This course is for those who want to write a novel, short stories, or a memoir / autobiography. We provide a fun and stimulating environment in which you can discover your authentic writing voice. Many graduates of this course have published books, some in London and New York. See ‘Reviews’ above.
The two semester CLASSROOM version of the course starts 20th Sept 2022 and runs 6-9pm on a Tuesday night, until May 2023 with a break for one-on-one mentoring over the summer. (Switches to Zoom in event of a Covid lockdown). It is chaired by John Cranna, Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize. John was voted Best Post-Graduate Teacher by students at AUT University. The course can done ONLINE by ZOOM at any time. It features the same course material, but you are provided one-on-one guidance by an experienced tutor, an internationally published author.
The main feature of the CLASSROOM 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 discussion of this work. Students on both versions of the course keep a reading and writing journal, which helps chart their development.
A number of successful NZ fiction writers and editors hold specialist craft workshops during the course; these include new rising authors such as Ruby Porter and Eileen Merriman, plus established writers Tessa Duder, Fiona Sussman, Stuart Hoar, Judith White and Penguin-Random House fiction publisher Harriet Allan who provides insight into the kind of manuscripts they accept. The main craft issues of dialogue, character, plot and structure, 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 or editor, for one-on-one mentoring. This is the tenth year the course has run, and personal mentors on the course include Elizabeth Smither, Lynn Davidson, Ruby Porter, Rosetta Allan, Stuart Hoar, David Howard, and Jessica Wilson. Several 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 thirty of our graduates have published novels or won prizes in national or international writing awards. See ‘Reviews’ above for details.
Course Start Date: 6-9pm, Tues, 20th Sept, 2022 (or anytime ZOOM ONLINE)
Classroom Course Outline & Calendar: Download the Course Calendar and a full Course Outline and FAQ from this page (above) as a PDF.
Classroom Course location: 23 Princes St, Auckland CBD (on Albert Park)
Course Fee for both classroom and ONLINE: $6,291 incl GST if you have done our Introduction Course or Summer School (10% discount). Fee can be paid in interest free monthly payments over two years.
($6,990 incl GST if you haven’t done Introduction Course).
At mid-2022, our Thirty Week Fiction Course graduate Eileen had published ten novels with Penguin Random House. Eileen’s novel ‘Pieces of You’ was published in 2017. This is the compelling story of a young woman who is uprooted from her home city and whose life begins to disintegrate. ‘Catch Me When You Fall’, was published in 2018, and tells the story of a girl who has leukemia, and her relationship with a boy suffering bi-polar disorder. Her third novel ‘Invisibly Breathing’ was published in 2019. Eileen works as a doctor. She has won prizes in UK and NZ short story awards, including the Sunday Star-Times Award four years in a row.
Ann’s elegiac novel ‘Rich Man Road’ reached No 1 on the Booksellers NZ fiction sales list. The novel is published by Eunoia Books, a publishing house made up of former students of Hub Director John Cranna. Ann says of her novel: ‘My extended family lives in Croatia and I have grown up with the rich stories and legends of the Dalmatian coast. During WWII, my relatives escaped the German occupation, spending time as refugees in the British run camps in El Shatt, Egypt.’ The novel follows the journey of one of these relatives who migrated to New Zealand. Ann’s novel received a glowing review from Rae McGregor on National Radio, which helped catapult it to No 1 position.
Gina’s collection of short stories, ‘Black Ice Matter’ was published by Huia Books. Gina is a graduate of our Thirty Week Fiction Course and is a family lawyer of Fijian and British ancestry. In these stories, a woman is caught between traditional Fijian ways and the brutality of the military dictatorship; a glaciology researcher falls into a crevasse and confronts the unexpected; two women lose children in freak shooting accidents. Gina has won prizes in several national writing awards and has been published in several Pacifica and other literary journals.
Greg Hall’s novel was profiled on Radio NZ and Television New Zealand to coincide with Anzac Day. It is a harrowing but uplifting story of three young men whose lives are overtaken by the First World War. It culminates at the battle of Passchendaele in which more than 800 young New Zealanders lost their lives. Greg is a Director of the Passchendaele Society, and a former senior banking executive.
Heidi’s book of poetry ‘Possibility of Flight’ has been described as ‘a thoughtful and intimate collection that ends unexpectedly with fireworks’. She won the Shanghai Writers Scholarship and the Asia Foundation short story competition. She was also awarded the Hachette / NZ Society of Authors Trans-Tasman mentorship, to work with a senior editor at Hachette Australia on the manuscript of her latest book. Her work has appeared in New Zealand and international journals. Heidi lives in Auckland, and when not being kept busy with her three-year-old, squirrels away time to write.
Fiona’s latest novel, ‘The Doctor’s Wife’, was published in 2022. She won the Dame Ngaio Marsh award for the best crime novel of 2017, and the Sunday Star Times short story award in 2018, when John Cranna’s graduates took 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in NZ’s best-known short story award. Her first novel ‘Shifting Colours’ based on her experience of apartheid in South Africa, is published by Penguin in New York, and Alison and Busby in London. Her second novel, ‘The Last Time We Spoke’ plumbs the dark reaches of urban NZ. Fiona has worked as a general practitioner and graduated from the fore-runner to our Thirty Week Fiction course, taught by Hub director John Cranna. www.fionasussman.co.nz
“Rosetta Allan’s debut novel ‘Purgatory’ (Penguin) is one of those books that draws you into its exquisitely crafted, atmospheric and entirely believable world within the first couple of pages. The time is 1865, the place is Otahuhu, New Zealand – back then just a small outpost designed to create a boundary between the slowly expanding settler’s Auckland, and the edge of the Waikato, still protected by King Country Maori.” NZ Booklovers. Rosetta’s second novel, ‘Unreliable People’ was published by Penguin Random House in 2019.