Creative Writing Course.


Sixteen tutorials show you how to write short stories, long stories, novella, non-fiction stories, personal journal, biography, someone’s life story, stories for children, plays, poetry.

In one year you’ll learn about all* these ways to be a creative writer.

When you graduate with your diploma (graduates may put DipCW after their name) you’ll be ready to specialise in the genre where you’ll concentrate your future writing career. Everything is included in the course fee.


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Complete the short form below to download the prospectus.


The Enrolment Application is contained within the download and is also available online.
Please email ([email protected]) or call if you have any questions. Toll Free: 0800 80 1994 International: +64 9 272 3974.


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You Receive.

  • Tutoring from New Zealand industry experts

  • Course books, folder and stationery pack

  • Printed copies of all course materials

  • Cutting edge eLearning systems for online learning option

  • Access to online forums to network with other students and tutors

  • Support from admin staff to help you through the learning experience

  • Training from a trusted distance learning institute with over 30 years of experience

Tutor Profile.

Caroline Barron is an author, manuscript assessor and book coach, book reviewer and Creative New Zealand peer assessor. Caroline’s passion for helping writers find their voice and improve their writing craft is at the heart of her work.

Caroline has a Masters in Creative Writing and a journalism degree. She was a trustee of Michael King Writers Centre for four years, where she led the committee responsible for selecting residency recipients, and was on the selection panel for the New Zealand Society of Authors Complete Manuscript Assessment Programme.

Caroline’s book Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life After Near Death won the 2020 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award for Non-fiction. Her recent awards also include: 2021 Ngaio Marsh Award nominee (Ripiro Beach); 2020 National Flash Fiction Day (Auckland region winner); 2020 Surrey Hotel Residency (shortlisted); 2018 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award (winner, short prose); 2018 NZSA CompleteMS programme recipient; and winner of the 2015 NZSA LiIian Ida Smith Award. Her website is

Caroline Barron

Tina Shaw

Tina Shaw is a novelist, short story and freelance writer who lives
in Taupo. Her stories have been published in anthologies, literary journals and magazines. Her recent literary novel for adults is The Children’s Pond (Pointer Press). In 2013 she edited the Bateman New Zealand Writer’s Handbook.

She is a winner of the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, has held the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency, and was Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato. She has also written junior and young adult fiction, including Into the Hinterland, and its sequel Dogs of the Hinterland as well as books for the ‘Kiwi Bites’ and ‘Mainsails’ series. Her young adult novel About Griffen’s Heart was a Storylines Notable Book in 2010.

Tina has many years experience as a manuscript assessor. She is a mentor and assessor for the NZ Society of Authors. Her website is

What You'll Learn.

1. How to get the most out of this course.

2. Getting started writing letters, journals, emails

3. Writing fiction and non-fiction.

4. Planning the plot which excites readers.

5. Creating multi-dimensional rounded characters.

6. How dialogue brings your story alive.

7. Deciding on your point of view.

8. Putting characters in a time and place.

9. How to make your words SING.

10. How to write real life stories.

11. How to write poetry and enjoy it.

12. How to choose the right story genre.

13. How to write for TV, stage and films.

14. How to get funding or paid work as a writer.

15. How to turn first draft into final draft.

16. Planning your career as a writer.

NZIBS Writing Blog.

  • Looking Back | Tina Shaw
    My tutoring journey with NZIBS began in 2005 when I’d got back to Auckland after holding a writer’s residency at Waikato University and then-Principal Brian Mor …
  • Words To Watch Out For: Homophone Spellings and Mis-spellings
    Here’s a question: which of these two sentences has a spelling mistake? The man made a discreet statement to his boss.The man made a discrete statement to his b …
  • Tips on making your dialogue more natural — by editing it
    This excellent article in Writer’s Digest on how to make dialogue (as in short stories and novels) sound more natural – by editing it. It seemed like an oxymoro …
  • Welcome to the team, Caroline Barron
    We are excited to welcome Caroline Barron as the new tutor for Creative Writing (short and long courses), Novel Writing, Short Story Writing, Romance Writing an …
  • What do you see, nurse?
    This moving poem was written by an un-named old woman in a geriatric ward of London Hospital last century, and found in her locker after she died. The nursing s …
  • How to write a blockbuster novel
    Novel Writing course students often want to write a blockbuster novel. They dream of agents flourishing big cheques under their noses and their book in Whitcoul …


We have been operating since 1991 and have thousands of graduates all over the world. Our courses are conducted by correspondence. You decide when and where you study. The course material (including books) is sent to you, and you submit your assignments regularly. You don't have to take time off work or travel to classes.