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Thirty Week Fiction - Memoir Writing Course

Thirty Week Fiction - Memoir Writing Course

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  • Tue 27 Sep ’16, 6:00pm – 9:00pm


Grand Mercure Auckland, 8 Customs Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • 1609FWC: $5,602.00


The Creative Hub

This course is intended for those who want to write a novel, short stories, or a memoir or autobiography.

We provide a fun and stimulating environment in which you can discover your authentic writing voice.

This 30-week, a two-semester course starts in Sept 2016 and runs until May 2017 with a break for one on one mentoring over the summer. It is chaired by John Cranna, Creative Hub founder, who was voted Best Post-Graduate Teacher by students at AUT University.

John Cranna is also the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, and the NZ Book Award for Fiction. The main feature of the course is a weekly three-hour group meeting, in which student work is discussed and critiqued in an informal but supportive environment. Craft and technical issues arise organically from the discussion of this work. Students keep a reading and writing journal, which helps chart their development during the year.

A number of successful NZ fiction writers and editors hold specialist craft workshops during the course; these include new rising internationally published authors Bob Glancy and Fiona Sussman, plus established writers Roger Hall, Tessa Duder, Owen Marshall, Judith White and former Penguin publisher Geoff Walker who runs a workshop of niche E or self-publishing. The main craft issues of dialogue, character, plot and structure, a point of view, description, voice, and theme will all be addressed during group sessions.

In addition, each student will be matched to an established NZ fiction - memoir writer, for one on one mentoring. This is the sixth year the course has run, and personal mentors on the Fiction Course include Sue McCauley, Owen Marshall, Elizabeth Smither, Lynn Davidson, Fiona Sussman and Tessa Duder. Four of our teachers have won the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement.

At the end of the course, the student will be provided with an analysis, in the form of a publisher's readers report, on the strengths and weaknesses of her / his manuscript. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of the Higher Certificate in Writing from the Creative Hub.

In the last three years, twenty of our graduates have published novels or won prizes in national or international writing awards. See here for more details.

Graduates of the Introduction to Creative Writing Course, or Summer Fiction School, receive a 10% discount on this course's fees.

Students can pay the course fee by interest-free monthly payments, spread over two years. If you are interested in taking up this option, please contact The Creative Hub for more information.

In the online version of this course, students are guided through the modules of the course by their own personal facilitator, who will provide feedback and assistance via email and Skype or phone.

Venue: First Floor Boardroom

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