Diploma in Applied Writing

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkairua Tuhituhi a Mahi
Code WR2872
Level 5
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationOnline
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Programme aim

This programme provides students with advanced writing skills and knowledge in a range of writing styles. Students will gain experience and increased capability in creative writing and a variety of other writing genres according to the strand undertaken including business writing, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, technical writing, Māori writing, writing for children, writing for the web, historical writing, travel and screenplay writing and the ability to self publish.

Career opportunities

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

Award information

Included qualifications

Certificate in Applied Writing

To achieve the award of the Diploma in Applied Writing students must pass a total of 120 credits, including:
  • 120 credits at Level 4 or above
  • a minimum of 75 credits at Level 5 or above;
  • 15 compulsory credits;
  • 60 credits from the Options List; and
  • 45 elective credits.

Students may achieve the award of the Diploma in Applied Writing (Creative) by passing the following courses: CWRT.4001, CWRT.4002, CWRT.4006 or CWRT.4007, CWRT.5001, CWRT.5003, CWRT.5005, CWRT.5004 and CWRT.5007.

Students may achieve the award of the Diploma in Applied Writing (Practical) by passing the following courses: CWRT.4001, CWRT.4004, CWRT.4008 or CWRT.4009, CWRT.5002, CWRT.5004, CWRT.5005, CWRT.5006 and CWRT.5011.

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

  • 15 compulsory credits (CWRT.4001);
  • 30 credits from the Options List (CWRT.4002, CWRT.4004, CWRT.4006, CWRT.4007, CWRT.4008, CWRT.4009, CWRT.5001, CWRT.5002); and
  • 15 elective credits.

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

Select 75 credits at Level 5

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
CWRT.5004 Travel Writing
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to to examine and develop the principles and practice of feature writing with an emphasis on the particular requirements and market requirements encompassed by the genre of travel writing.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.5005 Writing the Screenplay
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to examine and develop the principles and practise of writing a screenplay with an emphasis on the acquisition of the basic skills and information required to write for the screen.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.5006 Focus on Non-Fiction
The aim of this course is to examine the principles and practice of freelance journalism, creative non-fiction and essay writing.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.5007 Focus on Fiction
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to examine and develop the principles and practice of writing fiction as applicable to a number of genres.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.5011 Self-publishing Skills for the Writer
This course aims to develop skills which will enable participants to organise written material as print-ready copy.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
CWRT.5012 Penning the Past and Personal Writing
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to explore and develop the skills required to write creative nonfiction as biography, memoir or local history for personal or commercial publication.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2, 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.

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