Creative Writing

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for CREWRIT 797.


In 2020 CREWRIT A starts in semester 2 part B will be in semester 1 2021.

Students who are accepted into the MCW must enrol in CREWRIT 797 A and B.

The one-year full-time programme is designed to support, inform and develop your creative practice. Our class is informed by principles of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga, sharing experiences and obligations.

The MCW is a competitive-entry programme for writers working on a large-scale creative writing project – a novel, short story collection, work of creative nonfiction, or poetry collection. Students work on a full-length manuscript and participate in weekly workshops and craft seminars.

Both workshops and seminars are forums for thinking and talking about writing. The goal is to help you learn about, refine and improve technique and to challenge yourselves as writers. In workshops you’ll submit your own creative work for discussion. In seminars we’ll focus on aspects of technique, close-read and discuss published work and host a range of visitors – authors and lit-biz professionals.

The programme is convened by the award-winning fiction writer and essayist, Paula Morris. Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh co-supervises poets in the programme.

To complete this course students must enrol in CREWRIT 797 A ad B


Coursework only

Availability 2020

Semester 1 and 2 (full year)


Lecturer(s) Dr Paula Morris


Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose


CREWRIT 797A: 60 points

CREWRIT 797B: 60 points


Admission to the Degree of Master of Creative Writing