New Zealand Diploma in Creative Writing (Level 6)

40 Weeks

Explore a genre of choice, compose original text, examine and identify the business skills necessary for a self-employed writer.

Unleash your potential! The diploma will consolidate your understanding of genres and guide you to write for different audiences as you work on novels, scripts, collections, or non-fiction texts. You will also learn about writing for online outlets, how to hone your editing skills and how to self-publish.

NorthTec offers qualifications up to level 7 in applied writing:

This diploma has a team of specialist tutors who cover a range of genres. The team includes: children’s writer Justine Baddeley; poet Dr Briar Wood (whose collection Rāwāhi was shortlisted for the 2018 Ockham NZ Book Awards); award-winning scriptwriter Lisette de Jong; IML graduate and short story writer Gerard O’Brien; prose writer, artist and poet Ruby Porter (2017 winner of the Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Award, and inaugural winner of the 2018 Michael Gifkins Prize); and leading freelance editor Lesley Marshall.

What you will learn

Through studying this programme, you will learn a range of specialist writing skills and strategies that will enable you to apply professional principles and practices to produce original writing outputs that meet the specific requirements of creative industries. 

In this programme you will learn to:

  • Apply theoretical and specialist knowledge of creative writing skills, strategies, and processes to develop and produce original outputs for a selected audience, platform or purpose.
  • Analyse problems and generate solutions, as applicable to the creation of targeted outputs for the creative industries.
  • Work independently or as part of a team to critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • Leadership and professional business practice to manage projects/briefs and maintain currency of industry knowledge in order to work within the creative writing industry.

Courses in this programme

Compulsory courses

  • 6001 Long Texts – looking at the elements of long fiction and non-fiction, and producing then recrafting a long-form manuscript of your own.
  • 6002 Short Fiction – examining the techniques used in producing short stories, and practising writing and recrafting these during the semester.
  • 6003 Short Nonfiction – analysing different forms of nonfiction writing, and practising writing nonfiction manuscripts for a target audience, then editing and recrafting them.
  • 6005 Online Writing – this second-semester class builds on all the skills learned in the previous four papers, to culminate in the recrafting of one of or more manuscripts (with the help of the editing students), and then preparing them for publication as an ebook.  Students learn about good design, covers, ISBN numbers, editing and proofreading processes and more.
  • 6006 Publishing – building professional skills, including looking at taxes, ethics, publishing methods, time-keeping, record-keeping, mentorships, competitions, agents, vanity publishers, and funding options.
  • 6007 Editing – practising editing and critiquing manuscripts for the online writing students and other writers.  Students develop their editing skills as well as learning to give supportive, helpful feedback to other writers.
  • 6008 Becoming Professional – students choose their own writing project, research study or presentation and work with it over the whole semester, from initial plans to the final first draft.  Projects often include interviews and in-depth research.

Electives- Choose ONE

  • 6009 Poetry – an in-depth look at different poetry forms, and practising writing and recrafting your own poems.
  • 6010 Short Scripts for the Screen – learn film structure and screenplay format, visual storytelling, arcs, characters, subtext, theme, dialogue, critique, and produce a 10-minute film script.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to understand follow, and respond to instructions given in English.
  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Applicants under the age of 20

  • Successful completion of New Zealand Certificate in Writing for Creative Industries (Level 5) or equivalent.

Applicants 20 years of age and over 

  • A portfolio of work that indicates the applicant is capable of meeting the qualification outcomes.

English language requirements 

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have: 

  • An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band), or accepted international equivalence.

Special Entry 

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who does not meet the full entry requirements, may be granted admission to the Programme on the approval of the Head of Department or delegate if he/she is confident of the applicant’s ability to undertake the Diploma with a reasonable likelihood of success. 

Intakes & Applications

Dates & Bookings

This programme is not open to international students.

Youth Guarantee Fund*

If you are aged 16 to 24, you could study for FREE as part of the government's Youth Guarantee fund. To qualify for the Youth Guarantee fund, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete an application for a course that is covered by the Youth Guarantee fund.
  • Be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be 16 to 24 years old at the time the course starts. Learners who are 15 years old and hold Ministry approved early leaving exemption from their school may also be eligible. This exemption must be in place before the course starts.

Priority places will be given to students who:

  • have not yet achieved NCEA Level 1 or NCEA Level 2; or
  • have completed a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification through a Youth Guarantee provision programme.

All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status is required. Programme entry criteria may apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact Studylink for more information.

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Te Pūkenga brings the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and the arranging training activities of certain Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) together to create a national network. This will give learners more choices and flexibility in what, where, and how they learn.

Existing NorthTec ākonga (learners) will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga automatically in the same qualification and will continue to learn in the same way, in the same place, with the same people.

Learners should note that all programmes offered across Te Pūkenga are under review to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry and may be changed. Where there are changes to programmes that you have applied to enrol in, you will be notified of these changes.

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