Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing - CM14

Whether you are a part-time hobbyist or seasoned novelist, our Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing will enhance your writing skills to expand your career in the field of creative writing. Benefit from the flexible, online design of this course studied part-time over two years while developing your writing techniques across various genres including traditional fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting as well as hybrid genres. Pathway into CQUni's Master of Creative Writing with credit to continue to turn your interest into expertise.

Start anytime and benefit from the flexibility of an entirely online course, studied at your own pace with no assessment constraints or unit deadlines on our Be Different learning platform. Applications are now open to commence this course in 2022.






2 years part-time



The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing will provide you with the skills to write engaging works across different genres for various audiences and markets. You will have the opportunity to think critically about the craft of writing and apply techniques in crafting fiction and non-fiction pieces. The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing also offers you the chance to practice the art of storytelling using experimentation and innovation.

The course presents you with a literary tool kit of stylistic writing techniques across various genres, including traditional fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting, as well as hybrid genres such as flash fiction, speculative fiction, personal essays, narrative journalism, and concrete poetry, among others. You will also develop, apply and fine-tune the knowledge and skills you will need as a creative writer in the digital age. The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing encourages you to explore the possibilities that technology provides the creative writer in crafting 'born digital' works.

A standout feature of the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing is that each unit provides you with genre-specific opportunities to create a sustained piece of creative writing applying signatures of the genre. This feature makes the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing an invaluable entry-point into the Master of Creative Writing.

The Master of Creative Writing is available to study via our flexible online Be Different platform, making it easier for you to fit study around your work and lifestyle. Enjoy the flexibility to study anytime, any place and at your own pace. You have up to three years to complete the course.

Core Units 4 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Wondering how a self-paced postgraduate course in creative writing works? Find out more about the course structure, units, assessments and more, below.  

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing is comprised of four core units. Your first four units are broken down into 12 modules with each module focusing on a particular topic and skills development. Each unit is six credit points and designed to require a time commitment of a total of approx 144 hours.


Assessments are completed at your own pace - no deadlines or due dates. Assessment tasks include quizzes, interactive activities, writing activities, and short answer questions. You will also complete assessment tasks that comprise the following - The Pitch/Proposal, The Final Creative Piece (the creative artefact), and a Critical Reflection Journal.    

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab. You will progress through your units in the below sequence: 

HUMT28001Elements of Creative Writing I
HUMT28002Elements of Creative Writing II
HUMT28003Creative Non-Fiction: True Stories Told Well
HUMT20015Writing Poetry and Short Dramatic Pieces

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Hone your skills

Develop your skills in writing engaging works across different genres for a variety of audiences and markets with our Graduate Certificate or Master of Creative Writing.

Greater choices

Our postgraduate creative writing courses provide you with options to suit your skill or career aspirations. Benefit from the option to pathway from graduate certificate to masters course with credit.

  • Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing (CM14)
  • Master of Creative Writing (CF08)

Be Different

Ideal for the busy, self-motivated learner, this course is hosted entirely online and structured so that you can choose when you study. This course is designed for you to access course content on any device with internet access.

Unit content is divided into modules which are then broken down into smaller bite-sized learning activities so you’re able to fit study around your commitments and lifestyle. Complete modules on the bus, during your lunch hour, or in the doctor’s waiting room.

With no need to buy textbooks or additional content, and everything you need available on the Be Different platform and internet, you can be completing your studies anywhere.

Online Availability

Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2022Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification with a minimum cumulative course Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0; or
  • A completed AQF Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification with a minimum cumulative course GPA of at least 4.0 with a minimum of 2 years’ employment experience which demonstrates the use of professional or creative writing skills; or
  • A minimum of 5 years’ employment experience which demonstrates the use of professional or creative writing skills.

Employment experience must be shown in a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service. Applicants being admitted on the basis of employment experience may be referred to the Head of Course to confirm employment experience meets the course requirements.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or - Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements


Health Requirements


Assumed Knowledge

As per entry requirements.

This course provides professional development for beginning and amateur creative writers, as well as teachers, academics and other professionals who would like to complete studies in a flexible yet structured learning environment to gain literary and stylistic expertise in creative writing practices. Undertaking this course provides a pathway option for students to exit or progress forward to the Master of Creative Writing course. For other graduates, the course may contribute to industry requirements and/or professional practice.
Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$10,812.00

Domestic Full Fee Paying - Indicative First Year Fee (2022 Be Different) $7,566.00
*Tuition Fees are reviewed annually and can increase from year to year. Fees that appear in the first table are based on the course being delivered via our traditional online mode. In 2022, this course is expected to be delivered via Be Different and therefore students will pay reduced unit fees (subject to confirmation).

Indicative Fees (Be Different)
The indicative first year fee is based on studying four units in one academic year on Be Different. Your actual fees may vary, depending on the number of units you study across the year.

  • Individual units are priced at $1891.50* per unit.

Don’t want to pay your tuition fees upfront?
You might be eligible for FEE-HELP, a loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees.

To find out more about FEE-HELP view the FEE-HELP information booklet available on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Please note that from 1 January 2020, the Australian Government introduced a combined HELP loan limit which caps the amount you can borrow. This loan limit includes any HECS-HELP debt incurred from 2020 onwards plus any existing and new FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans. Learn more about the HELP loan limit and how it affects you.

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