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.
- 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.
- 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.
Minimum course duration
3 years full-time
North Ryde (Sydney)
Students with an interest in writing, media, teaching, advertising, journalism.
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|
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.
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.'
Dr Jane Messer
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.