There's a knack to producing writing worth reading, and that's what this our programs will help you to achieve. You will develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works at the word, sentence, paragraph, and document level. You will learn strategies for designing, structuring, writing, and revising on paper and online. Whether you are aiming to be a creative or a corporate writer, our programs will train you to produce compelling, career-enhancing writing in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres.

Employment Opportunities

The explosion of text-creating and publishing opportunities in the contemporary workplace has created a growing demand for writing and editing expertise. As well as enhancing professional opportunities, developing your creative practice and complementing other academic qualifications, a Writing Program can also lead to writing-related careers or vocations including arts reviewer, blogger, columnist, copy writer, corporate writer, critic, editor, feature writer, fiction writer, media liaison officer, poet, publishing coordinator, screen writer, speech writer, or web developer.

Writing Staff

Writing at UQ is staffed by leading writers, industry practitioners, and researchers who actively participate in industry networks. Staff include novelist and reviewer Dr Veny Armanno, editor and arts worker Dr Stuart Glover, poet Dr Bronwyn Lea,  academic and corporate writer and editor Associate Professor Roslyn Petelin, novelist Dr Kim Wilkins and academic and professional writer Dr Jo Robertson.

Study Opportunities in Writing

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a dual BA degree can enrol in the Writing Major or Extended Major. These majors allow students to combine creative writing courses in fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, and creative non-fiction with courses in academic writing, professional writing, editing, and contemporary literature. As a capstone course in the Major and Extended Major, students undertake a project in their choice of genre.

Current Course Offerings

  • All courses scheduled to be offered by EMSAH, linked to the University Courses & Programs website. (Note: Courses offered are subject to change and enrolment minimums, please check course offerings closer to enrolment dates.)

Graduate Studies

The following information provides an overview of the progression from undergraduate to postgraduate studies in Writing, Editing, and Publishing and in Creative Writing.  Follow these links for comprehensive information about Postgraduate Coursework and Research Higher Degrees.


Students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline can enrol in UQ’s postgraduate coursework programs in Writing, Editing, and Publishing (WEP).  The wiki for the WEP program contains helpful information .  The image at right is from a WEP garden party held in November 2011 which attracted 60+ students/participants.


The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Creative Writing) offers an introduction to the field for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in disciplines other than creative writing. Students take four courses from six that are regularly offered in poetry, short fiction, screenwriting, creative non-fiction, publishing, and researching fiction. 


Graduates of the Diploma program who have achieved a high grade-point average and who have included a substantial research component in their coursework may also apply to enrol in the Master of Philosophy program, in which they will engage in a sustained research and writing project based in their studies of writing, editing, and publishing.


The Master of Philosophy and the Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Writing offer students the opportunity to undertake a major work of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, script, or screen writing. Students workshop their creative writing with advisors and other students and study the theories and practices of research, composition, and editing necessary for a vocation in writing. Additionally, students undertake a critical essay about creative writing practice.