Our graduates 

Graduates from the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme appear in almost every aspect of New Zealand writing life. Graduates have published and produced over 223 books and scripts, and a great many shorter works. They have been published by established publishing houses, by boutique publishers and self-published. Their scripts have been produced for radio, stage, screen and the web.

They are active as performers, events organisers, participants in the Writers in Schools programme, and as organisers of writers' groups. A number  have gone on to MA programmes in Creative Writing.

Graduates include writers as diverse as

Excellent writing is a very marketable skill, and graduates are employed in a range of writing work including communications, journalism and editing.

More news about current and former students can be found on the news tab and in the 'things are happening' column under quick links.

Writing by current and former students can be found online at the 4th Floor Literary Journal.

Is the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme for you?

Writing is about passion, craft, hard work - and time. The Creative Writing Programme at Whitireia NZ gives you the time, the craft, and the knowledge of the writing world, to seriously to find out where writing can take you.

It is an exciting and innovative programme that encourages and celebrates good writing across all genres. It fosters versatility, while giving experienced writers the opportunity to specialize in their chosen field. It actively promotes diversity. It emphasizes originality, excellence in the craft of writing, and the practical business knowledge of being a writer. It provides a strong supportive writing community.

Above all, it is a practical 'hands-on' writing programme. Through exercises, workshops, discussion, speakers, but most of all through writing itself, writers develop their strengths, their critical eye, their knowledge of how the writing business works, and where they fit in the rich world of writing.

The programme recognises the richness of the two major literary and linguistic traditions in New Zealand, English and Māori. Students may write and submit work in English or in te reo Māori.

The programme, established in 1993, was the first full-year full-time creative writing programme in New Zealand. Now it offers a wide range of options, including both comprehensive and specialized courses, diploma and degree options, and part-time, full-time or online study. These include

Diploma in Creative Writing (on-campus)

Diploma in Creative Writing (online)

Diploma in Creative Writing (Advanced)

Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing

Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing) 



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