Certificate in Applied Writing

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkaitahi Tuhituhi ā Mahi
Code WR2827
Level 4
Credits 60
Duration 1 semester
Domestic student fee $5,728* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationOnline
Further study Diploma in Applied Writing
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.
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Programme aim

Increase your writing skills and knowledge in a range of writing styles. Gain experience and increased capability in creative writing and a variety of other writing genres according to the strand undertaken including: Business Writing, Fiction, Maori Writing, Writing for Children and writing for the Web.

Career opportunities

Fiction or non-fiction author, biographer, blog writer, children' author, copywriter, editor, freelance writer, poet, proof reader, reviewer/critic, script writer, travel writer

Award information

To achieve the award of the Certificate in Applied Writing students must pass a total of 60 credits.

Students may achieve the award of Certificate in Applied Writing (Creative) by passing the following courses: CWRT.4001, CWRT.4002, CWRT.4006 or CWRT.4007 and CWRT.5001.

Students may achieve the award of Certificate in Applied Writing (Practical) by passing the following courses: CWRT.4001, CWRT.4004, CWRT.4008 or CWRT.4009 and CWRT.5002.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:
  • write competently in English using appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling;
  • write competently in a variety of genre;
  • write in a professional manner to an identified market;
  • set appropriate personal goals for writing; and
  • identify key issues relevant to a writer.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

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Compulsory courses

Course details
CWRT.4001 Creative Writing Skills
Creative writing skills will provide students with knowledge relevant to the principles and practice of creative and practical writing. Students will develop necessary skills, explore own goals and strengths and be encouraged towards 'becoming a writer'.
Credits 15

Optional courses

Course details
CWRT.4002 Contemporary Maori Writers and Writing
Contemporary Māori writers and writing allows students to explore some of New Zealand's most powerful contemporary Māori writers and writing. Students will develop capability in analysing the requirements and techniques for writing in an authentic Māori voice and apply principles to own writing.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.4004 Skills for Written and Spoken English
Students on this course will learn the main principles of grammar, punctuation and spelling and how to apply these principles in various forms of writing. Students will also develop an understanding of the differences and similarities between the written and spoken word (as relevant to the writer and/or speaker).
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.4006 Writing for Children
This course provides students with a broad range of knowledge relevant to the writing of stories for children. Students will learn to discuss and apply a variety of writing techniques that lead to the writing of age-appropriate stories in regard to both language and content.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.4007 Introduction to Fiction Writing
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to examine the elementary principles and practice of writing fiction as applicable to a number of genres.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.4008 Writing for the Web
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to examine the elementary principles and practice of writing for the Internet, as applicable to a number of writing forms.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.4009 Administrative, Business and Corporate Writing
This course aims to enable students to gain skills which lead to the writing of crisp, accurate, informative correspondence in a variety of business situations, from small businesses to large corporations, from brief memos to formal reports. Students will develop a range of business-writing skills to achieve effective written communication...
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.5001 Reading and Writing Poetry
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to explore, compose and develop various forms of poetry through reading and writing.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.5002 Technical Text, Handbooks and Leaflets
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to examine the principles and practise of writing technical text, as relevant to nonfiction in a variety of forms, how-to publications, handbooks and leaflets.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand


*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017