Postgraduate Study

Luke Carman, Writing and Society graduate.

PhD and Doctor of Creative Arts 

As part of its commitment to research in writing, the Centre offers supervision for postgraduate research candidates for both PhDs and DCAs (Doctor of Creative Arts). These may be scholarly studies of literary topics or authors, or doctoral theses which combine a creative writing component with exegesis. Distinguished postgraduate research candidates and alumni include Fiona Wright, Luke Carman, Felicity Castagna, Mohammed Ahmad, Georgia Blain, Mireille Juchau, Stephanie Dowrick, Peter Kocan, Christopher Kremmer, Belinda Castles, Matthew Thompson and Kristel Thornell. Visit our student publications page to see some of the achievements of our postgraduate candidates. 

MA in Literature and Creative Writing

The Writing and Society Research Centre also offers a MA in Literature and Creative Writing. By connecting creative writing practice to ideas and creative work from across the arts and sciences, we offer students the opportunity to think across creative, critical and disciplinary categories and to produce creative work that crosses over into areas including music, art, performance and film.

Poetry & Poetics

The Writing and Society Research Centre is a leading centre of poetry research and practice in Australia. Staff and students of the WSRC are recognised internationally as poets, scholars in poetry and poetics, translators, publishers of poetry and practitioners in digital and sound art. We are home to one of the most vibrant networks of postgraduate poets and poetry scholars in Australia, with links to many different national and international writing communities. Read more about the Poetry and Poetics initiative.(opens in a new window)


The Centre supports an active program of seminars, lectures and conferences designed to provide opportunities for students to present their work and to discuss relevant issues with visiting academics and distinguished guests. There are two kinds of seminar: one devoted to postgraduate presentations, the other a general research seminar which features papers on research in progress, delivered by Centre members and visiting scholars and writers. Visitors have included Ellen van Neerven, Jacques Roubaud, Lyn Hejinian, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Saskia Beudel, Charles Altieri, Susan Stewart, John Frow, Sheng Keyi, Laura Marks, Li Yao and Ghassan Hage. PhD, DCA and MA students are all encouraged to attend our seminars.

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Prize Winning Students

Our DCA candidates have won many prestigious awards. In 2017 Peter Boyle won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Fiona Wright was the winner of the 2016 Kibble Award for her collection of essays Small Acts of Disappearance. Luke Carman won the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Award for new fiction and Michael Mohammed Ahmad was named one of the SMH's 2015 Best Young Novelists. Felicity Castagna was the winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for young adult fiction. »Read More

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