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Write On Masterclasses

Term 4 2023 

Join us for a fabulous day of writing and creating.

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

Artefacts: Stories of Living and Learning 


Join us as we explore artefacts found and curated by the Christchurch Archaeology Project. We will collect words, images and ideas to inspire our writing as we respond to the past and look to the future


This event is free thanks to support from The Christchurch Heritage Festival and Christchurch Libraries.

The classes run over three separate dates to reach the maximum number of young writers. Schools/ Individuals may only book one date for up to 4 students.

Tutors Heather McQuillan and Philomena Johnson

Venue: Spark Place, Tūranga

Date:  Tuesday Oct 10th (FULL), Thursday Oct 12th, Friday Oct 13th

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: FREE


Supported by

Christchurch Heritage Festival and Christchurch Libraries


Oh, Horror!

It's back! One of our favourite Write On classes and it's in time for Halloween again. Learn to ramp up the tension, build in the scares and terrify your readers! 

Tutor: Claire Wright

Venue: Kaiapoi Library

Date:  Friday, October 27th

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $25.00

Supported by

Creative Communities Waimakariri and Waimakariri Libraries



Whether you're creating historical fiction, contemporary horror, or a fantasy world that only exists in your reader's head, creating a setting for your story is crucial. Learn how to build worlds that feel real and detailed through a series of collaborative and individual exercises, and leave with a piece grounded in a world of your own creation. This class filled fast when we offered it earlier in the year in Christchurch. Don't miss out. Book soon. 

Tutor: Karen Healey

Venue: Te Ara Ātea, Rolleston

Date:  Friday, November 3rd

Times: 9:15-2:45

Cost: $25.00

Supported by

Creative Communities Selwyn and Selwyn Libraries

Your Tutors

Heather McQuillan is a  writer and teacher. She writes for young readers as well as writing award-winning short fiction and poetry. Her latest novel, Avis and The Call of the Kraken, will be released in early 2024.  

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

By day, Claire  Wright writes guidance documents. By night, she writes funky horror, fantasy, and sci-fi stories, with a splash of romance. Currently, she is working on two projects: a new urban fantasy novel and an interactive fiction novel.

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.

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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