Master of Arts (Writing)

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

At Notre Dame you can choose from a wide range of individual writing courses to suit your needs and interests or take a longer suite of courses as part of a postgraduate degree.

Whether you want to write fiction, break news stories or pen an award-winning play, this dynamic writing program will help you achieve your creative goals. Under the supervision of industry professionals, students learn the technical and creative skills they will need to succeed.

More information is available on our writing course offerings here.

  • Why study this degree?

    Our Master of Arts (Writing) has been created to meet the needs of experienced writers who want to extend to develop their technical and critical skills. You will study writing practices across a range of forms and genres, including fiction, speechwriting, corporate writing and theatre. You will also create, critically revise, edit and publish your works in a simulated industry environment, under the guidance of writing professionals. In the second half the degree, students undertake a major writing project - developing an original work from creative concept to completed manuscript.

    This course also meets the professional development needs of high school English teachers seeking to address the challenge posed by an expanded creative writing component in the new English HSC.

  • Program outline

    • WRIT6000 Reading and Writing
    • WRIT6001 Freelance Writing
    • WRIT6002 Corporate Writing
    • WRIT6003 Fiction Writing
    • WRIT6004 Creative Non Fiction Writing
    • WRIT6005 Playwriting
    • WRIT6006 Advanced Screenwriting
    • WRIT6007 Editing and Publishing in the Digital Age
    • PHIL6020 Ethical Issues in Professional Life
    • ARTS5010 Research Methods
    • ARTS5060 Capstone C: Research Project
    • ARTS5070 Capstone D: Research Project

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Entry requirements

    • Possession of a Bachelor’s award (AQF level 7 qualification) in a field relevant to the specialisation; or
    • An equivalent academic or professional background that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work in a cognate discipline.
  • Fees

    More information can be found at the Fees page.

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Arts (Writing), please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 (2) 8204 4404 or email

    To enrol in an individual short writing course, please contact the School of Arts and Sciences directly:

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