Creative Writing

You love to write, but writing is so much more than the ‘spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling’. It is a craft, an art, and every art requires patient apprenticeship, training, and professional encouragement.

Creative Writing

Studying Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide gives you all that and more. Our world-class writers teach their craft on the basis of years of experience, award-winning publications, and hundreds of hours in the classroom. In lectures, they impart their knowledge with authority and style; and in interactive workshop seminars, they allow you to experiment, share, revise, and improve your work with a form of continuous feedback and peer review. You will learn to create skilful short stories, poems, life-writing, and creative non-fiction, and how to develop and sustain your own life-long reflective writing practices, on the basis of living examples of literary excellence. We are proud that Nobel Prize winner Prof. John JM Coetzee (Disgrace) has been associated with the Department for 20 years. We are passionate about our love of the craft of writing, and we want you to share in that passion by becoming the best writer you can be.

  • Our teaching

    The Department of English, Creative Writing and Film offers a large range of undergraduate courses in Creative Writing. Our introductory first-year course in ‘the Essentials’ equips you with most of the fundamental skills you will need to pursue writing at the highest levels. At senior levels, we offer a wide range of courses: The Short Story, Contemporary Poetry, Novel Writing, Travel Writing, Script-Writing, Posthuman Writing, Editing for Writers, Political Writing, Apocalypse Fiction, and more.  Come and sample what it is like to write a literary text … and stay for the major in Creative Writing!

  • Our people

    Name Role
    Professor Julian Murphet

    Head of Department of English, Creative Writing and Film
    Jury Chair of English Language and Literature

    Professor Patrick Flanery Chair of Creative Writing
    Postgraduate Coordinator
    Dr Ross Prosser Senior Lecturer
    Dr Georgia Rose Phillips Lecturer
    Dr Matt Hooton

    Senior Lecturer
    Honours Creative Writing Convenor

    Dr Bronwyn Law Viljoen Senior Lecturer
  • Our research

    The Department of English and Creative Writing has a vibrant research culture, and contributes world-class monographs, research papers, and related outputs in many areas.

    We welcome all inquiries to study with us at postgraduate as well as undergraduate levels in Creative Writing.


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