Creative writing is the hardest part of HSC English.

Some may say that’s because I’m not particularly creative, but I think the issue is that there’s no right or wrong way to write a creative piece.

However, something that helped me deal with this was reading other creative writing pieces! That way I could get inspiration and a better idea of what a Band 6 creative writing piece looked like.

So to help you craft your very own Band 6 HSC English Creative Writing piece, we’ve got the best of the best…

Dr Anna McHugh literally wrote the textbook on HSC Creative Writing!

Anna has extensive teaching experience, including…

  • 2 x PhD’s from USYD and Oxford
  • Qualified English teacher with 10 years+ experience at Sydney’s top schools
  • Wrote the definitive textbook on Creative Writing used by schools across NSW!

To help you write your Band 6 Creative Writing piece, here is a sample answer written by Anna herself, based on this stimulus:

Compose a piece of imaginative writing that explores how human experiences can be far-reaching and transformative. 


Use the image below as the central element in your writing. 

So what are you waiting for? Download your copy now!

Still struggling to wrap your head around HSC Creative Writing?

Check out some more of our free HSC English resources to help you ace those essays and exams!

The How-To Guide to Writing a Band 6 Creative Writing Piece

Found your inspiration from Anna’s sample answer but not sure how to turn your idea into an amazing story?

Find out how to craft your very own Band 6 Creative Writing piece here! 

How to Get a Band 6 Guide for HSC English

Aced creative writing and looking for help with the rest of your HSC English assessments and exams?

Download your How to Get a Band 6 Guide for HSC English here!

Are you looking for some extra help with HSC Creative Writing?

We pride ourselves on our inspirational coaches and mentors – just like Anna! 

Anna leads our Year 11-12 tutorials for both Standard and Advanced English and is available for 1 on 1 sessions for English Standard – 4U and Ancient, Modern and Extension History!

To find out more and book in with Dr Anna McHugh make sure you get in touch today! 

Give us a ring on 1300 267 888, email us at [email protected] or check us out on Facebook!

Isabella Hanley loves science. She loves it so much she’s making it her career. While completing a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney, Isabella is also a Coach and the Digital Content Manager at Art of Smart. She is super passionate about sharing her knowledge on surviving the HSC since completing the HSC herself in 2014, complete with a state ranking in Music 1. In her downtime she enjoys re-watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix, singing in the shower and baking cakes that are almost as tall as she is.