The MCW is designed to support, inform, and develop your creative practice within a lively, committed and diverse community of other writers. The course is convened by the award-winning novelist and short story writer, Paula Morris. Acclaimed poet Selina Tusitala Marsh co-supervises poets on the course.
The programme begins in March each year, and classes end in late October. In early November you submit a manuscript for assessment: a novel, short story collection, full-length work of creative non-fiction, or poetry collection.
There are two weekly classes during semester: the workshop and the seminar.
In the weekly workshop (Wednesdays 11am-1:30pm in 2017), you will submit drafts of stories, poems and novel sections for discussion and feedback, and take part in weekly writing exercises.
The weekly seminar (Thursdays 11am-1:30pm in 2017), is a forum for thinking and talking about writing. In these classes we discuss published work and explore the key issues of technique you need to consider in your work — including point of view, form, narrative structure, characterisation, setting, use of language, dialogue, and detail — in focused craft discussions. The seminar class will also include discussions of editing, publishing, international submissions and adaptation.
The seminar class hosts a range of visitors, including local and international writers; practitioners from the world of film, radio and theatre; and speakers from the publishing and literary arts world. Recent visiting writers have included Michel Faber, Elizabeth McCracken, Louise Welch, Zoe Strachan, Ben Okri, Stephanie Johnson, Eleanor Catton, Owen Scott, David Mitchell, Colm Toibin, Sebastian Barry and Anita Desai.
MCW students serve as volunteers and MCs at the Auckland Writers Festival and the National Writers Forum, and engage in project work for the New Zealand Book Council, the Academy of New Zealand Literature and other cultural-sector organisations. They also present their work-in-progress at LOUNGE, a series of public readings at Old Government House.
Graduates include Linda Olsson, Emily Perkins, John Adams, Sonja Yelich and Renee Liang. MCW graduates have published books with a range of publishers including Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury, Auckland University Press, Huia, and USP Press.
Find out what current students and recent graduates think of the course.