WRIT403-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Creative Writing

30 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019


This course will develop students' capacity to produce creative writing according to a range of practices, within a variety of contexts and genres, and in response to the needs and expectations of diverse audience groups.

Students in WRIT403 will participate in a series of workshop-based exercises focussing on the set topic, which will vary from year to year depending on who is teaching the course. In the first half of the course, each week will be based around a particular aspect of the topic and include one class that entails the reading and analysis of exemplary literary examples, followed by a second class that entails workshopping of students’ own writing in response to set exercises. In the second half of the course students will be able to specialise in a particular mode or genre, and to develop longer pieces of work.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course you will be able to
  • analyse, to an advanced level, the technical aspects of creative writing by others, and apply these findings to your creative writing;
  • deploy a range of techniques for the creation of fictional, nonfictional, poetic and dramatic creative texts;
  • deploy a wide range of editorial strategies, at an advanced level, in the revision and improvement of creative texts;
  • undertake research relevant to your writing tasks;
  • provide advanced editorial advice for other writers
  • understand and articulate the implications of being a writer in Aotearoa New Zealand, especially in regard to te ao me te reo Māori and the Pasifika philosophy of teu le va.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Entry is subject to approval of the Head of Department. RP: A Bachelor's degree (with at least a B average in 300-level courses) in any subject in which writing comprises a significant part of the assessment

Recommended Preparation

A Bachelor's degree (with at least a B average in 300-level courses) in any subject in which writing comprises a significant part of the assessment

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Karl Popper 413 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 121 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Philip Armstrong


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Writing journal 5%
Critical review 15%
Writing exercises 40%
Two longer projects 40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,847.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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