Master of Creative Writing

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 candidate, you take part in masterclasses led by our experienced mentors, who are among the most accomplished writers and creative writing tutors in the country. 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.

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

Start date: 2019

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

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.

Email Paul Mountford

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

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 candidates can develop creative works in a variety of genres and media. Class size is limited to 14 students.

Masterclasses

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.

Mentoring

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

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.

Thesis

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.

  • Creative industries
  • Media and new media
  • Professional writing
  • Publishing
Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1303
Level:
9
Points:
120
Duration:
1 year full-time
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:

25 Feb 2019

Fees:
Domestic
$8,540
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$32,095
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • 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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