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Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Examine inspiring creative works and develop your own

With a Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing) you will examine great creative works and explore your personal creative approach through poetry, life writing, script writing and fiction.

Find out more about the Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Inspiration, communication and vocation are at the heart of Massey’s exciting Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing).

It offers you the chance to develop your writing so that it’s pitch-perfect for a variety of audiences. You’ll enhance your critical thinking and master a wide range of transferrable communication skills while pursuing your own creative vision.

Choose your canvas

Creative writing offers you flexibility in writing original work in a variety of genres: learn to write fiction, scripts for the stage and screen, poetry, creative non-fiction, life writing and travel writing.

Learn from published authors

Our award-winning teachers are also internationally acclaimed writers who teach from their own first-hand experience in moving from idea to page, polishing their work and sending it off to be published or performed.

Get published

Students who have taken our creative writing courses have gone on to publish poems, stories, essays and books as well as winning some of New Zealand’s top writing prizes. Why not join them?

A good fit if you:

  • Are seeking opportunities to get creative, get writing and get published
  • Want practical writing experience in a range of genres
  • Enjoy critical and creative thinking


Gain marketable skills

In a global marketplace, creativity and related skills are more important than ever. Creative writing will prepare you not just for the range of careers that exists today, but also for new roles that will appear in the future. Massey’s Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing) will prepare you to work in the creative world and provide transferable skills for other industries.

The following careers are a natural fit for creative writing graduates:

  • Writing for television, magazines, social media or the book-publishing industry
  • Corporate or non-profit freelance writing
  • Creative arts project coordination
  • Advertising
  • Performance-related writing and production
  • Writing and advising on government policy

Lecturer profile

Thom Conroy
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Thom’s historical novel, The Naturalist, was published by Penguin-Random House in 2014, and his short fiction has appeared in various journals in New Zealand and abroad, including Landfall, Sport, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Agni. His fiction has been recognised by Best American Short Stories 2012 and has won various other awards, including the Katherine Ann Porter Prize in Fiction and the Sunday Star-Times Short Fiction Competition. In 2013 Thom received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Thom teaches on several creative writing courses in the Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing) and is just one of our award-winning lecturers.

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