Write On Masterclasses

Term 3 and 4 2022 

Join us for a fabulous day of writing and creating.

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



1. Write On Speak Out: Podcasting with Plains FM

* Please note this is a two day workshop

Podcasts are a great way to get your words to an audience. Join us to learn ways to engage and inform your listeners, and all the skills you need to create your own podcast. 


This is a two day workshop. The first workshop will be based on ideas and writing skills to enable you to write your own podcast and to gather resources. The second workshop will support you as you record and produce your podcast, ready to go to air! Your podcast will then be made available for the public on Plains FM's site and will go to air as part of Plains FM's Youth programming. You will need to bring a laptop ( not a Chromebook) to both sessions.

Tutors: Pia Titus and Heather McQuillan

Venue: Kaiapoi Library

Date:  Friday  August 5th AND 19th

Times: 9.15-2.45

Cost: $50.00


Supported by

Plains FM, Waimakariri Libraries and Creative Communities Waimakariri


2. Poetry Takes You Places


We are thrilled to bring this special event to Rangiora on National Poetry Day, August 26th. Meet poets, write poetry and perform as part of special celebration at Rangiora Library all for National Poetry Day.


During the day we will explore and write different poems, inspired by the poets you meet and guided by our fabulous poetry expert, Gail Ingram.


You and your whanau are then invited to a celebration of poetry at Rangiora Library at 5:00pm where you can share your poem and listen to others. (If reading in front of a crowd isn't your thing, no worries, we will have expert readers available to give voice to your poems)

Tutors: Gail Ingram and guests

Venue: Rangiora Town Hall

Date:   Friday August 26th

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $25

Supported by

Phantom Bill Stickers National Poetry Day, Waimakariri Libraries and Creative Communities Waimakariri


3. It's Only Natural

Creative non fiction is an exciting genre to explore. Attune your senses to the natural world, find the words, and metaphor to bring focus to your writing.  Pieces written in this class may be entered in Write On Magazine's It's Only Natural Writing Competition. 

Tutors: Sue Kingham

Venue: Rangiora Town Hall

Date:   Friday September 16th

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $25

Supported by

 Waimakariri Libraries and Creative Communities Waimakariri






4. Heritage Festival 2022: Moments and Milestones



Join us as we take a photo tour of local heritage sites and hidden treasures. We will collect words, images and ideas to inspire our writing.  


Following our walk, we will return to Tūranga to explore different ways to put our words together, using a wealth of visual resources. ( In the event of terrible weather we have a virtual walk option!) You will need a phone to record your images. 

This event is run over three separate dates to reach the maximum number of young writers. Schools/ Individuals may only book one date.

Tutors: The Write On Team

Venue: Spark Place, Tūranga

Date:  Tues Oct 18th, or Weds Oct 19th, or Friday Oct 21st

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: to be advised once funding is confirmed.

In past years we have been able to offer these classes for free


Supported by

Christchurch Heritage Festival and Christchurch Libraries


 5. Oh, Horror!

Horror podcaster, Claire Wright, can't wait to uncover the horrors that lie within as you write out your worst nightmares. Learn how to select the right words and structure your sentences to maximise the tension, scares and thrills. Have your stories ready to share for Halloween! 

Tutor: Claire Wright 

Venue: Kaiapoi Library

Date:  Friday October 28th

Times: 9.15-2.45

Cost: $25.00

Supported by

 Waimakariri Libraries and Creative Communities Waimakariri



Your Tutors

Pia Titus is the Youth Content Coordinator at Plains FM96.9

Heather McQuillan writes novels for young readers as well as short stories, flash fiction and poetry.  Heather loves working with young writers and is the director of Write On. 

As well as being an award- winning poet, Gail Ingram is 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.

Sue Kingham writes nonfiction and fiction. She had written a book about dyslexia and writes articles for Latitude magazine. 

Claire Wright writes fiction, poetry and also writes and performs a mystery-horror podcast, Fracture



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


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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