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Write On Masterclasses

Term 1 2024 

Join us for a fabulous day of writing and creating. 

Unless indicated otherwise our masterclasses are open to young writers in Year 7-13

1. Virtual Antarctica + Real WritingYear 7-13

We are delighted to partner with the Antarctic Heritage Trust. In this masterclass, you will learn about Antarctica, explore Sir Edmund Hillary's hut through virtual reality and use your new knowledge and vocabulary to write about it all. In 2023 we published a double spread of amazing Antarctica writing in Write On magazine as a result of this workshop. Will it happen again? That's up to you!

Tutors: Philomena Johnson with the Antarctic Heritage Trust team

Venue: Te Ara Ātea, Rolleston

Date:  Friday, March 8th

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $30

 

Supported by Selwyn Libraries, Selwyn Creative Communities and Antarctic Heritage Trust

 

 

2. Flash Fiction: fast and furious *Year 10-13

We will explore one of the shortest forms of fiction writing in this fast and furious workshop.  Don't worry, it will calm down to let you cut, edit and polish a piece of fabulous flash fiction that can be entered in the National Flash Fiction Day Youth Competition. * Please note that this class is geared towards senior secondary school students.

Tutor: Heather McQuillan

Venue: Spark Place, Tūranga, Christchurch

Date:  Friday, March 15

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $30

Supported by Christchurch Libraries and Christchurch Creative Communities 

 

 

 

3. Poets Make History Year 7-13

Join us in historical Kaiapoi as we explore our own histories and uncover mysteries of the past. The poems that result from this workshop will be published online on the Waimakariri Heritage website, a Waimakariri Libraries Project. 

 

Tutor: Gail Ingram

Venue: Kaiapoi Library 

Date:  Friday, March 22

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $30

Supported by Waimakariri Libraries and Waimakariri Creative Communities

 

4. Speechwriting 4 The Planet Year 7-13

Learn the steps to a successful speech as you prepare for the Speaking 4 The Planet competition ( entries close May 22)  Participants will be supported to prepare a speech for this competition and finalists will also be supported with a  free performance workshop in early June

Tutor: Karen Healey

Venue: Spark Place, Tūranga, Christchurch

Date:  Friday, April 5

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: FREE 

Supported by Christchurch Libraries and Christchurch Creative Communities and Speaking 4 the Planet

5. Spoken Word Poetry 4 the Planet Year 7-13

Learn the steps to developing a spoken word poem as you prepare for the Speaking 4 The Planet competition ( entries close May 22)  Participants will be supported to prepare a poem for this competition and finalists will also be supported with a  free performance workshop in early June. 

 

Tutor: Claudia Jardine

Venue: Spark Place, Tūranga, Christchurch

Date:  Friday, April 12

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: FREE 

Supported by Christchurch Libraries and Christchurch Creative Communities and Speaking 4 the Planet

 

Your Tutors

Philomena Johnson is a graduate of Hagley Writers’ Institute. She is a writer of poetry and is currently working on a verse novel for younger readers.

Heather McQuillan is an award-winning writer of novels for young people, short stories and flash fiction. She has three Storylines Notable Books and a new book coming out in March 2024. Her collection of flash fiction, Where Oceans Meet, was published in the UK in 2019. Her work has been selected three times for the international Best Small Fictions anthology.

Gail Ingram writes award-winning poetry and is a much sought-after poetry editor. She edits a fine line for the NZ Poetry Society. 

 

Karen Healey is a novelist who specialises in YA fiction. Her debut novel, Guardians of the Dead, was published in 2009 to critical acclaim. In 2011, she released the supernatural thriller The Shattering, followed by the dystopian fantasy When We Wake (2013) and its sequel, While We Run (2014) Karen has recently stepped away from full-time teaching to see where her writing can take her.

Claudia Jardine (she/her) is a writer, musician, editor and translator based in Ōtautahi, Aotearoa. She has published two best-selling collections of poetry: The Temple of Your Girl in AUP New Poets 7 (2020) and BITER (2023). She has been performing as a poet and singer since 2011.

Schools: limited to 4 places per school ( see booking form)

Notes:

Please bring pens/ paper and a device 

Free WIFI on site

Bring lunch/ snacks/ water bottle 

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

Places are strictly limited. 

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