Creative Writing

Creative Writing is about learning to write for creative purposes.

Examples include writing poetry, novels, short stories, plays, non-fiction writing, and writing for screen and stage (screenwriting and playwriting).

Studying in this area involves learning how language works in these different settings, and how to express your ideas better.

This includes being able to critique your own and others' writing.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Poet
  • Novelist
  • Short-story writer
  • Blogger
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Technical writer
  • Science writer
  • Documentary maker
  • Creative writing teacher
  • English teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


126% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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