Masterclasses Term 3 2021 

Masterclasses gather together keen young writers from across the region and connect them with expert mentors. 

Six amazing opportunities to choose from this term




The Verse Novella

Weave together story and poetry to create a sequence of poems/ tiny narratives that tell a bigger story.  Learn how to craft characters and story using poetic techniques.

Tutor: Desna Wallace

Venue: Tūranga

Date:  Friday 6th August 

Times: 9:15-2:45

For: Young Writers in years 7-13

Cost: $25.00



Lyric writing 

Lisa Tui will guide you through a musical experience as you write words for the ears- exploring form, structure and rhythm. You don't need to be a music student although techniques will help young people prepare for their NCEA song-writing credits.


Tutor: Lisa Tui


Venue: Christchurch School of Music Rooms, Ferry Road

Date:  Friday 20th August 

Times: 9:15-2:45

For: Young Writers in years 7-13

Cost: $25.00

 Poetry takes you places

​Celebrate National Poetry Day with a very special day of poetry and surprises.

Discover poetry and poets in special locations around Christchurch. In each spot, a wonderful poet will share a poem, offer a prompt and words of wisdom. In the afternoon, award-winning poet and sought-after poetry editor, Gail Ingram, will guide you as you turn your scribblings into polished pieces. 


This event is organised by Write On School for Young Writers and supported by Creative Communities Christchurch.  Thank you to Word Festival and Phantom National Poetry Day for their additional support in bringing our guest poets.


Tutor: Gail Ingram with special guest poets


Venue:  Tūranga - with a walking tour of city spots

Date:  Friday August 27th

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 9-13

Cost: $25.00 


Stories that whizz


Stories need action. Learn some great story techniques such as pacing, tension and reveal, as you write stories jam-packed with adventure... and wheels!


Tutor: Melanie Dixon


Venue: Rangiora Town Hall

Date:  Friday September 3

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 7-10

Cost: $25.00





Keep it real

Write about your experiences and insights to entertain, enlighten and inspire readers. 

Learn how to structure your memories as a narrative, how to use language for maximum impact, and how to find ways to connect your story with your readers. 

Note: Polished pieces may be submitted to Write On Issue 57: Keep It Real or entered in the memoir competition.

Opportunity 1. Tutor: Heather McQuillan


Venue: Tūranga

Date:  Friday 10th September

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 7-10

Cost: $25.00


Opportunity 2. Tutor: Heather McQuillan


Venue: Kaiapoi Library

Date:  Friday 24th September

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 7-10

Cost: $25.00

Your Tutors


Desna Wallace is a librarian, blogger, book reviewer and writer. She is fascinated by verse novels as a way to explore story through poetry. Read Desna's article about verse novels on The Sapling.


As well as being an award- winning poet, Gail Ingram is also a sought-after poetry tutor, editor and judge. In 2019, Gail won the Caselberg International Poetry Prize and released her first collection, Contents Under Pressure.

Lisa Tui is a singer- songwriter and a music teacher. Lisa’s workshops with Write On are renowned for being inspirational and tremendous fun

Melanie Dixon is an award-winning short story writer, novelist, poet and photographer, with work published and anthologised internationally. 



Heather McQuillan writes novels for young readers as well as flash fiction.  She is the recipient of three Storylines Notable Books Awards, winner of numerous flash fiction awards and still struggles with poems that want to be stories! Heather loves working with young writers and is the director of Write On. 


Schools: limited to 5 places per school


Please bring pens/ paper and a device if available.

Free WIFI on site 

Bring lunch/ snacks/ water bottle 

All of our masterclasses are fully supervised, with Health and Safety information provided.

We are grateful to Creative Communities Christchurch, Creative Communities Waimakariri, Christchurch Libraries and Waimakariri Libraries for their support. Thank you to Word Christchurch for their support for Poetry takes you places.

Places are strictly limited.