New Zealand Diploma in Creative Writing (Level 6)

Undertake specialised study and practice in the craft of writing a novel, screenplay, short fiction, poetry or non-fiction work. Focus on your genre and create a first draft manuscript. You will work in a workshop environment with tutors and mentoring support. Weekend and weekly options available.

You can enrol for the New Zealand Diploma in Creative Writing (Level 6) as a one year, full-time diploma or it can be credited towards the second year of the Bachelor of Creativity (Writing).

Programme outline

Work with your tutor on:

  • craft and technique within your chosen genre 
  • refining the idea 
  • planning and research 
  • reading and critique within your chosen genre 
  • rewriting and editing 
  • knowledge and appreciation of the publishing/production process

The courses are delivered full-time over two trimesters and consist of one 15 credit course, two 30 credit courses and one 45 credit course.

Writing Process (30 credits) To assist writers to undertake the planning and development of a writing project.

Writing Project: Workshop (30 credits) To assist writers to strengthen their critiquing skills by analysing their peers’ work and a selection of works by published authors. To advance analytical skills necessary for developing the writer’s own work.

Writing Project: Manuscript (45 credits) To consolidate technical and creative skills to produce a major writing project to first draft stage.

Revising and rewriting (15 credits) To develop analytical skill for the critique of a writer’s own work and revise work in response to critical analysis.

Our cross-genre classes provide a large amount of self-directed time for writing as well as structure and support for a first time manuscript writer. They are delivered as either a monthly weekend class or a weekly class. At the time of application these options will be discussed with you.


Entry criteria 

New Zealand Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries (Level 5) or equivalent, or evidence of writing skills based on submitted writing samples, outline for writing project and interview.

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5