Creative Writing & Publishing

Study Creative Writing & Publishing

Coming soon: In 2023, Whitireia Publishing will launch their first micro-credentials, Grammar and Punctuation (Level 5) and Copyediting 1 (Level 6). Developed for flexibility, these will be delivered online over a period of 10 weeks each. Find out more here

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Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied)

Learn the publishing process by working on real books with real publishing clients. Work as a publishing team as you gain skills in editing, project management, typesetting and publicity for print and digital media. Benefit from regular industry speakers and complete two work placements in publishing companies.

  • Level 7
  • 1 year
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New Zealand Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries

Learn the craft of writing through exercises, workshops, course reading, regular feedback, but most of all through writing itself. Develop skills in genres including short fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting and poetry. This online programme offers flexibility through eight-week block courses, which means you can study around other commitments.

  • Level 5
  • 1 year, full-time, part-time (study options)
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Copy-Editing 1 (Micro-credential)

Get editing skills that are highly valuable in print and digital producing workplaces. Study flexibly by allowing this course to fit around your other commitments.

  • Level 6
  • 10 weeks
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Grammar and Punctuation (Micro-credential)

Delve into the world of grammar and punctuation with this micro credential. Expand your knowledge base in how language is structured. Study flexibly by allowing this course to fit around your other commitments.

  • Level 5
  • 10 weeks

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Publishing

The highly regarded Whitireia Publishing Programme is New Zealand’s top training course for publishing. It teaches the whole publishing process, from manuscript to bookstore. Developed and run in partnership with publishers, the course is modelled on an apprenticeship. At its heart are practical experience, mentoring and industry contacts.

Our graduates populate the book trade and publishing sector in New Zealand. They have roles in all the major trade publishing houses as publishers, marketing managers, content developers, book editors, publicists and much more. They work for educators, promoters, policymakers and arts organisations. Many run their own businesses.

Perhaps above all, the publishing programme becomes a touchstone for graduates, a challenging and rewarding year during which they make friends for life.

Hear from our graduates and industry publishers

Student Projects

The heart of the publishing programme is the apprenticeship experience.

Students on the Diploma in Publishing (Applied) are mentored through a range of publications while they study, putting together books and digital publications with industry partners.

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The power of story - Joy Cowley A vase and a vast sea by Jenny Nimon Performing Dramaturgy by Fiona Graham Kopika Aotearoa Official Guide - Bikepacking Cape Egmont to East Cape Southern Stage by Michael James Manaia Unity Books at 50 Whitireia Nursing and Health Journal Explore! Aotearoa by Bronwen Wall
A change of key by Adrienne Jansen All of us by Adrienne Jansen and Carina Gallegos Dawn Raids by Oscar Kightley Mental Health in Primary Care - A resource for New Zealand Health Professionals Monsters of Virtue by L.J Ritchie My Wide White Bed by Trish Harris A book is a book by Jenny Bornholdt Strip by Sue Wootton

Scholarships and Support

The publishing programme is involved in various initiatives that support students to undertake the course and help them continue to develop their skills after graduation.

 

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November 2022: Titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamua | Look back and reflect so you can move forward

August 2022: Fab jobs, fan moments and fantastic grads

May 2022: Book yarns and publishing qualms

November 2021: Parties, publications and pukapuka reviews

August 2021: Oh, the publishing houses you’ll go (to)

May 2021: Meet the new faces of publishing

 

December 2020: Celebrating te ao pukapuka

September 2020: Back in class – Good Books and bad landlords…

June 2020: Studying publishing in the time of Covid-19

November 2019: The style issue – partying in style and some serious stylish books

August 2019: Students in the wild and stories from the wild in NZBC lecture

May 2019: Presidential Q&A, students and a stormtrooper

 

All staff of the publishing programme come directly from industry, where they honed their skills and knowledge. Most are still working for publishers alongside their teaching.

The programme also draws on the expertise of numerous specialist tutors and industry speakers. Many publishing professionals take classes through the year – whether to teach a core part of the curriculum or take a specialist lesson or simply as a visiting speaker.

 

 

Publishing Advisory Committee

The publishing programme operates under the guidance of an advisory committee, made up of representatives from industry, the community and the polytechnic, including a student representative.

The committee ensures that the programme is teaching the skills and knowledge that employers see as useful and relevant to the needs of their businesses.

 

Current members

Alex Collins, Chief Executive, Lift Education

Kirsten McDougall, Author and former Publicity Manager, Te Herenga Waka University Press

Claire Murdoch, Head of Publishing, Penguin Random House New Zealand

Chris Murray, Head of Content Management, LexisNexis NZ Limited

Pania Tahau-Hodges, Publishing Manager, Huia Publishers

Chris Tse, Editor and Communications Advisor, Office of the Auditor-General (and winner of the Best First Book Award for Poetry at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards)

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