Bachelor of Arts - Creative Writing

Same Same but Different

If Dumbledore’s gay – do we still need queer representation in literature?

Same Same But Different is a queer literary festival that was hosted by AUT in February with both New Zealand and international guests. Poet and Master of Creative Writing alumnus Michael Giacon was one of the organisers of the event which is now in its second year. In a piece on the Informer, an AUT opinion site, Laura Williams discusses how many people in the LGBTQI communities still lack representation in literature.

Are you sitting on a novel, perhaps a play or screenplay, a swag of short stories, poems, the lyrics to an album, or a graphic novel? The Creative Writing major offers you the opportunity to explore and develop your creative writing capabilities for the page, screen, and spaces in-between.

Your work will range from reflective portfolios to the composition of a sustained literary or multimedia work. Learning takes place in the classroom and alongside an appointed mentor who is a published author.

Career opportunities

The career possibilities for Creative Writing graduates are wide and varied. You'll find opportunities in writing for the creative and professional writing industries, including:

  • Fiction writing
  • Travel writing
  • Script writing
  • Screen writing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Performance arts
  • Journalism
  • Media writing

Find out more about your career opportunities in this guide pdf icon

Structure and content

You will gain an understanding of the issues of style and genre, media, and the demands of readers, editors and publishers. The degree will prepare you for employment in the creative and professional writing industries.

You will develop your own capabilities as a writer, testing your creative ideas in an environment that challenges, critiques and supports you as you go.


Core papers

Throughout the three years of the BA, students take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare them for academic work and their working life.For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.

Core papers
COMM500 iWrite
COMM610 iReflect
COMM600 iCommunicate
COMM700 iResearch

Creative Writing papers
CWRT501 Creative Writing
ENGL503 A Pacific Reader
ENGL502 Reading New Zealand
ENGL600 Literature/Desire
ENGL602 Popular Genres
CWRT602 Creative Writing: Voices
CWRT603 Creative Writing: Storylines
ENGL701 New Literatures
CWRT700 Creative Writing Project
CWRT601 Creative Writing: Nga Tuhituhi Māori

Further study

Last updated: 24-Feb-2017 2.18pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.