Creative Writing Programmes

Creative writing programmes:

If you have an idea but are struggling to get started, check out this list of top-
rated writing courses and degrees in New Zealand.




Enhance your writing skills by exploring your creative ideas in an environment that challenges, critiques, and supports you throughout your journey. AUT is the only university in Aotearoa to offer this unique major, providing exceptional opportunities including mentoring from published authors and workplace experience in your final
semester. Go to Website

The Creative Hub Auckland

The Creative Hub offers a six-week course designed to teach you the skills and
techniques required for effective storytelling. With experienced tutors and workshop leaders, including renowned authors and former publishers with in-depth knowledge of the industry, The Creative Hub is dedicated to providing an enjoyable and informative learning experience. Go to Website

University of Auckland

Enrol in the Masters in Creative Writing programme at the University of Auckland and focus on your large-scale creative writing project, whether it’s a novel, a collection of short stories, a full-length work of creative non-fiction, or a poetry collection. Collaborate with an award-winning novelist and engage with a dynamic, dedicated, and diverse community of writers to accomplish your writing goals. Go to Website




Hagley Writers Institute

Hagley Writers Institute is known for its innovative approach to education. Its tutors expose students to various forms of high-quality writing and encourage them to experiment with different styles. With a mature learning environment that caters to over 1600 adult and adolescent students, the college provides ample support for students to pursue their writing interests. Go to Website

University of Canterbury

By enrolling in writing studies at the University of Canterbury, you will learn how to adapt your writing style to communicate effectively with your intended audience. Their postgraduate programmes in writing studies include a Master of Writing, a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication, and a Master of Strategic Communication. Go to Website




Creative Writing Dunedin

Creative Writing Dunedin provides a diverse selection of creative writing courses, available face-to-face and on Zoom, tailored for both novice and experienced writers. The courses cover Fiction, Writing Your Life, and Poetry. Creative Writing Dunedin also offers literary assessment services as needed. Go to Website

Otago University

The University of Otago provides a comprehensive writing programme that includes academic, professional, and creative writing papers, allowing you to choose the courses that align with your interests and goals. Go to Website


Online and Distance learning:


Massey University

With the options of distance- or campus-based learning, the Master of Creative Writing programme at Massey University allows you to collaborate with award-winning authors to develop your skills in various forms of creative writing. Go to Website

NZ Writers College

For more than a decade, NZ Writers College has been offering writing courses across four distinct faculties: Journalism, Creative Writing, Business and Grammar, and Specialist Writing. These courses are designed to enhance the skills of writers at all levels and are curated and taught by award-winning writers. Each course is tailored to individual needs, ensuring personalised instruction and guidance for optimal learning. Go to Website




Te Herenga Waka (Victoria University of Wellington)

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s Creative Writing programme is hosted by the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) and provides a range of courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including an MA in creative writing. The programme offers diverse courses in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, screenplays, and playwriting, providing ample opportunities for students to explore their creative interests and develop their skills. Go to Website

Whitireia Polytechnic

At Whitireia, you can choose from a range of courses focused on writing and publishing, including full-year programmes and micro-credentials. Through these courses, you will have the opportunity to learn about the art of writing and publishing, developing your skills and gaining a critical eye for the craft. In addition, you will acquire valuable knowledge about the inner workings of the writing industry. Go to Website