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The application process for UCT's Creative Writing programme is highly competitive, with aspiring writers from across Africa and around the world applying for a limited number of places. In general, applicants are required to have completed an undergraduate degree in any field, as well as be able to write fluently in the English language. Below is a step-by-step guide to applying:

How To Apply

Application form

  1. Complete the relevant application form []


  1. Prepare a substantial selection of your writing (5,000 to 8,000 words) in the genre in which you wish to enrol (fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry)
  2. Send your portfolio, in hard copy, to:

Ncumisa Mdingi-Nunu
Postgraduate & Research Office
Faculty of Humanities
Room 1.11, Beattie Building, Upper Campus
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, 7700

  1. Email a copy of your portfolio to Prof. Imraan Coovadia:

Deadline: End of October for the following year.