipline and work experience in a relevant area at senior level;
Work experience in a relevant area at a senior level.

- Relevant disciplines
Arts/Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Graphic and Design Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Studies in Human Society, Language and Literature, Political Science and Policy Studies.

- Relevant areas
Music or Media industries, production.

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 overall (with minimum 6.5 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing, 6.5 in Listening, 6.5 in Speaking) or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification


Career Opportunities
Graduates launch new careers, freelance or develop and promote their existing careers in the Arts, Media, Education and Training industries, including:
- advertising
- book publishing – editorial, public relations, and copy editing
- corporate, technical and copywriting
- creative authorship – including picture books, young adult fiction, adult fiction, poetry
- secondary, tertiary and continuing education creative writing, literature and English studies teaching
- theatre and film writing and production
- travel, social media, health, arts journalism and magazine writing, online and in print
- TV script writing

Employers in Arts, Media, Education and Training industries, including government, schools, online and print education and entertainment media, and writing skills to develop your small business.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-creative-writing

Visit the Master of Creative Writing page on the Macquarie University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Rebecca Fraser

“I have chosen to undertake the Master of Creative Writing to hone my craft and develop a greater understanding of different literary theories, devices and narrative techniques to enhance my fiction. Additionally, I wanted to earn tertiary qualifications in this field as it will carry weight in a professional capacity for my future ambition to be a creative writing teacher for children and young adults.

One of the best things about this course has been the opportunity to workshop with other students across a wide range of genres. You learn so much from critiquing the work of others, and having your own work critiqued. The units have been engaging and interactive, and students are challenged to push their boundaries and explore outside their literary comfort zones. My overall experience of this course has been wonderful."

(Student Profile)

Elizabeth Claire Alberts

“During the Masters I developed skills as a poet and writer of fiction and non-fiction. I was always challenged to think more deeply, to revise and refine my writing and came away with a set of invaluable writing techniques and skills and a portfolio of finished work. The program and my teachers helped me build my confidence to get my writing out there and to undertake ambitious writing projects. From the Masters I went on to develop my academic research skills, recently completing a creative PhD.”

Elizabeth Claire Alberts is an environmental investigative journalist, teacher of creative writing, podcaster and poet.


Entry Requirements

Minimum admission requirements: Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in literature, cultural studies, media studies, education, librarianship, creative arts, or a related discipline; Portfolio of creative writing

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