The School or Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of opportunities to study writing from the unique Associate Degree of Creative Writing, a double major in writing in the Bachelor of Arts, and research-based studies such as an Honours program and PhD qualifications.
The writing program promotes the type of creative learning needed by cutting-edge writers in a broad range of writing genres, both fiction and creative nonfiction, and by innovative, risk-taking graduates seeking to thrive in a changing world. Graduates trained in the humanities learn to play with big concepts, to apply new ways of thinking to difficult problems that can't be analysed in conventional ways and to negotiate ambiguity and complexity, innovation, communication and presentation.
The writing staff create a supportive learning environment that inspires and encourages students to explore avenues for promoting and publishing their works. Visiting writers add further inspiration for new ideas through guest lectures and seminars.
The achievements of Southern Cross University's creative writing students and graduates are extensive, leaving lasting impressions in a range of genres through various avenues. These include: publishing stories, reviews and articles in journals and newspapers; having books and novels published by prominent publishing houses; self-publishing and launching their books; being commissioned to write plays and scripts; presenting and performing at festivals and events; winning residencies overseas; and having their talents acknowledged by way of scholarships, prizes and awards.