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Introduction to Creative writing

Discover practical online writing courses that will help you grow as a writer. It doesn’t matter if you want to pen a novel, become a poet, work as a journalist, or write for the joy of it—there’s a study option to suit you here. 

These courses will teach you the craft behind different writing styles, so you can discover what inspires you most. You can search short courses or full qualifications. Either way, you will learn from published authors and editors who can guide you towards wherever you want to be in your writing career. 

Start comparing online creative writing courses across universities. We can offer advice on entry requirements, flexible study arrangements, fees and enrolments. When you study through us, it’s easier to balance your learning with other commitments in your life. 

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Online creative writing subjects and short courses

Curtin University

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

Griffith University


Writing the Short Story

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 04 Mar 2024, 04 Nov 2024

Curtin University


Creative Writing

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 May 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Curtin University


Travel Writing

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Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

Online creative writing degrees

Macquarie University


Bachelor of Arts

An arts degree that no one else has

Make your degree unique and study what interests you. Analyse critically, think creatively and problem-solve at work or in everyday life. Complete foundational studies then tailor your degree with a major. Create a portfolio and build your connections.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Ancient History,  
  • Applied Ethics,  
  • Creative Writing,  
  • English,  
  • Indigenous Studies,  
  • International Relations,  
  • Modern History,  
  • Philosophy,  
  • Politics,  
  • Sociology,  
Griffith University


Bachelor of Arts

Innovators, communicators and creators start here!

Develop critical thinking, writing, and research skills in demand across all industries. You can follow your passion with majors and electives that interest you. Develop connections through peer learning, networking, and work experience.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Art History,  
  • Creative Writing,  
  • Criminal Justice,  
  • History,  
  • Journalism,  
  • Literature,  
  • Public Relations,  
  • Screen and Media Studies,  
  • Sociology,  
University of Southern Queensland


Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

Curtin University

Write your own stories and develop the work of others

Develop your own voice as you explore genres including poetry. You’ll learn how to plan and research your projects. Polish your grammar, practice proofreading and copyediting. Witness words transforming from wispy thoughts to professional pieces.

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

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