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Inspire the world with the written word
Nurture your creative, critical and professional skills as a writer, gain a foundation in the main genres of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and be supported in finding your own voice.
Studying English and creative writing at Griffith, your flair for expression will be complemented by the relevant professional skills essential to an author in the digital age. Our creative writing courses will not only inspire you to write but also help you build confidence and expertise, and equip you with a developed, critical understanding.
Study Creative writing at Griffith
Learn from teachers who know how to be successful
Do you love taking people on a journey with the written word? Are you fascinated by exploring and analysing the texts of the past? Creative writing at Griffith is the major for you.
Learn from the best
You’ll learn from industry experts and award-winning professionals who delight in encouraging your creativity. You’ll explore and gain insights into some of the most exciting contemporary literature in drama, poetry or fiction, and you’ll appreciate the context of British, Australian and American historical literary works.
You’ll refine your craft and specialisation in areas including fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry or screenplays. You’ll be given a well-rounded understanding of experimental writing, popular genres and writings across cultures.
You’ll have the chance to take classes that encourage you to learn editorial practice and its application, in particular the developmental intervention necessary to bring a variety of texts to publication standard in print or digital formats.
Join our literary community
Just as important as the curriculum, Griffith Creative Writing also supports a dynamic and lively literary community. There are always opportunities for students to share their work, meet other writers and learn more about the world of writing through events such as the yearly tour to Ubud Writers’ Festival in Bali, and Smallroom, a popular, monthly reading night. You can also learn valuable editing and publishing skills by becoming involved with the production of Talent Implied, Griffith’s annual creative writing journal.
Kat Orchard and Brooke Whitney
For public relations specialists Kat Orchard and Brooke Whitney, studying communication at Griffith opened doors to exciting media careers with both obtaining jobs in radio newsrooms before graduating. ‘I loved my time at Griffith,’ says Brooke ‘Broadcasting and TV were my favourite classes and put me in a good position to knock confidently on doors and ask for work experience in radio jobs throughout my degree.‘ Kat echoes these sentiments: ‘Through Griffith, I was able to intern at Nine Gold Coast News, and then within the newsroom at SeaFM,’ she said.
Kat was offered a role at SeaFM on completion of her degree. ‘After a stint in the newsroom, I move into producing which ultimately set the course for my career in the media communications field.’ Both worked in a variety of journalism/PR roles before establishing their passion project Pineapple PR in 2014. The fast growth of Pineapple PR attracted the attention of national brand experience agency The Red Republic, and in 2017 they successfully underwent a business merger, resulting in rebranding to The Pineapple Republic.
Preparing graduates to work in new and traditional fields
The writing industry is a constantly changing, competitive environment with more and more people wanting to create and publish their own work
At Griffith we have a track record of success with many graduates going on to become published writers, winning or being shortlisted for major writing prizes. Our graduates leave with advanced imaginative and critical abilities, plus practical and vocational literary writing skills. As a Griffith graduate, you'll enjoy great versatility in shaping your career. Degrees in English and creative writing are especially well suited for:
- Creative industries
- New media
- Public policy
16 Sep 2020
Griffith creatives explore Brisbane’s hidden history
15 Sep 2020
Griffith micro-credentials to meet post-COVID skills gap
Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 October
Trimester 2: Teaching and exams
Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.
Monday 26 October — Friday 30 October
Trimester 3: Orientation
Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.