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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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
Writing has been a life-long passion for Joanna, with a first chapter book published in serial form in the Nelson Evening Mail when she was nine followed by high school prizes for poetry and essays. She has written everything from articles for trade and interest journals, interpretation panels and brochures on historical, environmental, and cultural topics, to award-winning fiction and non-fiction books that range from social and environmental history to historical and adventure novels for children, young adults, and adults.
Mentoring and supporting other writers has always been part of her writing life, including critiques for writers during thirty years’ experience as an editor/writing tutor for the Forest Research Institute and Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, student mentoring for Hagley Writers’ Institute, and for the last five years has been a mutual critiquer of historical fiction with a small peer group of international writers.
Joanna has been short-listed six times in the Children’s Book of the Year Awards, twice winning her category. Two of her non-fiction titles for adults won New Zealand Awards in History, her historical novel Shifting Currents was short-listed in the 2021 Heritage Book awards, and Riccarton and the Deans family was a finalist in the 2016 Heritage Book Awards. Joanna was the 2009 University of Otago College of Education Children’s Writer in Residence.
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.
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