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Bachelor of Arts with a major in Writing

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A major in writing enables you to specialise in writing while choosing a direction that suits your personal and career goals.

Study choices range from novel writing and poetry to literary journalism and scriptwriting for screen.

You will:

  • learn how to write by coming up with creative ideas that you write, revise and workshop
  • study the production and publishing contexts in which writing occurs
  • explore the cultural and social issues that influence writing in Australia and internationally.

Key features

  • Learn from practising writers with contemporary skills and publications. Lecturers include:
    • Peter Doyle (twice winner of Ned Kelly Awards for crime fiction)
    • Marcelle Freiman (ASAL Mary Gilmour award shortlisted)
    • Jane Messer (judge of the Australian Vogel Literary Award).
  • Create an extensive portfolio to showcase your ability in diverse genres and styles.
  • Many undergraduates publish their creative writing or have films made, as well as pursuing Honours, Masters and PhD study.

Degrees offering Writing

Minimum course duration

3 years full-time


North Ryde (Sydney)

Suitable for

Students with an interest in writing, media, teaching, advertising, journalism.

Entry requirements

English Language Requirements

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Work experience requirements

What you will study

Degree requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 69
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 39
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 18
Completion of a Qualifying Major for the Bachelor of Arts
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this major

100 level Credit Points
Required ENGL120 Approaches to English Literature 3
Required 3cp from MAS units at 100 level
ENGL units at 100 level
CUL units at 100 level
MMCS115 Academic Cultures (3) 3
200 level Credit Points
Required 6cp from ENGL201 Creative Writing 1: An Introduction (3)
MAS202 Screenwriting: An Introduction (3)
MAS210 Non Fiction Writing: Travel Writing (3)
MAS211 Non Fiction Writing: Music and Arts Journalism (3)
MAS215 Theories of Writing for the Media (3)
CUL240 Literary Journalism (3) 6
300 level Credit Points
Required ENGL390 C Writing for Production and Publication 3
Required 9cp from ENGL303 Narrative and the Novel (3)
ENGL304 Creative Writing 2: Concept and Practice (3)
ENGL307 Creative Writing 3: Narrative Fiction (3)
MAS310 Non Fiction Writing: Telling True Stories (3)
MAS311 Non Fiction Writing: Memoir and the Personal (3)
MAS314 Screenwriting: Images, Ideas, Stories (3) 9
Total credit points required to satisfy this major 24


  • Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2014 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.


Career Opportunities

Writing offers you broad skills to go on to work as professional writers in book and media publishing, film, editing, teaching, advertising, social services and government.

Students have gone on to work in jobs as diverse as a cadet journalist with a regional newspaper, runner for news network Al Jazeera, and administrator for a large performing arts organisation.


Our Graduates

Margaret Hughes


Marketing Coordinator

Year Graduated: 1999

'My majors of English and Creative Writing gave me credibility in a competitive profession traditionally geared to hiring younger employees. My degree also gave me the skills and confidence to pursue professions beyond what I had been limited to, and provoked critical thinking in my personal life.'

Our Expertise

Dr Jane Messer

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Jane Messer's writing and research is principally in the broad area of narrative fiction, and her work has included publications in the genres of novel, short story, personal essay, and to a lesser extent, poetry and documentary film writing.

Her non-fiction and scholarly writing significantly integrates narrative and fictional devices in its construction, and in a current project on writing Australian corporate cultures, she is intersecting ethnography with fiction writing.

She has been a judge of the Australian Vogel Literary Award, UTS Writing Award, CSIRO Writing Competition and reader for the HQ Short Story Competition.

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The major in Writing (WRI02) is available in more than one degree.

1. Select your UAC Code for your preferred degree:


Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Science


Bachelor of Business Administration with the degree of Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Secondary)


Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Laws


Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Commerce


Bachelor of Engineering with the degree of Bachelor of Arts

300107 - North Ryde Campus
300817 - City Campus (major in Media, Culture and Communications only)

Bachelor of Arts

2. Go to the UAC website and select “Apply". This link will open in a new window.

Applications for Session 2, 2014 has been extended to Monday 30 June 2014.


Students wishing to return to study at Macquarie University should visit the Previous Macquarie Students webpage, for further information and application procedures. 


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