Whether you are writing for children or adults, humour or horror, this online course provides excellent tutor support, peer review, mentoring and professional external editing to ensure you have all the feedback you need to excel.
This course is ideal for
Aspiring writers and authors
Writers without any formal training
Anyone wanting to learn writing techniques
Artists and other creative thinkers
Anyone wanting to improve their understanding and skills
Anyone looking to move into editing or non-fiction writing
Just bring your imagination
Your ideas and imagination are all that you need to get started.
We will support you to refine your writing techniques, advance your editing skills and complete pieces of writing to a publishable standard. We will teach you to prepare your work for publication as well as to critique your own work and that of others.
All papers include individual feedback from experienced tutors, who are all published authors or experienced in their fields. Students also give each other feedback as part of the courses in order to develop critical thinking.
Writers from life
Our students come from all walks of life, from school leavers looking for motivation, to grandparents wanting to fulfil lifelong dreams.
The diploma is available at three levels.
Find youR focus
The programme is focused on writing for both adults and children.
You can specialise in writing for children, or in Te Reo Maori, research for a major project, non-fiction, editing, or poetry.
First of its kind
NorthTec’s Applied Writing Diploma was the first fully online writing programme in New Zealand. Since its inception The Applied Writing programme has added new papers and has seen considerable success with publication of many of the students' work.
Students have published work in a wide variety of genres – novels, picture books, school journal articles and stories, newspaper articles, magazine articles, short story collection, and one former student had her play taken to production. Students have also been placed in national short story competitions.
You can be next.
Applied Writing Courses