Creative Writing Course.

Introduction.

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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Get Brochure.

Complete the short form below to download the prospectus.

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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 carolinebarronauthor.com.

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 www.tinashaw.co.nz

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.

  • Writing in Your Journal is Listening to Your Heart
    “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine Saint-Exupery One of the oldest ways of self-explorat …
  • Tobias Hill’s Best Tips on Writing Poetry
    10. Go Walkabout. Don’t stay in. Get on your bike. Sit in the park. Skip the bus or train to work and walk instead. Get lost on the way out for a pint of milk o …
  • How a Successful Romance Writer Builds her Characters
    New Zealand romance writer, Frances Housden, wrote these notes to help future romance writers. She has always been a voracious reader, but she never thought of …
  • Rekindling Your Creative Spark
    When you began to establish your writing career, you were highly motivated. The joy of the challenge, the exhilaration of creativity lured you into going for yo …
  • My Journey as a Double Graduate | Robyn Welsh
    I still clearly remember the day in August 2016 when an advertisement popped up on my Facebook page for a short course “Writing Fiction for Beginners” with tuto …
  • 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 …

FAQs.

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.