Writing Your First Novel Course.


You’ll learn how to write fiction for adult readers: family drama, contemporary, literary, thriller, romance, detective, western, intrigue, sci-fi, historical, adventure, sea saga, escape stories … you choose. Perhaps your novel will become a best-seller? You won’t know until you try.


This novel writing course is for writers who have competency in the basics of writing fiction, short stories etc. For instance, graduates of our NZIBS Creative Writing or Short Story Writing courses who want to specialise. Graduates of the Bill Manhire writing course etc are welcomed.

Novel writing is fun, but anyone who has started and given up will tell you – it’s not easy to complete one without someone knowledgeable to guide your efforts.

In this novel writing course your personal tutor provides you with step-by-step guidance – from getting a story idea right through to being published. Independent self-publishing on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords and Lulu are exciting new options for today’s writers.

Earning royalties as a novel writer is a great way to turn your hobby into a second income earner. But please consider the money and royalties as a bonus. It is best to write a novel because you want to. We understand that feeling.

Get Brochure.

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 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. Getting Started.

2. Writing The First Two Chapters.

3. Choose Names For The Characters.

4. Developing The Middle Story.

5. Writing The Story’s Climax.

6. Getting Your Novel Published.

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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.