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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 Locations: Hamilton

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Creative Writing as a specialisation of

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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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