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Creative Writing

Being a great writer will set you up for success in any career path. Study Creative Writing at Waikato and hone your communication skills to develop professionally, or start on a whole new journey as an expert writer.

Creative Writing studies will not only build your confidence and improve your story-telling, but will teach you to write interesting and attention-grabbing copy. You will develop a strength in imaginative writing and creative non-fiction, and will learn to write effectively across a range of genres.

Learn to structure your writing clearly, articulate concepts, read and interpret imaginative and other types of writing, and develop an understanding of reader expectations.

Our English Programme is the proud home of Mayhem, an online literary journal showcasing the creative writing of students, staff and alumni of the University of Waikato.

Complementary subjects of Creative Writing include Creative Practices, English, History, Screen and Media Studies, Theatre Studies and Writing Studies.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton

Study Creative Writing in these qualifications

Creative Writing as a specialisation of

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGLI100Telling the Story19A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon, with examples from the poems of Keats to Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
ENGLI101Adaptations19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the art of adaptation, examining the process of transformation that occurs when creative artists reimagine and retell stories in new ways and new media.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
WRITE201Applied Writing: Food Writing19A (Hamilton)
This paper uses writing about food, including recipes, memoirs, restaurant reviews and researched food writing, as the primary materials in a learning experience with an intensive applied writing focus.
WRITE202Creative Writing: Voice and Image19B (Hamilton)
This course explores the basic elements of imaginative writing - image and voice - concentrating the student's attention on the central writing practices of 'seeing' and 'saying.'
WRITE203Special Topic: Inspiring Work19T (Hamilton)
This paper examines the concept of inspiration as it applies to creative writing, and enables students to develop their writing skills through a range of creative exercises and workshop activities.
WRITE205Writing for the Screen19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores key concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: concepts, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGLI301Genre Studies: Challenging Forms19B (Hamilton)
This paper is an intensive study of specific literary forms such as travel writing, autobiography, utopian and dystopian fiction, and crime writing. The focus will vary from year to year.
MAORI316Te Reo Ahurei19B (Hamilton)
This paper is intended for students who have completed Maori language proficiency to intermediate level or higher. The emphasis will be on developing oral and critical skills in the use of the Maori language and English with particular attention on the critical examination and understanding of composition styles, including performa...
WRITE300Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction19A (Hamilton)
This course explores the key elements of creative non-fiction writing, engaging with a variety of non-fiction texts from memoir, to biography, to the personal essay and autobiographical meta-fiction.

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English Programme

Creative Writing is available as a specialisation for the BA and BMCT. To complete a specialisation in Creative Writing, students must gain 80 points above 100 level from papers listed for the specialisation, including at least 40 points above 200 level. It is recommended that students include two of ENGL104, ENGL105, ENGL112, ENGL113 or ARTS101 in the first year of their programme of study.

The Creative Writing specialisation may be taken in place of a supporting subject. Students majoring in any of the subjects which contribute papers to the specialisation may credit papers towards both the major and specialisation, provided the specialisation is not taking the place of a supporting subject.



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