Writing Studies


Every day we write and read stories and poems, scripts and essays, forms and signs, texts, tweets and more. We may keep journals, make comics and zines, follow the work of visual artists and contemporary commentators. The public world and our workplaces, institutions and organisations are immersed in writing. In its various and changing forms, writing is an intrinsic part of the manner in which we navigate and construct our lives and selves.

Areas of study

Writing studies is an interdisciplinary subject, embracing courses in English, Linguistics, Media, Film and Television Studies and Asian Studies.

Creative writing: You can start with poetry, fiction and multimedia and move on to writing creative prose and writing poetry for the page and beyond, with opportunities for taking part in LOUNGE, our regular public reading series.

Visual literacy and writing technologies: Learn about the origins of writing, signs and systems, alphabets and writing tools, codes and formats, information design and the writing interface.

Public and professional writing: How do we learn about the world through public writing? What are the sites, modes and forms of journalistic practice and how has it been affected by the digital revolution?

Writing instruction and workplace literacy: Improve your writing skills in academic, professional and popular forms, and learn about the role of writing in the workplace and organisational life.

You can study Writing Studies in the following programmes:

What you will learn

There are Stage I courses in multiliteracies and academic writing, Stage II courses in creative writing, art of the essay, writing and world, writing selves, writing systems, journalism and comics, and Stage III courses in creative prose and poetry, rhetoric and writing, critical thinking and writing technologies.

Career opportunities

Our graduates can develop the craft, creativity and reflexivity to write in multiple formats and across communicative environments. Writing Studies develops both professional writers and competency for the professions. The critical and creative understanding of tools of communication is ideal for work in the creative industries, technical writing, government, law and publishing, marketing and information design.

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