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  • Develop your creative skills and gain the expertise to work as a freelance or vocational writer.
  • Study life writing, short stories, the novella, and literary and cultural studies.
  • Complete in 1 semester full-time or 2 semesters part-time.
QUT course code KK86
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 6 months full-time
1 year part-time
Start month 2014 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code064899M
  • Art Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • Government Officer
  • Publishing Professional


Writers are in demand across a number of fields. The publishing industry, film and TV producers, traditional media outlets, and a booming online market all demand writers with creative flair. If you can channel your creativity into words and demonstrate nuanced writing skills, you will be sought after by employers and have the confidence to develop your own creative works. The publishing landscape is changing rapidly, and QUT writers are well prepared to exploit the many opportunities a new playing field brings.

A range of major writing forms is offered, including fiction, life writing, short stories, youth and children’s writing, script and corporate writing, in addition to units in literary and cultural studies. You may choose to develop your skills within a variety of genres, or gain specific skills in forms and techniques of interest to you.

Why choose this course?

The creative writing units provide you with the expertise and knowledge to develop your skills as either a freelance or vocational writer. An understanding of the fundamental principles of creative writing and its applications will serve as a theoretical backdrop for your creative practice.

When studied within the Master of Creative Industries, this study area provides the unique opportunity to work with writing mentors on a significant writing project. You can receive feedback from experienced editors with publishing industry connections on the first 15 000 - 20 000 words of a creative writing project as well as a detailed plan for the remainder.

You will be encouraged to enter your work in competitions, perform at public readings and festivals, and establish your own industry networks through our links with literary events and publishing houses.

Entry requirements

  • A completed recognised Bachelor Degree (or higher award) in any discipline; or
  • A completed recognised AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus 5 years professional work experience; or
  • 7 years professional work experience

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: $10,800 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments


How to apply for Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries (Creative Writing)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

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You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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