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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