Master of Creative Writing

Storytelling is an integral part of life. AUT's Master of Creative Writing embraces multiple ways of storytelling: poetry, novels and short stories, and also writing for the screen, graphic novels and multimedia texts.

As a Master of Creative Writing student, you take part in masterclasses led by experienced mentors who are among the most accomplished writers and creative writing tutors in the country.

Creative writing students can choose from two streams:

Start date: 2023

Minimum entry requirements

One of the following:

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree with honours
  • Bachelor’s degree and one year of advanced study
  • Special admission (bachelor’s degree and creative work equivalent to one year of advanced study)
  • Exceptional admission (for established practitioners with a substantial body of creative work)

Applicants who don't meet the academic entry requirements are encouraged to contact Cynthia D'Souza if professional creative writing experience may be considered as an entry pathway.

Email Cynthia D'Souza

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

  • Portfolio of creative writing (20 pages of original work for the page, screen or multimedia)
  • May be required to submit evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level, and attend a selection interview

Your portfolio should be included with your application. It will be reviewed alongside your transcript(s) and other materials as part of determining your place in the programme. Send to Cynthia D’Souza, Student Administrator. Email:

Enquiries may be addressed to Professor Sharon Mazer, Head of School. Email:

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with 7.0 in Writing and Speaking and all other bands 6.5 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

Peer feedback and networking with industry bodies (including publishers, writers' societies and the film industry), are key components of this creative writing programme. We also follow up with regular alumni meetings, and creative writing staff and alumni have gone on to collaborate on successful publishing initiatives.

As well as literary fiction, we encourage high-quality work in young adult fiction, travel writing, biography, screenplays, graphic novels, children’s stories, narrative journalism and creative non-fiction. Poetry and experimental image/text work are also covered.

The Master of Creative provides a supportive, dynamic environment where students can develop creative works in a variety of genres and media. Class size is limited to 14 students.


Master of Creative Writing students participate in 24 masterclasses with some of the most accomplished tertiary-based creative writing teachers in the country. These two-hour workshop/seminars are held weekly during the semester, onsite at the Centre for Creative Writing.

Our leading creative writing tutors will take you through the key stages of a creative production: developing a concept, hooking an audience in, and submitting a manuscript or similar project for publication.


Successful applicants will be assigned a mentor - in rare cases, two - to provide expert feedback and support on their project as it develops. In many cases these mentors are the centre's key tutors, but where appropriate we will liaise with outside parties to secure candidates' preferred mentor(s).


Blogging is used as a medium for the crucial peer review feedback component of this programme. It’s your chance to compose your responses to your peers’ work and post useful links and other resources. The blog is moderated by the chair of the AUT Centre for Creative Writing, and tutors provide follow-through from this during the masterclasses.


At the heart of the Master of Creative Writing is your primary creative work (or ‘thesis’). You also develop an accompanying exegesis, a short piece of written and/or multimedia work that frames your creative project as research. You work under the guidance of an experienced creative writing mentor.

Your submitted work will consist of a (approximately) 40,000-60,000 creative work and a (approximately) 5,000 word exegesis. For genres like poetry or graphic novels the word limit requirements are reduced because of the compressed nature of the medium.

The primary emphasis of the programme is on narrative, but by negotiation with the chair and mentors, you may perform in a variety of written genres as well as multimedia works, like screenplays, storyboards, graphic novels and web-based creative productions.

  • Creative industries
  • Media and new media
  • Professional writing
  • Publishing
Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time
City Campus *
27 Feb 2023
* Online study option available for candidates outside of Auckland
$9,891 (for 120 points)
($8,957 tuition fees + $934 student services levy)
$35,334 (for 120 points)
($34,400 tuition fees + $934 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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