Course Overview

Creative Writing entails the writing of creative texts, such as short stories, poems, children’s stories and drama texts. It is a full-fledged graduate subject and is mainly enrolled for by students majoring in language and communication studies. No specific entrance requirements are applicable for enrolment on first-year level. Entrance to the second- and third-year levels of study, however, is subject to selection processes.  Creative Writing can generally be combined with any other language subject. It also ties in well with the study of communication.  The course covers both creative writing theory and practical creative writing. Approximately half of the assessment marks are awarded for student’s own original writing creations.  Afrikaans is the primary target language for all modules in Creative Writing. Fluency in Afrikaans is therefore crucial in order for students to complete the modules successfully. On first-year level, study-guides are made available in English as well, with provision of interpreting services in the classroom.

This subject offers wide user applications given our focus on developing creativity.  In the subject of Creative Writing, we also involve ourselves with interdisciplinary creative work and other research projects.  With our latest project, Byderhand, we experiment with digital tools to create digital literary work and place specific digital literature.


Career opportunities

  • Creative writing & Freelance Writing
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Library and information work
  • Language practitioner work
  • Academia & Research
  • Copywriting
  • Editorial work
  • Advertising


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