“I’ve always loved writing but never really gave myself the opportunity to explore it further,” Olivia says.
“The programme ... definitely wasn’t the next step in my accounting career. But I decided to go for it, and it has been one of the coolest things I've ever done.”
She enrolled in the New Zealand Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries (Level 5)(external link), a one-year programme that allows students to explore and develop their writing skills as a vocation.
The course covers a range of writing styles, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting, and teaches students ways of making a career out of writing.
“The programme covers so many different types of writing styles but you’re given the opportunity to find what ‘lights you up’ and you can continue to develop that style.”
The programme also offers flexible learning options, including part-time and online study.
“The flexibility of the online and workshops allowed me to still work and I was also able to continue my studies while I was in South Africa for a month.”
Olivia says the tutors, Cliff Fell and Kerry Sunderland, “have a great depth of knowledge and different skill sets and teaching styles”.
The main advantage of studying at NMIT was the hands-on, practical nature of the course, which included opportunities to write for local publications, The Nelson Mail and Wild Tomato magazine.
“There was a huge difference from studying at University. There was still theory, but it felt a lot more practical,” Olivia says.
Having completed the course, Olivia now has plans to develop her craft and share her creativity with the world.
“I’m so pleased I’ve given myself the opportunity to do this programme. My dream is to write a manuscript of poetry, and I’d like to create a blog too, as well as start a few other creative projects I have bubbling away in my mind.”
Learn more about the New Zealand Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries (Level 5) here(external link).