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

Old Worlds - New WorldsARTSC11015.0 Points
Social Science Theory and ActionARTSC11115.0 Points
Telling the StoryENGLI10015.0 Points
English.ConfidenceENGLI11315.0 Points
Writing for University PurposesLLTED10015.0 Points

200 level

300 level

The Teacher as WriterALED32520.0 Points
Creative Writing: Creative Non-FictionENGL31420.0 Points
Literary TheoryENGL31620.0 Points
Academic Research Writing: An IntroductionESLA30020.0 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.

Level 9

Creative Writing PhD ThesisCWRT900120.0 Points

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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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