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Discipline of English and Creative Writing
School of Humanities
Napier Building Level 7
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 Australia

Phone: +61 8 8313 4249
Fax: +61 8 8313 4341


Faculty Office
Napier Building Undercroft (Ground) 
North Terrace Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 Australia

Opening hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10am-4pm
Wed 11am-5pm

Phone: +61 8 8313 5245
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 4382

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 Welcome to Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Programs at the University of Adelaide attract students from interstate and overseas who are talented emerging writers, or developing and established writers who wish to write their next work with a mentor or who wish to gain professional qualifications. 

These Creative Writing Programs are some of the most dynamic and flexible in the country, enabling students to work alongside writers such Brian Castro, Nick Jose, Jill Jones and Eva Hornung. Visitors to the Programs have included David Malouf, Hazel Rowley, Marina Warner and Murray Bail. In the last three years the Program has produced such prominent writers as: Miguel Syjuco, who won the MAN Asian Prize for his PhD novel Ilustrado, Carol Lefevre (Nights in the Asylum, If You Were Mine), Rachel Hennessy (The Quakers) and Sean Williams (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, #1 New York Times hardcover bestseller list).

The Creative Writing Programs develop skills for more proficient and versatile writers through student-directed learning.  As Higher Degree Research candidates, Master of Philosophy and PhD students in Creative Writing will develop their skills as researchers.

As well, the Programs provide opportunities:

  • for students to experience professional publishing and performance of creative writing through working on publications, through the organisation of reading events, and by attending seminars on professional matters such as editing and copyright
  • for PhD students to develop teaching/research careers in creative writing by tutoring and presenting seminars.
Master Classes

 The J M Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice presents a series of Master Classes for Creative Writers, and participants have the rare opportunity to work with outstanding and award winning writers from around the world.  


The J M Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice also presents seminars and guest speakers at regular events.

Please visit their site for the latest information:  

Postgraduate Studies in Creative Writing

Postgraduate Programs by Research:  Master of Philosophy (Creative Writing) and the PhD in Creative Writing


Publishing, Presentations, Reading Performance and Anthologies.

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J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice

The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice provides a stimulating research environment for leading Australian and international literary, musical, visual arts and design practitioners.

Visit the J.M. Coetzee Centre website