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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About our undergraduate courses

The aim of our creative writing (CREW) courses is to develop the imaginative capacity, individual literary skills and voices of emerging writers in a stimulating workshop environment.

We offer undergraduate CREW courses in a wide range of genres, in specific trimesters each year. Below is our undergraduate CREW timetable with links to individual course pages for more detailed information.

Undergraduate CREW courses can be credited to an undergraduate degree. Contact your Home Faculty or Student Recruitment for more information. If you are not studying at Victoria, you can apply to take CREW courses independently.

Each course is limited to 12 students, which means that entry is competitive. The quality of the writing sample submitted with an application will be central to the selection process. Read about how to apply.

Undergraduate CREW courses normally consist of 12 three-hour workshops over one trimester. 100% attendance is expected. Workshops provide a forum for the close discussion of students' writing, the study of appropriate genre readings, and writer visits. Each student submits a portfolio of work at the completion of the course, which is assessed on a pass/fail basis, with written reports provided by the workshop convenor and one external reader.

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Undergraduate Trimester Timetable (2015)

First trimester 2015 Second  trimester 2015 Third trimester 2015
(Jan/Feb 2016)
CREW 254 Short Fiction CREW 253 Poetry CREW 258 Iowa Prose
CREW 257 Creative Nonfiction CREW 254 Short Fiction CREW 259 Iowa Poetry
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

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

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Student Levy Reductions

Current tuition fees are displayed on individual course information pages. Please note that  levies are charged in addition to tuition fees; however, some students may be eligible for a student levy reduction. To calculate your total fees, click on the Fees Calculator icon at the individual CREW workshop links below, or contact Victoria's Financial Support and Advice staff.

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.