Creative Writing (2021)

Creative Writing will help you develop strength in imaginative writing and creative non-fiction. You will work in a range of genres and acquire the habits of all good creative writers: careful reading, active research and constant revision. You will learn to structure your writing effectively, and to present your own ideas in their strongest light. Our creative writing classrooms are a blend of lectures, small groups and workshops where you share work in progress, and benefit from peer and teacher feedback.

Creative Writing is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Creative Writing students must complete at least 60 points in papers listed for the minor, including WRITE203 and WRITE300.


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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ENGLI100Telling the Story15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon, with examples from the epic of Gilgamesh to Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
    ENGLI101Adaptations15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the art of adaptation, examining the process of transformation that occurs when creative artists reimagine and retell stories in new ways and new media.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    WRITE201Applied Writing: Food Writing15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper uses writing about food, including recipes, memoirs, restaurant reviews and researched food writing, as the primary materials in a learning experience with an intensive applied writing focus.
    WRITE202Creative Writing: Voice and Image15.021B (Hamilton)
    This course explores the basic elements of imaginative writing - image and voice - concentrating the student's attention on the central writing practices of 'seeing' and 'saying.'
    WRITE203Special Topic: Inspiring Work15.021G (Hamilton)
    This intensive, workshop-based paper, taught by award-winning novelist Catherine Chidgey, examines the concept of inspiration as it applies to creative writing. Students will consider historical theories of artistic inspiration as well as the methods of practising writers. Thematic lectures around the central topic will address rit...
    WRITE205Writing for the Screen15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores foundational concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts during workshop sessions. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: world-making, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences. Students will produce a portfolio of writing, including pro...
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ENGLI301Genre Studies: Challenging Forms15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper is an intensive study of specific literary forms such as tragedy, travel writing, autobiography, and crime writing. The focus will vary from year to year.
    MAORI316Te Reo Ahurei15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper is intended for students who have completed Maori language proficiency to intermediate level or higher. The emphasis will be on developing oral and critical skills in the use of the Maori language and English with particular attention on the critical examination and understanding of composition styles, including performa...
    WRITE300Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction15.021B (Hamilton)
    This course explores the key elements of creative non-fiction writing, engaging with a variety of non-fiction texts including memoir, biography, the personal/lyric essay, and auto/biographical meta-fiction.

2021 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 15 April 2021 9:13am

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