Welcome to the 4th Floor 


The 4th Floor Literary Journal is a selection of work written each year by students and tutors on the creative writing programme at Whitireia New Zealand. Our submissions guidelines tell you how and when you can submit work to the journal.
The 4th Floor takes its name from the time when the journal began. The writing programme was situated on the fourth floor of the Whitireia Wellington city campus. Though the programme has since shifted, the name 4th Floor has stuck.

The Whitireia Creative Writing Programme

The Whitireia Creative Writing Programme was established in 1993. Students can complete a one or two year diploma, or graduate with a degree specialising in long or short form fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry or scriptwriting. There are also seven online courses including writing for children.
The Whitireia Creative Writing Programme emphasises originality and excellence in the craft of writing, and provides the practical business knowledge needed for being a writer. We are very proud of our graduates who take part in almost every aspect of New Zealand writing life: as organisers of writing events and writers’ groups, in the New Zealand Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme, as scriptwriters for screen and stage, and as editors, journalists and writers for magazines and other publications.
More than 220 books have come from graduates of the programme and their work also appears in established and emerging literary magazines. Some of the successful authors to emerge from this programme include:



We are indebted to the team from the Whitireia Publishing Programme who undertake this project every year. In 2016 that was Grace Thomas, Anoushka Mackey, Estelle Best, Rebecca Gibb, Stacey Kendall and Jasmine Gabrielle-Hinchey with support from tutors Mitch Marks and Odessa Owens. We would also like to acknowledge the tutors on the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme:

Donna Banicevich-Gera
Mary-Jane Duffy
Mandy Hager
Johanna Knox
Lynn Davidson

Adrienne Jansen
Vanessa Simons
Anna Taylor
Samiha Radcliffe


We would also like to thank all the New Zealand writers and editors who contribute to the success of our student writers:

Fleur Beale
Norman Bilbrough
James Brown
Gigi Fenster
Chris Else
Barbara Else
Catherine Fitzgerald
Catherine Robertson
Greg Bruce
Jane Blaikie
Bridget Williams

Pip Adam
Tina Makereti
Lawrence Patchett
Ashleigh Young
Kate Duignan
Phillip Mann
Phillipa Werry
Paddy Richardson
John Huria
Stefanie Lash
Barbara Murison
Tim Jones
Eirlys Hunter
Anna Rogers
Elizabeth Smither
Rosabel Tan
Anna Smaill


If you are interested in finding out more about the creative writing study options provided at Whitireia New Zealand, please visit the website or contact us.


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