FAQ

We answer the following questions:

   

What's special about NZ Writers' College writing courses?

 
Create a finished product.
Our online writing courses have been specially designed so that you can walk away with a finished product that you can potentially sell or publish after completing your course.

On our Magazine Journalism Course, the value of your final article is between NZ Writers' College$ 300 and $ 600 depending on your word count and target magazine. On the Short Story Course, the value of each of the nine stories you write is between $ 300 and $ 500 depending on where you sell the story. Read about our published student successes here.


One-on-one training by an award-winning writer.
We work on a one-on-one basis with you, providing hours of personal feedback from a well known, professional writer who is dedicated to build on your unique writing strengths and iron out your particular grammar and style gremlins. What's more, you will be working with award-winning writers who have, in many cases, received international acclaim. Read testimonials from our past students here.

 

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Writing-focused.
We believe 'practice makes perfect' and that the only way to learn how to write is to write.

We don't offer writing classes with general feedback, or, even less effective, feedback from your classmates. What we do is provide the old-fashioned writing apprenticeship: working under a master in the field and crafting your writing skills line by line.

Many of our tutors run MA programmes in Creative Writing, Journalism or Copywriting at various universities around the world. At our college you can train under superb tutors for a fraction of the cost of a university degree.
 

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So our primary focus is on writing, with feedback every line of the way. (You will have a 200-page manual of specialised course notes at hand though!) Read 10 benefits of studying at NZ Writers' College here.

 

How does an online writing course work?

An online course works in the same way as a correspondence course, except that writing assignments are e-mailed, rather than sent via the post. You can expect fast responses and easy access to valuable input from your tutor. You can also work at your own pace within the course duration.

In every module, you are required to complete several writing exercises. These get e-mailed to your lecturer, who will mark them and send you written feedback. Read more about how we train here.

 

How can an online writing course teach me to write?

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Writers all over the world use e-mail to communicate with their editors and publishers. We replicate this process, except you will be getting expert guidance and feedback from your tutor every step of the way.

In all our writing courses you will learn:
  •  the essentials needed to write well in your chosen writing field.         
  •   how to sell your work.
For example, in our journalism courses, you'll practice coming up with an idea for an article, writing a query letter, conducting your research and interviews, and writing up the piece. If your tutor considers your piece to be marketable, you will get the support you need to sell it.

You'll also get the insider information on the local writing industry, and how to manage your business professionally. Other issues, like copyright, tax, invoicing, contracts and plagiarism are also covered. Read more: Why Study Writing?

 

How do I know which writing course to choose?

We have a huge amount of experience in establishing your needs as a writer and finding the most suitable course for you.

We would love to chat to you about the best option for you. Contact us, or phone Koos or Nichola on 09 550 4635. 

 

When can I register for a writing course?

At any time. Because our writing classes are offered via e-mail correspondence and we only work on a one-on-one basis with our students, we receive applications all year round. Click here to enrol for one of our courses.


How do I register for a writing course at NZ Writers' College?

Complete the application form provided on our home page by clicking on the top menu button called "enrol", or click on any register button link on our site. We will get back to you with an e-mailed welcome letter and invoice within 24 hours.

 

How do I pay the fees?

You can pay via PayPal, Credit card, electronic transfer or a cash deposit at your bank. All payment details are provided on the invoice. Click here for more details.

 

Do you offer a payment plan for your writing classes? 

Yes. For our short writing courses (six to 12 months) you can pay off the course fee in two payments of 50% each over two months. We accept three payments for our 24-month courses (50%, 25%, 25%) paid over three months. In some cases, we will negotiate a different payment plan depending on your circumstances.

 

What if I start and then want to change courses?

During the application process we get a good idea of your suitability for the chosen course. If we feel there is an alternative course that will serve you better we will always recommend you consider that course before we approve your choice. If you want advice before you apply just ask us; we can help establish your needs as a writer and finding the best course fit for you.

If you do embark on a course and you find that it was the wrong choice, then we will happily transfer you to another course as long as it is early in your course (i.e. within the first module). If you change your mind later on in the course, we will charge you pro rata for the modules you have completed and a small administrative fee. 


What is your refund policy?

If within 7 days of starting your writing course you are not happy on your course, we can either transfer you to a different course or provide a full refund, minus a 5% administration fee. If you request a refund after seven days and before 30 days we will charge a 5% administrative fee, as well as any bank fees and tutor fees already incurred. We do not offer a refund after 30 days on the course.

 

What skills do I need to apply?

Writing is one field where you don't need a degree or a diploma to get published, work successfully, or establish a name for yourself as an author.
To train with us, you will need to be proficient in basic writing skills, as our courses are focused on teaching you to write well, and we assume the fundamentals (e.g. sound grammar and punctuation) are already in place. We do assess your writing in your application form to check on this.

Other than that, our only other prerequisite is reliable Internet access.

 

Can anyone do your writing courses?

Yes. Regardless of your age, academic background or place of residence, you can register for our courses.

NZ Writers' College offers online writing classes all over New Zealand and Australia. We have students on our writing courses from Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Whangarei, Rotorua, Hastings, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, as well as Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne, Australia. We even have students from the Pacific Islands!

 
What is the best writing course for you? Click here to contact us for advice.

The content of our courses are internationally applicable. Our journalism courses (Magazine Journalism and Travel Writing) use well known publications from around the globe, including GQ, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Seventeen, O, The Oprah Magazine, Men's Health, Marie Claire, Shape and National Geographic.
Most of our 'Write a Novel' and 'Write a Non-fiction Book' Course tutors have had dealings with international publishers, and will be able to guide you in choosing the right publisher(s) for you.

 

Can I sell my work that I've written?

Yes, we encourage you to sell your work, whether it be a short story, feature article, novel or screenplay. We will teach you how to go about doing this. We have had many students who have sold their work, if not during their course, then shortly after. Click here to see some of our student success stories.

Any book or script you produce out of your course can be sent to a publisher, and you can earn royalties on its sale.

 

Will I get a certificate?

Yes. We issue you with an NZ Writers' College certificate if you meet all the requirements for your course. See each course page for the requirements for certification.

 

Will my work be private?

Yes. Your writing assignments will only be seen by your tutor, and occasionally, by an external moderator. With your permission, selected excerpts of your writing may be published in the student showcase.

Any intellectual property generated during and after a course with NZ Writers’ College remains the sole property of the student. This is regardless of the number of tutor suggestions and edits incorporated into the manuscript during the course.

NZWC and its tutors have no claim to any material generated by a student while doing a course.

In the event that a student publishes work we would appreciate an acknowledgement where appropriate.
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What time commitments are there?

We estimate that the minimum time commitment for our short courses is approximately 30 hours in total (1 hour per week), including reading of course material, research, interviewing and writing. Our 'write a book' courses demand 100 hours over the span of one to two years.

 

How much time do I get for assignments?

You have twelve months in which to complete your short course. Our 'write a book' courses must be completed within 24 months. You can work at your own pace during this time, but students will only receive a certificate if they complete their course within this deadline.

Most of our short courses can be finished within six months, and we encourage you to complete one module per week.

 

What if I miss this deadline?

The first thing to do is to communicate to your tutor that you are having problems meeting the deadline, and to renegotiate a deadline. If you need to apply for a formal extension, the procedure is outlined here.

 

MORE: If you want to improve your business writing skills click here

 

How can I connect with other students doing the course?

You can join our Facebook Page, or you can post comments on our webzine.

 

Do I need special hardware/software?

No. You would need to have easy access to e-mail, as well as Internet facilities to post online comments and peruse the library. You will need a current Internet browser, version 5.5 or higher of Internet Explorer (version 5.0 for Mac users) or version 4.7 or higher of Netscape Navigator.

 

Where can I get a job afterwards?

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You can either work as a freelancer in your chosen field of writing, including scriptwriting, short story writing, travel writing, magazine journalism or feature writing. You can submit articles to any magazines, trade magazines, literary and other supplements of daily and weekly newspapers. There are also writing opportunities in business, writing advertorials and in-house newsletters for large corporations.

If you want to try your hand at editing, proofreading or even a career as a staff writer for a publication, you can apply for an internship at any of the big publishing houses. Each course will provide tips and tools for how you can make money from your writing.

 

What if I just want to do a course to improve my writing?

Your writing skills will definitely improve on all our courses, and you're likely to find the assignments stimulating and creative. Skills that are taught include:
  • Creating ‘scenes' to show, rather than just ‘telling' the reader.
  • Developing logical flow using transitions, and constancy of tenses and point of view.
  • Create lively anecdotes, with plot, character and climax.
  • Apt usage of quotations.
  • Varying sentence and paragraph lengths.
  • Active, pithy sentence structures.
  • Evoking an emotional response with your writing.
If you want a course that is specifically geared to improving your all-round writing skills, we recommend 'The Writing Coach Course', as well as our Basics of Creative Writing Course.

 

What if I have a finished story, and I want to know if it is good enough to publish, but without doing a whole course first?

Our tutors offer affordable critiques and expert advice for each genre of writing. You can submit the following:
  • Magazine Articles
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Radio and TV Documentary Scripts
  • Short Stories
  • Scripts for TV, Radio Serials or Stage Drama
  • Children's Books for 7- to 9-year-olds
  • Children's Books for 10- to 12-year-olds
  • Books for Teens
  • Novels
  • Newsletter Articles and Newsletter Formatting
  • Business Reports and Proposals
We can tell you if your work is publishable, how to make it publishable and optimise your chances of landing it on a publisher's desk. If advice on where to send your manuscript is what you're after, we know the answer.
 

Find the best online writing classes for you at NZ Writers' College
Koos- Koos can help you with any queries you may have. Please call us on 09 550 4635 or contact Koos. Nichola  Contact Nichola.
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About Us

NZ Writers College is a leading online writing school in New Zealand.

We offer specialised, online writing courses tutored by award-winning writers. Get the writing tools you need, expert insider advice and hours and hours of writing practice. Work one-to-one with a professional writer and realise your writing dreams.

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NZ Writers College offers online writing classes all over New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. We have students from Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Whangarei, Rotorua, Hastings, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, as well as Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne, Australia.

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Nichola Meyer or Koos Turenhout
Email: admin@nzwriterscollege.co.nz


Phone:      +64 9 550 4635

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