Masterclasses 2021 

Seaweek Poetry


Three great opportunities to choose from

Join our local poets for a masterclass writing poems in association with Seaweek 2021, focusing particularly on local areas.  Theme: I am the sea and the sea is me.


Purpose: Learn poetry techniques which can be applied across all of your writing, such as word sounds and rhymes, specific vocabulary, and injecting fun into your work. If you wish, enter your polished poem in the Seaweek Poetry Competition.


Whakaraupō Day

Lyttelton Harbour/ Whakaraupō

Tutor: Greg O'Connell


Venue: Governors Bay Community Centre

Date:  Wednesday March 10th * note change of date!

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 7-10

Cost: $25.00

Pegasus Bay Day

Waimakariri District beaches

Tutors: Claire Wright and Desna Wallace


Venue: Rangiora Town Hall 

Date:  Friday March 12th

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 7-10

Cost: $25.00


Ihutai Day

The Estuary of the Heathcote and Avon Rivers / Ihutai

Tutor: Gail Ingram


Venue: Mt Pleasant Community Centre

Date:  Friday March 12th

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 7-10

Cost: $25.00

Your Tutors


Greg O'Connell is a name you will know. He has sixteen poems in the School Journal, and five poems in the Random House anthology A Treasury of New Zealand Poetry for Children. Greg is a performance poet and experienced tutor. 

Claire Wright and Desna Wallace are both regular tutors at Write On Saturdays.  Claire writes fiction, poetry and also has a mystery-horror podcast. Desna is a renowned children's writer and poet.  She loves verse novels. 

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.



Schools: limited to 4 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. These classes are in association with the Seaweek ECan Poetry Competition. Details to come. 

Places are strictly limited.