Studying Professional Writing at Waikato teaches you high-level skills as a reader, writer and editor with excellent verbal, grammatical and analytical skills to excel your writing career.
The Master of Professional Writing offers a research-led and strongly practice-based qualification in professional and creative writing. The core paper is designed specifically to enhance the workplace readiness of graduates, and elective papers range across a variety of fields from creative writing to writing for promotional purposes and advertising, for digital media and for scholarly and professional publication.
Students have the opportunity to include a writing internship and all MPW students will be offered an on-campus professional writing mentor, who will provide professional advice and direct students towards on-campus writing opportunities. Candidates for the Creative Writing Thesis are selected on the basis of assessment of a portfolio of work; students accepted for the Creative Writing Thesis complete a book-length manuscript of publishable standard.
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Prescriptions for the PGCert(ProfWrit), PGDip(ProfWrit) and MPW
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MPW, a student must have completed either:
a) a bachelors degree (or equivalent) with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or
b) a bachelors degree with Honours (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division).
Students must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis, a 60 point dissertation, or a 30 point dissertation.
Students who are ineligible to continue with the Degree may be eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|APPLN501||Research Methods in Applied Linguistics||19A (Hamilton)|
|The overall aim of this paper is to provide students with a critical awareness of a range of issues and skills associated with carrying out research in the area of applied linguistics.|
|APPLN530||Discourse Analysis and the Language Classroom||19B (Hamilton)|
|The overall aim of this paper is to provide students with an awareness of a range of issues associated with the analysis and interpretation of text and discourse according to a variety of approaches, as well as an ability to apply a range of analytical approaches and assess the value of these in the field of second language teachin...|
|CWRT594||Creative Writing Thesis||19C (Hamilton)|
|This paper will provide students the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise an independent and original creative writing manuscript, while receiving supervision and peer feedback within a creative workshop environment.|
|ENGLI546||Creative Writing: Writing and Embodiment||19A (Hamilton)|
|A writing-intensive course focused on the ways in which 'embodiment' is key in generating vital characters, shaping dramatic narratives, and crafting resonant sentences aware of the sensory impact of language.|
|LLTED522||Best Practice in the Writing Classroom||19A (Online)|
|In this paper students explore writing discourses; analysing and critiquing a range of theoretical perspectives and teaching practices. Participants are required to reflect on their discursive practices and how these position them as teachers of writing. Current pedagogical research in terms of effective teaching and assessment pra...|
|MEDIA501||Theory and Research in Action||19A (Hamilton)|
|This paper is designed to provide an advanced understanding of screen research methods and outcomes. It identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on explaining how research can be understood as an intellectual and theoretical activity. Students are required to develop and work on thei...|
|MEDIA505||Human Interest Storytelling||19B (Hamilton)|
|The web offers platforms to explore short non-fiction content that explore a variety of social issues. This paper examines the practice of developing human interest storytelling for online content from writing initial scripts to producing short documentaries.|
|MEDIA506||Scriptwriting||19A (Hamilton) & 19T (Hamilton)|
|This workshop-based paper develops understanding and experience of script-construction processes and practices as well as script analysis. Students will produce second draft scripts for the format, length and genre of their choice.|
|WRIT594||Professional Writing Thesis||19C (Hamilton)|
|This paper will provide students the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise an extended and independent thesis focussed on a specialised field of writing studies, under appropriate supervision.|
|WRITE501||Writing for Publication||19A (Hamilton)|
|Writing for Publication will focus on writing for professional publication, examining the modes, standards and practices associated with different forms of published output. Students will read examples from a variety of fields, including fiction and creative non-fiction, writing for advertising and digital media, and scholarly/acad...|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|CWRT900||Creative Writing PhD Thesis||19C (Hamilton)|
|No description available.|
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