Creative Writing – Short Course.

Introduction.

Learn how to write short stories in a few months. Five parts. Five assignments marked by your personal tutor. Learn all the essential creative writing techniques.

When you graduate the Institute will assist you to put your best short story up on Amazon, with a suitable book cover. You will start earning royalties from ebook sales. 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.

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.

Joanna Orwin

What You'll Learn.

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

1b. Getting started writing letters, journals

1c. Writing fiction

2a. Planning the plot which excites readers

2b. Creating multi-dimensional rounded characters

2c. How dialogue brings your story alive

3a. Deciding on your point of view

3b. Putting characters in a time and place

3c.How to make your words sing

4a. How to choose the right story genre

4b. How to write for TV, stage and films

5a. How to turn first draft into final draft

5b. Planning your career as a writer

NZIBS Writing Blog.

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  • Ways to Instantly Tighten Your Fiction
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  • Writing in Your Journal is Listening to Your Heart
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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.