#22 in the world

    We're ranked 22nd in the world for Arts and Humanities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

    The Graduate Certificate 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.

    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).


    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.


    Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing:

    • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
    • equivalent professional experience in a relevant field.


    All applicants for the graduate certificate, graduate diploma or Master of Creative Writing need to include with their application a portfolio of 1,500 to 3,000 words of prose writing or 10 to 15 pages of poetry with their application. These components are crucial to assessing your application.


    IELTS 7.0 - 6.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 7.0 in Writing


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