Introduction to Creative Writing

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for ENGLISH 252.


This is an art and craft course for students interested in developing skills in four writing genres – Poetry, Multimedia, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Fiction. The course is taught by two award-winning writers, former Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and fiction writer and essayist Paula Morris.

We study a range of local and international models; write and workshop weekly exercises; encourage experimentation; and develop close-reading skills as a writer rather than as a critic. Students keep a Writer’s Workbook of drafts, exercises, notes and ideas.

Attendance is expected at all seminars (two hours per week) and workshops (one hour). Workshops begin in Week Two. Writing exercises are set and discussed at these classes. Peer review is important and actively practiced in this class – you will be expected to comment on each other's work. Assessment includes two portfolios of creative work covering all four genres and based on work begun in workshop. 

Learning Outcomes

The aims of this course are: to enable students to develop their imaginative and technical skills; to develop writing and revising skills; and to demonstrate a grasp of a wide range of techniques and forms in their creative work.

As well as learning through practice, students will develop skills in close textual analysis of published work, reading as a writer, and evaluations of peer manuscripts.


Coursework only: Workshop and seminar participation; reading quizzes; exercises and two portfolios.

Availability 2020

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh
Dr Paula Morris


  • Selina Tusitala Marsh, Tightrope (Auckland University Press)
  • Paula Morris, False River (Penguin Random House)
  • Course Reader [Note: purchase from UBIQ and bring to first seminar]


Coursework only


ENGLISH 252: 15 points


45 points passed