International Institute of Modern Letters

Undergraduate Courses

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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Introduction

Creative Writing is available as a minor. You cannot major in Creative Writing but you can credit our undergraduate CREW workshops towards a Bachelor of Arts or Graduate Diploma in Arts, or another degree by arrangement with the relevant Faculty. One CREW course may be included in an English Literature major with the approval of the Head of School. CREW 353 Writing for Theatre may be included in a Theatre major with the approval of the Head of School.  The subject requirements for a BA minor are at least 60 points selected from CREW 200–399, including at least 20 points at 300-level. You can also take CREW workshops independently. Contact your Home Faculty or Student Recruitment for more information.

Our 200-level workshops are 20-point undergraduate courses. The formal prerequisite for these is 40 points and an appropriate standard in written composition.

We also offer 300-level workshops. These workshops are 20 point undergraduate courses. The formal prerequisite for these is 40 points and an appropriate standard in written composition.

Workshops are limited to 12 students and the quality of the writing sample which accompanies applications is central to the selection process.

Undergraduate CREW workshops normally consist of 12 three-hour meetings over one trimester. Participants are assessed by a folio of writing submitted immediately after the final workshop. Folios are examined on a pass/fail basis with written reports provided by the workshop convenor and one external reader.

Our courses are not a classroom version of a writing manual: we do not teach a specific set of predetermined skills. Our aim is to develop the imaginative capacity and individual literary skills of emerging writers in a stimulating workshop environment.

100% attendance at workshops is expected.

CREW workshops are offered in specific trimesters each year, subject to the availability of course convenors. Visit the links below for course details and timing.

FEES: please note that Tuition Fees do not include any Levies.  To calculate your total fees, click on the Fees Calculator icon at the individual CREW workshop links below.

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Undergraduate Trimester Timetable (2014/2015)

Third trimester 2014 First trimester 2015 Second trimester 2015
CREW 258 Iowa Prose CREW 254 Short Fiction CREW 253 Poetry
CREW 259 Iowa Poetry CREW 257 Creative Nonfiction CREW 254 Short Fiction
CREW 351 Masterclass
(Television Scriptwriting)
 CREW 255 Children's Writing
CREW 256 Special Topic - Māori and Pasifika Creative Writing Workshop
   CREW 352 Creative Writing Workshop - Science Writing
     CREW 353 Writing for Theatre

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200-level Creative Writing (CREW) Courses

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300-level Creative Writing (CREW) Courses

Please note: Subjects offered under these 300-level codes may vary from year to year.

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Student Levy Reductions

Students studying less than 25 points or enrolled only in trimester 3 may be entitled to a reduction in their student levies. See Victoria’s Fees FAQs page or contact student-finance@vuw.ac.nz for more information.

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How and When to Apply

Visit our How to Apply page for details and deadlines.