How and when to apply

2022 information for domestic undergraduate students applying for Creative Writing courses at Victoria University of Wellington.

Application deadlines

  • 1 December 2021 for workshops taught in the Trimester One (March–June) of the following year. You will be notified of the outcome before the Christmas break.
  • 20 June 2022 for workshops taught in the Trimester Two (July–October). You will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.
  • 31 October for workshops taught in the Trimester Three—summer trimester (November–January but note that the IIML's summer courses run in January and February only). You will be notified of the outcome by mid-November.

Before you apply

Read more about available CREW courses, our course format, and eligibility on our undergraduate study page. You can also visit our Common questions page.

Please note: an undergraduate Creative Writing (CREW) course is not like a series of lectures available on Blackboard. It involves 12 three-hour workshops where you will read, discuss and critique your own and other's work, and hear from guest writers. Each participant's input is valuable, and the more you put into workshops the more you will get out.

If you are offered a place and accept it, you are committing to attend all twelve workshops, as well as to independent writing time outside the workshop. If there are issues that would make it difficult or impossible for you to attend in person, please contact us as early as you can to discuss this.

Undergraduate applications

All applications for our limited entry Creative Writing (CREW) courses go through a selection process. Applicants are notified of the outcome by the dates listed under application deadlines above.

Submission requirements

To apply you need to submit:

A 5–10 page writing sample (1½ or double spaced).

This may be one piece, a range of pieces, or an extract from a longer work but it must be in the genre of the course you are applying for. All writing submitted must be your own original work. Any inclusions from other sources (eg. collage or found work) need to be attributed. Include your name on each page.

A cover letter or statement in support of your application.

Keep this brief and relevant. It should outline any previous writing experience, why you are interested in this course, and what you hope to do with your writing in the future. If necessary, it could also provide context for the writing sample you have submitted.


Domestic students should enrol online and upload your writing sample and support statement for each course by the relevant application deadline.

CREW courses and application deadlines are listed in the online enrolment system under 'Limited Entry Programmes and Courses'.

If you have difficulty enrolling online, contact the IIML and we can send you a step-by-step guide for CREW applicants. If you continue to have difficulties, contact the Enrolments Office.

International students should contact Wellington University International. You can also read our general advice for international applicants.

Current students

If you are already enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Victoria University of Wellington and would like to apply for a CREW course:

Submit your writing sample and support statement directly to us by the relevant application deadline.

You can do this by email or post, or in person. Ensure you specify the CREW course you are applying for, and include your student ID number and a contact email address.

Adding a course to your programme of study

If we advise that your application is successful, you will also need to contact the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, or your Faculty to add the relevant CREW course to your programme of study.

You can do this by email or by visiting your Student Success team. If you are emailing, include your name, student ID number and the code and title of the course you wish to add (eg. CREW 254 Short fiction).

You cannot add limited entry courses via the online Add/Drop function in Student Records.

If you have any other questions about the application process, contact us.

Applying independently

If you are not currently enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington and would like to apply for one or more CREW courses to support your own development as a writer (not as part of an undergraduate degree), you can either select 'UG Cert of Proficiency' or the relevant undergraduate degree from the options under Programme at Question 2 of your online application.