Course Structure

Two groups of ten writers form close supportive units, each working with a tutor. Writers work with prose and poetry. They critique each others’ work. They are exposed to other writers and the writing world, listen to guest speakers, and are introduced to a range of good writing by their tutor. They complete writing exercises in class. They are encouraged to write regularly and produce their work for comment. Each group contains writers working in a mixture of genres.

Each writer has a supervisor as well as the class tutor. The writer and supervisor meet regularly by negotiation for critiquing, support and suggestions.


At the conclusion of the course, folios will be appraised by tutors for the Hagley Writers’ Institute Certifi cate and endorsed at either ‘attainment’ or at distinction’ level. Students may also elect to have their work assessed for the Level 4 English writing standard on the National Qualifications Framework. A single award will also be made to acknowledge writing excellence.


Classes are designed to fit in with writers’ busy schedules and are held on Saturday mornings from 9.30-12.30 for 20 weeks spread throughout the first three terms – 7 weeks in Terms 1 and 2, and 6 weeks in Term 3. Students then work independently on their portfolios which are handed in for assessment in mid – October.

Fees and Enrolment

The full fee of $1,200.00 is payable on acceptance of enrolment. Entry to the course is competitive. Successful students are expected to make a serious commitment to their writing.

Applications for the course close in late October. Those shortlisted are interviewed and all applicants are informed of the outcome  by late November/early December.

Application forms are available on the Hagley College site

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