Master of Creative Writing

University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
Master's Degree
Study mode
1 year
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 4,957
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 21,279

About this course

Convened by award-winning novelist Paula Morris and co-supervised by acclaimed poet Selina Tusitala Marsh, this programme is for writers working on a large-scale creative writing project: a novel, short story collection, full-length work of creative nonfiction, or poetry collection. One of the programme's highlights is the $5,000 Sir James Wallace Master of Creative Writing Prize, which will go to the best student portfolio.

Entry Requirements

To enrol, you need to have completed one of the following at a recognised university (or similar institution):

  • A four-year bachelors degree
  • An honours degree
  • A three-year bachelors degree, and a professional qualification in writing or at least three years of professional experience in writing


  • You should have a book project in mind or already underway and demonstrate a clear creative focus and accomplishment in your chosen genre
  • Professional experience can include previously published creative writing, working in a field involving writing such as journalism or copywriting, involvement in writers' groups or participation in writing events
  • You will also need to submit a portfolio of creative writing that is judged by the convenor to be of sufficient standard for entry into the programme

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic score: 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0


If you are writing a novel, short stories or creative non-fiction, you are expected to produce a portfolio of between 40,000 and 80,000 words. Poetry collections should have a minimum of 80 pages.

You'll attend two weekly classes during semester: the workshop and the seminar.

  • In the workshop, you will submit drafts of stories, poems and novel sections for discussion and feedback, and take part in weekly writing exercises.
  • The weekly seminar is a forum for thinking and talking about writing. In these classes we discuss published work and explore the key issues of technique you need to consider in your work. The seminar hosts a range of visitors, including local and international writers; practitioners from the world of film, radio and theatre; and speakers from the publishing and literary arts world.

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