Creative and Professional Writing

Make your mark with the written word

Explore how words can be used to convince, cajole, captivate and compel. Learn how to move an audience and get your message across by harnessing the power of the written word.

Why study Creative and Professional Writing?

Creative and Professional Writing teaches the craft of writing and editing across different forms and platforms, in different styles and genres, for different audiences and goals.

Develop skills in autobiography, screenwriting, poetry, publishing and editing, and writing for radio and the internet. Write fiction and non-fiction for publication, the stage, electronic media, advertising and public relations.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2018 Handbook.

Where can Creative and Professional Writing take me?

Your imagination is the limit when it comes to a career in Creative and Professional Writing.

La Trobe prepares you for employment in a range of fields including arts and entertainment, publishing, journalism, advertising, marketing and communications, public relations, government and public service.

Creative and Professional Writing graduates work as copywriters, novelists, scriptwriters, script editors, playwrights, dramaturges, editors, publishers, reviewers, critics, teachers and marketing coordinators.

Why La Trobe?

  • Join our Centre for Creative Arts – an interdisciplinary centre that supports research and promotes collaboration in creative arts practices including Creative Writing.
  • Participate in artists' residencies, public events and lectures at our Centre for Creative Arts.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record, Honours in Creative Writing awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or focus on Creative and Professional Writing.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

You can study this as part of a Bachelor of Arts. View all majors

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course  or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at  another institution, you can apply  direct until applications close in December.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

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