Storytelling is an integral part of life. AUT's Master of Creative Writing embraces the multiple modes through which storytelling can occur, including not just novels and short stories but writing for the screen, graphic novels, and multimedia texts.
The Master of Creative Writing is the centrepiece of the AUT Centre for Creative Writing. 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.
The Master of Creative Writing for Scriptwriters offers dedicated masterclasses and industry-style script development pods for writers who want to bring their ideas to the screen.
Master of Creative Writing for Scriptwriters
Centre for Creative Writing
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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.
This portfolio will be reviewed by the chair and tutors in the Centre for Creative Writing. Successful candidates will have a mentor appointed through discussion with the chair to supervise the development of their creative work. Send your portfolio to Dr Paul Mountfort, Chair, Centre for Creative Writing.
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Peer feedback and networking with industry bodies (including publishers, writers' societies and the film industry), are key components of the programme. We also follow up with regular alumni meetings, and staff and alumni have gone on to collaborate on successful publishing initiatives.
As well as literary fiction, we encourage high-quality work in popular genres such as 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 aim of the degree is to provide 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, such as screenplays, storyboards, graphic novels and web-based creative productions.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.