Diploma in Advanced Applied Writing (Level 7)

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Fees-free is available for eligible first-time tertiary learners. Find out if you’re eligible at feesfree.govt.nz

Enter the world of professional writing

Pull together the techniques you’ve learned and concentrate on one genre, creating a major work of original composition, whether it’s a novel, play, or short story collection. Guided by an industry mentor in your chosen field, you’ll be ready to enter the world of professional writing.

The Applied Writing Programme at NorthTec offers 3 qualifications over 3 years:

Our programmes are ideal for people who wish to work independently as writers, for those already working in the creative industries who wish to enhance/upgrade their skills, and for those working in other industries who wish to improve their writing skills to allow higher-level employment.

What you will learn

With this programme, you will learn to integrate the skills and understanding of one genre into a major work of original composition. You’ll be able to complete a major work of original text (novel, play, short story collection etc.) guided by an industry mentor in your chosen field.

In this programme you will learn to:

  • Complete a major work of original text

  • Prepare annotated book reviews

  • Reflect on their own writing process

  • Facilitate a workshop

Courses in this programme

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
717.701 - Reading Requirement 7 15
717.702.1 - Major Project (Part 1) 7 30
717.702.2 - Major Project (Part 2) 7 45
717.703 - Critique 7 30

Entry Requirements

Computer literacy is an entry requirement for this online programme.

In addition:

  • Applicants must provide evidence of an appropriate level of writing experience.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language require a minimum IELTS score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5, or NZCEL Level 4 (Academic). 

Qualification gained

Northland Polytechnic Diploma in Advanced Applied Writing

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Applied Writing Tutors
Lisette de Jong
Lisette de Jong

Lisette de Jong is an award-winning writer of drama and comedy who tutors Short Scripts for stage and screen.




Full time/Part time


1 year

Start Dates

Online: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: $6,272.86

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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