The creative writing programme at Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Porirua, was established in 1993. At that time, it offered one full-year full-time course and by 2005 it offered three full-time diplomas. The creative writing programme now offers the Bachelor in Applied Arts (Creative Writing).
The programme also offers the Diploma in Creative Writing, the Diploma in Creative Writing (Advanced) and the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. With both the Advanced and Graduate Diplomas, writers complete a major project, whether a novel, a collection of poetry, a script or other form of writing. During their first year, diploma students work in a variety of genres and they can choose to study on campus or online from home.
The creative writing programme emphasises originality and excellence in the craft of writing, and the practical business knowledge of being a writer. We are very proud of our graduates, who take part in almost every aspect of New Zealand writing life: as organisers of performance poetry, in the New Zealand Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme, as screen and stage scriptwriters, organising writers’ groups, in magazines as editors, journalists and writers. Many of our graduates have published books and won awards. Their writing often features in established and emerging literary magazines.
The work of more than 25 students from this programme has been published.
These successful authors include:
We are indebted to the tutors on the programme – Hinemoana Baker, Costa Botes, Lynn Davidson, Mary-Jane Duffy, David Geary, Mandy Hager, Adrienne Jansen, Anna Taylor, Renée Taylor, Graeme Tetley, Julia Wall – and to all the New Zealand writers and editors who contribute to the success of our student writers:
Daphne De Jong
Stephanie de Montalk
We hope you enjoy this selection of work written by our students and tutors. We welcome your enquiries. Contact us