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Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing invites you to explore and develop your skills in fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, poetry and more. Throughout your studies you will gain a deep understanding of theories and histories of writing.

This degree offers intimate access to Sydney's literary life, including major literary and cultural events and institutions with which the University has close ties, such as the Sydney Writers' Festival. You will experience a constant calendar of readings, performances and community events, as well as a host of celebrated visitors in a superb research environment.

We support all kinds of literary ambition in a setting that builds capacity, encourages diversity and experimentation, and supports professional writing. Fundamental to this degree are the core skills of writing, structuring and editing.

Why study with us?

We offer the most research-focused creative writing program in Australia, built on our strong commitment to integrating creative writing and critical reading. The English Department at the University of Sydney is one of the world's leading centres of literary practice and research, with a thriving graduate coursework and research program.

Our teachers are leading writers, critics and editors. The poetry editors of the three leading Australian literary journals are on our staff: - Southerly (Kate Lilley) - Meanjin (Judith Beveridge) - Overland (Peter Minter).

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing must complete 48 credit points of units of study including 18 credit points from selective units of study, and a maximum of 30 credit points from elective units of study, including two workshop selective units of study.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature to the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60 percent average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

You can progress from the Graduate Certificate to a Graduate Diploma or Masters, or from a Graduate Diploma to Masters in the same subject area, after successful completion of the shorter course.

Career Pathways

If you are interested in improving your skills in creative writing and understanding theories and histories of writing, this course will suit you. Some Creative Writing students have become published writers during or after their candidature or have found careers in publishing and editing as well as teaching.

Domestic students

International students

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