International Institute of Modern Letters

Undergraduate Courses

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 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 currently studying at Victoria, you can apply to take an individual CREW course, or courses.

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 (2016 / 2017)

Third trimester 2016
(Jan/Feb 2017)
First trimester 2017 Second trimester 2017
CREW 256 Special Topic: Māori and Pasifika Creative WritingCREW 254 Short FictionCREW 253 Poetry
CREW 258 Iowa ProseCREW 257 Creative NonfictionCREW 254 Short Fiction
CREW 259 Iowa PoetryCREW 350 Special Topic: World Building CREW 255 Children's Writing
 CREW 351 Masterclass: Television ScriptwritingCREW 353 Writing for Theatre

Please note: Subjects offered under 300-level codes may vary from year to year. CREW 352 Science Writing will not be available in 2017.

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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. To calculate your total fees, click on the Fees Calculator icon on individual CREW workshop pages, or contact Victoria's Financial Support and Advice staff.

Students studying less than 25 points or enrolled only in trimester 3 are entitled to a significant reduction in their student levies. 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.