English and Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing at ANU encompasses the study of English literature (American literatures; Australian literatures; British and Irish literatures; world literatures; drama; literary and cultural theory) and Creative Writing (poetry, fiction, play scripts and screenplays). Within these fields, we offer a wide range of subjects to study including fiction, film, poetry, drama, new media, and scriptwriting.

English and Creative Writing at ANU draws upon written and visual texts from all stages of history and all parts of the English-speaking world, and also celebrates the communicative traditions of our First Nations people by embedding Indigenous texts and knowledges into our teaching and learning.

Creative Writing emphasises writing process and revision through encouraging students to write and develop their own prose and poetry, and by using writers’ manuscripts and published works as examples.

Our teaching is constantly evolving and engaged with current events and cutting-edge research in the discipline. We host centres for our research that are defining the Australian landscape of literary studies, including the Centre for Early Modern Studies and the Centre for Australian Literary Cultures.

In addition to examining the work of others, students are encouraged to produce their own critical and creative works, based on the inspiration they draw from the works they study, and the advice offered by the experienced and passionate lecturers in the program.

Check the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics website for more information on the faculty, research, projects, latest news, upcoming events and more.

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Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts

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3 in Australia
38 for Arts and Humanities in World*

3 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

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UAC Code: 131003
CRICOS Code: 074016B
Bachelor of Languages

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3 years
Semester 1 intake

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UAC Code: 131193
CRICOS Code: 073988B
Diploma of Languages

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1 Year FT* or 3-4 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

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UAC Code: 130015
Graduate Certificate of Studies

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0.5 Year FT or 3 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

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UAC Code: 830584
CRICOS Code: 082261M
PhD & MPhil

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2-4 Year FT or 4-8 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

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