Speaking 4 the Planet

Two fabulous opportunities to choose from

 1. Write a Speech 4 the Planet 

Join writer Melanie Dixon for a masterclass in writing and performing speeches about local and global issues, focusing on what to include to get your message across.​

Purpose: Learn how to use language techniques to maximise the impact of your words, and how to deliver your speech in way that will make people listen. If you wish, prepare your speech to enter in the Speak 4 the Planet competition. 



Tutor: Melanie Dixon

Date: Friday March 26th

Venue: Tūranga, Central Library

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 7-10

Cost: $25.00





2. Spoken Word 4 the Planet 


Join the 2020 National Slam champion, Nathan Joe, for a masterclass in spoken word poetry, with a focus on using your words to talk about local and global issues that are important to you.

Purpose: Poetry can be a powerful tool for discussing the issues that affect us. Learn how to give your poems maximum impact and how to perform in a way that will make your audience listen. Prepare a poem to enter in the Speak 4 the Planet competition

Tutor: Nathan Joe

Date: Friday 9th April

Venue: Tūranga, Central Library

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 11-13

Cost: $25.00


Your Tutors

Melanie Dixon writes short stories, flash fiction, novels for children, poetry and creative non-fiction. Her work has been published and anthologised internationally and she has been placed in many competitions including The Guardian Young Travel Writer of the Year Competition, National Flash Fiction Day Competition, and The Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Award for Creative Science Writing. She has  a Masters in Creative Writing with first class honours. 

Nathan Joe is a performance poet, playwright and theatre critic based in Christchurch. He was the 2019 Otago Poetry Slam Champion and placed third at the 2019 New Zealand National Slam Finals and is now the 2020 National Slam champion!  He is the most recent Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury.


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 and Christchurch Libraries for their support. These workshops are in association with Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

Read about the 2020 competition here:

Places are strictly limited.