Writing Studies

Do you love expressing yourself in words? Enjoy a learning environment in which you could explore your creativity as a poet or fiction writer. Acquire the skills in written communication that you can apply in business environments, or learn to write for digital media or for the screen.

Writing Studies at Waikato offers a writing-intensive learning experience that will enable you to grow as a writer no matter where your interest lies. It will give you the research skills needed to write convincingly about the past, or create a vivid sense of the contemporary world. It will develop the reading and analytical skills essential for effective writing.

You can structure your Writing Studies programme to suit your interests and needs. There are papers offered in:

  • Historical fiction
  • Short fiction
  • Poetry
  • Creative writing
  • Literary non-fiction, including food writing
  • Life writing
  • Travel writing
  • Digital story-telling
  • Business communication
  • Professional speaking and speech writing
  • Public relations writing
  • The philosophy of language and communication
  • Understanding the requirements of specific audiences and readers
  • Theories of reading
  • Academic writing and research.

Writing Studies graduates seek employment opportunities working for newspapers and magazines, central and local government, schools, the media, theatres and publishing houses. Writing Studies also lends itself to a freelance career.

Career Opportunities

  • Copy Writer
  • Digital and Broadcast Media Writer
  • Journalist
  • Literary Non-Fiction Writer
  • Public Relations Practitioner
  • Report Writer
  • Speech Writer
  • Teacher

100 level

Writing for University PurposesALED10015.0 Points
Telling the StoryENGL10415.0 Points
From Page to ScreenENGL11215.0 Points
English.ConfidenceENGL11315.0 Points
Academic Writing and ResearchESLA10115.0 Points
Introduction to Linguistic CommunicationLING13215.0 Points
Written Communication for ManagementMCOM10415.0 Points
Diversity and Communication ManagementMCOM12215.0 Points
Introduction to Corporate CommunicationMCOM13315.0 Points
Critical ReasoningPHIL10315.0 Points

200 level

Food WritingENGL21120.0 Points
Creative Writing: Voice and ImageENGL21520.0 Points
Academic Written DiscourseESLA20020.0 Points
Writing Historical FictionHIST20720.0 Points
Language, Society and CultureLING20320.0 Points
Exploring English: from Grammar to DiscourseLING23020.0 Points
Business CommunicationMCOM29220.0 Points
Language and CommunicationPHIL20420.0 Points
Writing for Screen MediaSMST21820.0 Points
Special Topic in Writing StudiesWRIT26020.0 Points

300 level

The Teacher as WriterALED32520.0 Points
Renaissance Poetry CodeENGL30320.0 Points
Going Places: Life, Literature and TravelENGL30920.0 Points
Creative Writing: Creative Non-FictionENGL31420.0 Points
Literary TheoryENGL31620.0 Points
Academic Research Writing: An IntroductionESLA30020.0 Points
Digital Storytelling for the Arts and Social SciencesFASS30120.0 Points
Digital Histories: Public and Collective MemoriesHIST31920.0 Points
SociolinguisticsLING30420.0 Points
Professional and Public Relations WritingMCOM33220.0 Points
Science CommunicationSCIE30020.0 Points
Propaganda and AdvertisingSMST30920.0 Points
Directed StudyTHST39020.0 Points
Writing ProjectWRIT39120.0 Points
Work PlacementWRIT39620.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(WritSt) and GradDip(WritSt)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Writing Studies at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

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English Programme

Writing Studies is available as a major for the BA. Writing Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Writing Studies, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Writing Studies, including ENGL215, WRIT391, 20 points at 300 level from ENGL papers listed for the Writing Studies major, and at least 20 further points in Writing Studies above 200 level.

To complete a supporting subject in Writing Studies, students must gain 70 points in Writing Studies, including ENGL215 and at least 20 further points above 100 level.


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