Expand your imagination and develop your craft with a Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing).
This course is embedded in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
My favourite part of the Creative Writing degree has just been how hands on it's been, they really balance the theoretical literature studies really well with the actual writing.
The subjects introduce to students all the foundational elements of creative writing, for example, story, structure, character, theme.
The tutors are really promoting you to experiment with your own style, so it ranges from things like experimental to poetry to script writing and you really have a choice of whatever you want to produce.
The program has a strong emphasis on writing craft process and industry and students graduate with a portfolio of works. One of the benefits of the program is that students can also complete two communications majors, so for example they might do journalism or digital and social media and that gives them really strong opportunities to learn new skills that they can take into the workplace.
Creative writing and digital and social media have a lot of crossover so digital media is all about telling a story and taking users on a journey and creative writing is all becoming digitalized in terms of publishing and accessing content, so they really give you an edge up in both industries.
So the teaching team have really strong industry connections, and they often bring those industry connections into the classrooms for the benefit of students.
That can sometimes mean working on real-life projects, or strong opportunities to have their works published.
They put a really good emphasis on workshopping, so you’re actually getting a lot of editorial skills at the same time and critiquing other people’s work actually gives you a really good idea of how to be critical with your own work, which I think is a really hard skill to develop.
The UTS Anthology, which is a professionally published book of student creative writing, has been running now for over 30 years its really well established, high profile, well known and has won and been shortlisted for many awards.
I’ve been the main editor of five pieces on the anthology, and I’ve sub edited another four pieces. I’ve already started my own editing business, and with the anthology, I’ve already worked with a publisher, with Brio books, and I’ve learnt things like typesetting, and just a lot of other really fun and exciting things, and I’m so proud that I was a part of the team this year.
Of course a lot of students want to go on and pursue a career as a writer and many of them do that, but a lot of students also go on and work in the broader communications and creative industries in a variety of roles.
Some of Australia's best writers are graduates of Creative Writing at UTS.
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- Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing)
- Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) / Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) / Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
Why Writing at UTS?
- Learn how to get published
Building a portfolio and pitching your work are key components of our course. Students contribute to and lead the annual UTS Writers' Anthology, as well as publish widely in local, national and international literary journals and magazines.
- Become a success story
Some of Australia’s best known writers, including Anna Funder and Kate Grenville, studied creative writing at UTS. Previous graduates have also gone onto global acclaim, winning awards, literary prizes, grants and international residencies for their published and produced work.
- Leading lecturers and academics
Our academic staff are leading writers, publishers and scholars across the creative and cultural industries. They are also international experts in creative writing research and teaching, and appear regularly at events around the world.
- Find your people
Develop your practice and cultivate relationships with peers who share and support your creative passion.
- Industry connections
Connect with writers, publishers, filmmakers and cultural organisations to increase your career potential.
Creative writing graduates work as fiction and non-fiction writers for an array of publications and organisations, including in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online presses. They also work as screenwriters, story developers, interactive world builders and communication professionals. Our graduates also go on to teaching and researching, many of them undertaking postgraduate study.
Student and graduate work
- UTS Writers’ Anthology: The UTS Writers’ Anthology showcases the best new talent from the UTS creative writing degree as well as work from students from other disciplines. The anthology can include short stories, poetry, scripts, non-fiction, and any other kind of creative writing.
- Meet our students and graduates or explore some examples of student work.
- Debra Adelaide, novelist, short story writer and creative reader
- Sarah Attfield, poet and popular culture scholar
- Screenwriter and creative practice research specialist, Craig Batty
- Novelist, essayist and biographer, Gabrielle Carey
- Claire Corbett, speculative fiction novelist, short story writer and essayist
- Crime writer and creative non-fiction specialist, John Dale
- Delia Falconer, creative non-fiction writer, novelist and short story writer
- Anna Funder, novelist, creative non-fiction writer and public speaker
- Journalist, non-fiction author and creative practice research scholar, Sue Joseph
- Kiera Lindsey, historian and speculative biographer
- Novelist, creative non-fiction writer and literary theorist, Tony Macris
- UTS Student Centre: 1300 275 887
- Head of Discipline: Professor Craig Batty