Massey University

About Us

Massey University has the most flexible and extensive creative writing programmes in Aotearoa / New Zealand. You can study creative writing as a major or minor from first year through to PhD, by distance from anywhere in the country or internally at one of our three campuses. Use this online brochure to navigate our offerings or contact us today for more information.


Bonnie Etherington, Novelist, Doctoral student

The MCW gave me the time, space, and support for completing over half of what later became my first novel, The Earth Cries Out. It also helped me develop a writing routine, make connections with publishers and other writers, become comfortable with giving and receiving critical feedback, and learning to read as a writer. The people at the School of English & Media Studies are all incredibly generous and supportive, and they helped me build the courage and skills necessary to continue my studies overseas in the USA.

Jillian Sullivan, poet, memoirist, 

I loved my time at Massey with the chance to work with such knowledgeable and generous lecturers, especially Bryan Walpert and Thom Conroy. My whole degree was done extramurally - with five children, studying extramurally was my only chance at a university education.


Sarah Jane Barnett,

Poet, Editor

After I finished my PhD at Massey I went on to publish my second collection of poetry, and much of it came out of my doctoral thesis. I dedicated that book to my doctoral supervisors, because without them, and their supportive and challenging supervision, I wouldn’t have been able to write that book. I always recommend studying at Massey because of the dedication and generosity of the staff, and the depth of knowledge they have. They helped me become a better writer and thinker.




Manawatū campus

Phone: 64 6 356 9099 x 84494

Auckland campus

Phone: 64 9 414 0800 x 84421

Wellington campus

Phone: 64 4 801 5799 x 84421

School of English and Media Studies  

Massey University Private Bag 11222 Palmerston North 4442

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