About the Centre for Creative Writing

AUT's Centre for Creative Writing is unique in the Auckland region as a dedicated space for tertiary-based creative writing.

We’ll help you develop, articulate and position your work for creative industries here and abroad.

All categories of writing

As with similar programmes worldwide, we recognise that any category of writing – not just 'high literature' but biography, travel writing, children's stories, narrative journalism, even academic writing – can be creative.

We encourage excellence in the traditional literary genres of fiction, poetry and drama, but also in the full range of contemporary popular genres.

Our dedicated screenwriter’s hub is for writers interested in developing scripts, and the stream is led by Cannes award-winning filmmaker, Andrew Bancroft.

Mentorship and support

Are you sitting on a novel, or perhaps a play or screenplay, a swag of short stories, poems, the lyrics to an album, or a graphic novel? We offer mentorship for high quality multi-modal productions as well as productions solely for print.

We also encourage the use of new media for online publication and performance, in recognition of the continuing shift in the balance of power from the page to the screen.

Meet our staff

An exciting learning environment

Located in the cultural heart of Auckland overlooking Albert Park, the centre offers an open and exciting learning environment where you can pursue your ideas and turn them into realities. There are multiple study pathways and the opportunity to gain advanced qualifications while performing a variety of creative genres or media. We are a place for budding and established writers to meet, collaborate and connect.


Founded in 2010, our centrepiece is the Master of Creative Writing, which has produced more than 100 graduates – many of them now published authors.

Notable alumni

Join us and rewrite the script.

Contact us

Dr Paul Mountfort
Chair, Centre for Creative Writing

Email: pmountfo@aut.ac.nz

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