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Training Courses for  Writers

Journalism (Freelance)  Creative Writing  Technical Writing  Editing  Journalism PR /Corporate Communications

Journalism - Freelance

Freelance Journalism (Correspondence Course)
All aspects of journalism covered including: writing articles, features, interview skills, research, editing text, dealing with newspaper and magazine editors, writing non-fiction books, freelance selling your work, worldwide. Getting a writing job. Heaps more. Registered with NZQA. Free info pack from Email:  

Freelance Travel Writing & Photography (Correspondence Course)
All aspects of travel journalism and simple photography covered including: writing travel articles, features, interview skills, research, editing text, dealing with newspaper and travel magazine editors, writing non-fiction travel books, freelance selling your work, worldwide. Getting a writing job. Heaps more. Registered with NZQA. Email:  

Sports Journalism, Freelance (Correspondence Course)
All the sports reporter skills taught by correspondence: interviewing players, coaches, research, writing game/match reports, editing, PR, how-to books. Hobby or career. . Contact Details:  NZIBS New Zealand Institute of Business Studies POBox 51811, Auckland. Email:  Telephone 0800-801994.

Breaking Into Major Magazines (Correspondence Course)
An advanced, self-paced, distance-learning course that teaches the skills you need to get published in top magazines.  Course includes feedback on eight course assignments from 20+ year veteran freelancer Marcia Yudkin of the U.S. Contact Details:


Creative Writing

Professional Creative Writing  - Short Stories, Novels, Poetry, Scripts (Correspondence Course)
 All aspects of creative writing covered including developing characters, plots, story ideas, dealing with editors and publishers. Writing fiction books, family history, selling your work, worldwide. Getting a writing job. Heaps more. Registered with NZQA.  Free info pack from Email:   

Professional Children's Writer - Writing Stories For Children (Correspondence Course)
 Understanding the different styles of stories required for different ages. Understanding the need for pace, plot and believable characters in children's stories. Dealing with book editors and publishers. Research skills, editing your text. Illustrated picture books. Building education value into a story. Selling your work, worldwide. Getting a job as a writer. Heaps more. Registered with NZQA. Free info pack from Email:  

The Writing School, Wellington (Correspondence Course)
The Writing School is a correspondence school specialising in all forms of creative writing. Comprehensive Creative Writing Course: Poetry Writing Course:
Romantic Fiction: TV and Scripting: Children's Writing: Novel Writing: 
Article Writing: Short Story Writing. 3rd Floor, Hope Gibbons Building, Cnr Taranaki and Courtenay Place, Wellington PH: 04 385 0623 Fax: 04 385 0622 (Correspondence Course)
Online creative writing school based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We teach small groups of students in an online environment. You receive weekly notes, writing assignments, comments from your tutor and other students on your courses. You can log on whenever you want and from anywhere. View our website at 

Technical Writing

Technical Writing for Business Systems and User Documents [Hamilton or On-site]
Knowledge and application of technical writing elements for industry purposes such as quality assurance and procedures.  Core subjects include document use requirements, document format, writing style, and format mechanics.  Subjects also include use of diagrams, introductory documents, procedure documents and technical writing format checks.  FREE process analysis techniques and generic training administration guide. Email for English language info pack  

Graduate Diploma of Information Design  [Correspondence, Online]
"The Graduate Diploma of Information Design empowers its students and graduates to improve their technical communication and information design skills in the pursuit of their career goals.  Web:

(See also the discussion "NZ Writing Courses - Editing, Proofreading and Technical Writing")

PR / Corporate Communications Writing



Writing content for web and intranet. [QWICKIT: an online, self-study, self-paced course.]
How to make online text findable, skim-readable, usable, accessible, credible and profitable. We teach only the essential skills, the ones that can double the usability of your web site. Course developer: Rachel McAlpine. Email:


For more information on NZ Editing Courses:  "NZ Writing Courses - Editing, Proofreading and Technical Writing"


Diplomas in Professional Writing - Whitireia Community Polytechnic [Porirua, Wellington] A total package including creative writing, editing, corporate writing, copy writing, script/screen writing.

Whitireia Community Polytechnic has limited places in its extended 2001 writing programme. This three-stage programme combines the passion and originality of writing, excellence in the craft, and the practical business knowledge needed for free-lance writing.  Choose from the Diploma of Professional Writing, Advanced Diploma in Professional Writing or Advanced Diploma in Applied Arts (Writing).  Check out our website for more details. The Writing Programme Coordinator, Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Private Bag 50910, PORIRUA CITY,  NZ, Ph: 04 237 3104,

National Certificate in Journalism (introductory) at Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua (On-Site - Rotorua,New Zealand)
This is a new course, developed by the NZ Journalism Training Organisation, to "staircase" students into journalism, who need to do some intensive work on their basic written skills. It is 18 weeks long and is designed to lead into a diploma course. Subject covered include: writing, presenting news, interviewing, news knowledge, ethics, sub editing, the Treaty of Waitangi, and preparing stories for print and radio.  Contact Details: Patti Williams phone 64 (0) 7 3468828.