masters creative writing 

Masters supervision is available in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, scriptwriting as well as in hybrid and experimental genres. For a list of some potential supervisors, click 'Staff' above or seek more information on the Massey website. Anyone who has a bachelor’s qualification with at least a B average in their second and third year major coursework may apply for entry to the Masters of Creative Writing (MCW).


Applications for study in the MCW are due by 31 October the year prior to study. In addition to calling for the student to select the creative genre in which they wish to write the thesis, the application asks for a creative writing sample of up to 4,000 words. We suggest students select their strongest work in the genre in which they wish to work. For assistance with the application process, please contact the Masters of Creative Writing Coordinator, Dr Thom Conroy.


Structure Part One - Coursework


The MCW consists of two parts. Part I is composed of two online, distance courses that may be taken full-time in a single semester or part-time over two consecutive semesters. The recommended (List A) courses are 139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing, a multi-genre creative writing workshop, and 139.703 Critical and Creative Research, a research methods course which includes creative research.


Structure Part Two - Thesis

The MCW thesis is about 40,000 words in length. Generally, about 60% to 80% of the total word count is devoted to creative work. The remaining 40% to 20% will consist of the critical portion of the thesis. While the approach to the critical portion is flexible, it will generally take the form of a literary or craft essay with elements of exegesis or process reflection. After the thesis is submitted, it is examined by an internal examiner from Massey who is not the supervisor and by an external examiner not employed by Massey.

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