Course Structure

Four-Year Curriculum Framework

Please refer to the "Programme Resources" Section to access the CPW Student Survival Guide, Study Sequences and WRIT4006 Writing Internship Guidelines. For more information about minor in Creative Writing, please refer to the AR webpage here

Programme Structure


Major  Minimum 60 units
General Education and University Core Courses  31 units
Free Electives up to 37 units
Graduation Requirement Minimum 128 units

The 60 major units of the Programme consist of 42 units of Required Courses and 18 units of courses from the two Major Electives of English and Chinese writing. The Required Courses provide fundamental learning in writing and concepts in aesthetics, theories and ideas in creativity, and cultural differences, in order to enhance students’ intellectual cognition and skills. Each of the two Major Electives consists of two Modules—one in creative writing and one in professional writing. There are four Modules altogether. Students are required to select at least one course from each of the four Modules, so that they will be trained both in Chinese writing and English writing, and be skilled both in creative and professional writing.


Required Courses (42 units)

HUMN/WRIT 2015 Writing Seminar: Workshop in Creative Writing
HUMN3016 / WRIT3006 Professional Writing Practicum: Essentials of the Craft of Writing
WRIT 1005 Creativity: Theory and Practice
WRIT 2005 Biography Writing
WRIT 2006 Food, Wine and Travel Writing for the Leisure Industry
WRIT 2007 Editing and Publishing
WRIT 3007 Writing for New Media
HUMN 3005 Artistic Creativity and Aesthetics Awareness
HUMN4026 / WRIT 4007 The Art of Creating Stories: Writing and Appreciation
HUMN4027 / WRIT 4015 The Double Face of Creativity: Fact and Fiction
WRIT 4005 Cultural Differences and Creative Writing
WRIT 4006 Writing Internship
WRIT4898 / WRIT4899 Honours Project


Major Electives (18 units)

Students have to select at least ONE course from each of the following four Modules:

1. English Elective

A. Creative Module:

ENGL 3015 Creative Writing
LANG 2006 English through Creative Writing
LANG 3025 Creative Writing in Children’s Literature in English
TRAN 3045 Drama and Film Translation
WRIT 3025 Big Stories: Writing Long-form Fictional Narratives
WRIT 3026  Poetry Writing
WRIT 4016 Writing Diaspora in a Global World
WRIT 4017 From Sacred Books to Sampling: Authorship in Creative Writing & Digital Arts
WRIT 2026/3016 Special Topic in Creative Writing


B. Professional Module:

JOUR 2085 English News Reporting and Writing
JOUR 2096/3177 Advanced News and Feature Writing
JOUR 3095 Business and Financial News Reporting in English
TRAN 4026 Literary Translation
WRIT 2016 Writing for Science
WRIT 2017 Writing for Business
HUMN 2025 Gender Studies
HUMN 2036 Media and Communication: Issues, Concepts and Theories OR
HUMN 3037 New Media Cultures
HUMN 3007 Language and the Humanities
HUMN 3015 The Making of the Contemporary World
HUMN 3046 Science Fiction, Film and Culture
HUMN 4025 Cultural Studies
HUMN 4035/4045 Special Topic in Theory and Culture
HUMN 4036 Special Topic in Media and Cultural Studies


2. Chinese Elective

A. Creative Module:
CHIL 3026 Modern Chinese Fiction Writing
CHIL 3027 Modern Chinese Prose Writing
CHIL 3055 Rhymed Chinese Literature Writing
FILM 2015 Script Writing
FILM 4007 Advanced Script Writing
HUMN 3025 Chinese Song Lyric Writing
LANG 2005 Creative Writing through Masterpieces
LANG 3006 Creative Writing: Modern Chinese Poetry
WRIT 3015 Scriptwriting for Theatre
WRIT 3017 Special Topic in Chinese Creative Writing


B. Professional Module:
JOUR 2077 Chinese News Reporting and Writing
JOUR 2046/3176 Advanced News and Feature Writing
LANG 2025 Chinese Writing for Business and Public Administration
TRAN 3026 Media Translation
WRIT 2025 Advertisement Copywriting
WRIT 3005 Reading Masterpieces and Writing Your Own
HUMN 1005 The Study of Culture
HUMN 3006 Great Work in the Humanities


Internship Opportunities

The Creative and Professional Writing Programme has designed a required course “Writing Internship” to create opportunities for students to learn by participating in real-life experiences and working for different institutes. The potential internship opportunities include literary agencies, magazine or book publishers, theatre or film groups, non-profit arts organizations, book reviewers, advertising agencies, websites, etc. This is a mandatory course for final year CPW students.