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Better Writing Skills

Welcome to the Better Writing Skills Course at NZ Writers College.

Sign up for our most tailored writing course yet – designed to transform your specific writing errors into excellent writing.

Our team will assess your writing and create a personalised six-module course to fix your unique grammar niggles, style issues and punctuation errors.

You will receive individualised feedback on five 500-word essays, as well as an hour-long grammar exam focusing specifically on your areas of need.

Please note: This course is not designed to be a comprehensive grammar course. It is designed for competent writers who need help with specific aspects of their writing. If you need a comprehensive course for English grammar please have a look at:





“The course worked out like magic. The college has managed to identify critical issues in my writing and designed a specialised course that addressed all of my needs. The areas we have worked on were really helpful, especially when it came to the use of articles and idioms. Rosemary is the perfect person for the job. Her patience and her tutoring exceeded my expectations.”

Moses Morera, Better Writing Skills Course



Course Details:


Students must complete:


Admission Requirements:

  • Cost: $ 649.00
  • Duration: At your own pace within six months.
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round via our website
  • Six assignments comprising five essays and one grammar exam.
  • We will require an example of your writing upfront to confirm your suitability for the course.
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification required.



Tutors for this course:


Rosemary Hep÷zden

Rosemary Hepözden has three decades of editing, writing and teaching experience.
As an editor, she has worked as a freelancer and in-house for book publishers in Canada and New Zealand (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Crabtree Publishing, Hodder Moa Beckett and indirectly for Continuum, Radcliffe Publishing, Taylor & Francis).

She also has 14 years’ experience in magazine publishing, as an editor, sub-editor, proofreader and staff writer for a range of consumer and trade titles.
Between 2006 and 2011, she taught several courses at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Continuing Education, including Working with Words (an introduction to editing and proofreading) and Getting to Grips with Grammar.
Rosemary is also the author of four nonfiction books. Her book, Instant Kiwi, was released by New Holland Publishers in June 2014.

Andrew Salomon has won numerous awards for his short stories, and his debut novel Tokoloshe Song was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award. He has a great deal of experience guiding students with improving their grammar and punctuation, and he loves being part of the tutoring process whereby aspiring writers can begin to develop their fiction writing skills.

Read more about Andrew here.


Course Curriculum

Each student will receive feedback that addresses his/ her specific grammar and punctuation needs. There are around 50 common problem areas for writers. Here are a few examples of problems addressed in this course.
  1. Wordiness: how to cut unnecessary words and phrases.
  2. Use correct sentence structure.
  3. Cut repetition of content.
  4. Create strong logical flow.
  5. Paragraph effectively.
  6. Use commas correctly (or other punctuation, such as apostrophes, hyphens and dashes).
  7. Improve your writing style (ways to increase pace, tension and interest).
  8. Using the correct word, and filling in missing words.
  9. Eliminating common grammar errors.
  10. Effective mix of sentence lengths.
  11. Correct use of articles.
  12. Precise use of language.
  13. Keep verb tenses consistent.
  14. Use point of view correctly and consistently.
  15. Avoid clichés.


How does the course work?

You will receive a writing assignment from your tutor. Once the writing assignment has been completed, and e-mailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete. You would then receive the next assignment and continue until all of your modules are complete.

Conditions of Certification:

Students will receive an NZ Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all of the writing assignments.
  • The course must have been completed within the determined duration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course


Need more advice about the best course for you?

We would love to chat to you if you have any questions about our writing courses.

If you need some advice about the best course or writing field for you, drop us a line or give Koos or Nichola a call at 09 550 4635. We can tell you about going rates in the field, chance of publishing success and general writing career options both in New Zealand and internationally.

  • If you have questions about how we work, we have information in our FAQ section and How We Train section.
  • If you want to pay off your course fee, please read the information here.
  • For information on our refund policy, please read our policies here.
  • To register for the course, please click here:

Work at your own pace with an individual tutor to make real improvements in the way you write.




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Student feedback about Rosemary as a tutor:

“My experience on the course was great! Most of what I learned was very new to me. It was a pleasure to work with my tutor Rosemary. I would not hesitate to take another course with her or to recommend this course to anyone interested. NZ Writers College offer such great self-paced courses, delivered by expert tutors, at affordable prices!” Murad Almahfoudh, Better Writing Skills Course

“I have learned that I have a great deal to learn. Rosemary, my tutor, has an incredible depth of knowledge which she is happy to share. She has a passion for her subject which comes through in her work. I would be happy to do another course and I recommend it to others.” Helen Northey, Copy-Editing & Proofreading Course

“The course was valuable and will help me in my daily work. My tutor Rosemary was awesome, she was exceptional in responding to questions and providing pertinent information. NZ Writers College deserves its excellent reputation.” Teresa Norris, Grammar for Writers

“Rosemary was very encouraging and helpful. I felt privileged to have a tutor of such a high calibre, and one who was highly experienced in the industry. Overall, I found the course excellent and learning through the College was very convenient.” Paula Hendy, Copy-editing and Proofreading Course

"Rosemary is always prompt and fair, easy to understand - an excellent tutor. Excellent clarity and details of explanations and feedback. Excellent applicability of course content to industry." Fiona Corcoran, Copy-editing and Proofreading Course

“Rosemary Hepözden is the best tutor a student can hope for. When starting the course I was expecting a replica of my Grade 1 English teacher, but I was in for a surprise. Rosemary has a wonderful sense of humour. She was patient with my many questions and corrected my English blunders without hiding a ruler behind her back. Thank you Rosemary!” Antoinette Diedericks, Grammar for Writers Course

“Rosemary was a wonderful tutor. I appreciated her boundless patience and encouragement. Through her depth of knowledge and enthusiasm, she made a subject that can be difficult, interesting and fun; that's very hard to do! The Writers’ College was efficient, friendly and supportive.”  Karen de Waal, Grammar for Writers Course

“My tutor, Rosemary, was really prompt with clarifications, explanations and marking the assignments. She was exceptionally kind, encouraging and approachable; I didn’t hesitate, even once, in asking her for explanations. I learnt a lot, especially the minute details of punctuation and grammar.” Jaya Singh, Grammar for Writers Course

“My experience with my tutor Rosemary was excellent! Her feedback was speedy and she provided positive reinforcement along the way. She had an answer to all of my queries.” Carl Gough, Grammar for Writers


Student feedback about Andrew as a tutor:

“I found this course both challenging and exciting, causing me to excel in ways I never would have dreamed. I found Andrew easy to communicate with and very friendly. I was impressed to see my marked assignments returned to me quickly - often the very next day after I had sent them. My experience with the College was wonderful. One thing that particularly impressed me was the way they just took me as I was, considering that I am blind.” Petra Coleman, Mastering Punctuation Course, Auckland

“My experience was enriching as I not only gained greater expertise in various areas of creative writing but also gained belief in my own ability. Andrew was always prompt with his responses. His feedback was helpful and well-informed. I grew so much as a writer through his tutelage. His input and encouragement were invaluable. It was a pivotal experience. It took me from a place of self-doubt to self-belief all the while equipping me with the tools to become an effective writer.” Zachary Zwart, Write a Novel Course

“The course provided me with answers to questions I have had for a very long time. It opened my eyes to the reality of being a writer and, if anything, has made me fall in love with stories even more. I was highly satisfied with Andrew’s guidance, compassion, and understanding that a writer is an individual. He in no way forced me to write in any way that was not genuine to me and my style, which I appreciated. The Writers College helped me to grow in what I love to do rather than change it into something less enjoyable.” Sarah Verna, Write a Novel Course

“I really had to think on my feet, so to speak, and fight through numerous bouts of writer’s block. Andrew was just as helpful, if not more so than the last course we did together. His help was truly invaluable to me. So far, every course I’ve gone through has been an absolute breeze. The tutors are always there to help and the coursework is the clearest I’ve seen since I was in high school.” Gregory Seebregts, Advanced Novel Writing Course

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course; the exercises were challenging and informative and it really gave me the impetus I needed to start my novel. Andrew was a joy to work with - he gave me great feedback and responded to any query I had with intelligence and compassion. An absolutely wonderful experience.” Lindsay Klein, Write a Novel Course

"The course was super well run, affordable and worthwhile. I can't say enough good things about Andrew as a tutor and his style of giving honest feedback. When I lost the plot and stopped writing for a few months, he was a gentle presence that brought me back to writing. I'm hoping to take another course with the Writers College in the future with Andrew as my tutor." David Hansen, Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course


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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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