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Write On Masterclasses

Term 3 2023 

Join us for a fabulous day of writing and creating.

All of these classes are open to keen writers in Year 7-13

1. Virtual Antarctica + Real Writing 

We are delighted once again to partner with the Antarctic Heritage Trust. In this masterclass, you will learn more about Antarctica, explore Sir Edmund Hillary's hut through virtual reality and use your new knowledge and language to write about it all.

In 2021 we published a double spread of amazing Antarctica writing in Write On magazine as a result of this programme. Will it happen again? That's up to you!

Tutors: Philomena Johnson with the Antarctic Heritage Trust team

Venue: Rangiora Town Hall

Date:  Friday August 4th

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $25


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



2. Nth Power Poetry

“Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.” — Paul Engle.

Join poet Gail Ingram to explore how to raise your words to the Nth power by writing fabulous, funny and thought-provoking poems! Poems written on the day will be a published as part of our National Poetry Day celebrations on August 25th 

Tutor: Gail Ingram

Venue: Te Ara Ātea, Rolleston

Date:  Friday August 11th

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $25

Supported by Selwyn Libraries, Selwyn Creative Communities and Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 




3. Songwriting 

Poet, songwriter and all round very cool human, Regan Kupu Stokes, will lead a workshop on writing lyrics to put to music. You do not need to be able to play an instrument but please bring (a portable) one with you if you can, which could just be a pen or your voice! The class will combine both music improvisation and lyric writing. 


Tutor: Regan Kupu Stokes

Venue: Spark Place, Tūranga, Christchurch

Date:  Friday August 18th

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $30

Supported by Christchurch Libraries and Christchurch Creative Communities


4. Super Senses

In this class we will explore how writers engage all the senses to create strong sensations for their readers. We will create a story around a character with a super sense. Writing from this class can be submitted for Write On issue 61: Uncommon Sense.

Tutor: Heather McQuillan

Venue: Spark Place, Tūranga, Christchurch

Date:  Friday September 1st

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $30

Supported by Christchurch Libraries and Christchurch Creative Communities

5. Write for the Ears- podcasting

Collaborate and create! Make up a team of between 4 and 6 people to create a podcast script that will then go to air! During the day you will learn the techniques and tricks for producing a great podcast. Your team will plan and write and put it all together.

Then you will book a studio session at Plains FM to record your podcast with full support from the recording and editing teams there. Your professional podcast will go to air and be available to download with Plains FM. 

Tutor: Pia Titus 

Venue: Rangiora Town Hall

Date:  Friday September 8th

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $150 per group ( 4-6 in a group)

Please note that schools/ groups will make a separate booking to record the podcast with full studio support at Plains FM ( all costs included in the price) Groups will require adult supervision while at the studio. 


Supported by Waimakariri Libraries, Waimakariri Creative Communities and Plains FM


6. From Beginning to End

Join writer *Heather McQuillan as she shows you how to write beginnings, endings, and everything in between! If you've ever felt stuck on how to begin or end a story, this is the class for you.

Tutor: *Heather McQuillan 

Venue: Te Ara Ātea, Rolleston

Date:  Friday,  September 15th

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $25

Supported by Selwyn Libraries and Selwyn Creative Communities  

*NB There is a change of tutor for this class due to work commitments.


Your Tutors

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

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. She has never been to Antarctica so will join you on your virtual journey with the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Regan Kupu Stokes (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ingarihi) is a teacher of te reo Māori and English, a translator of te reo Māori, and a poet and songwriter. He writes and plays music in the bands HOIHOI and SWIPERS. 

Heather McQuillan is an award-winning writer of novels for young people, short stories and flash fiction. She has three Storylines Notable Books and is in the throes of final edits for a new book coming out in early 2024 that explores sensory overload for sea creatures. 

Pia Titus is the Youth Coordinator at Plains FM



Schools: limited to 4 places per school ( see booking form) * or up to six for the podcasting workshop


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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