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January 15-19 
ARA City Campus, Ōtautahi Christchurch

Details are available here!
Bookings are open!

About Summer Writing School for Teens

Write On Summer Writing School for Teens is administered by Write On School for Young Writers in Christchurch. The programme is supported by Creative Communities Christchurch.


We ran our first Summer Writing School in January, 2017 and each year since has seen keen young writers attend for a full week of writing alongside like-minded peers. many returning year after year. 

If you are aged between 13-19 then you are eligible to register for Summer Writing School for Teens. If you are still 12 but will be in Year 9 in 2024 then we count you as an honorary teenager- go ahead and register. If you have just turned 20 and still want to be an honorary teenager then go ahead and register. We aren't going to quibble over a month here or there.

Classes are based at ARA city campus in Christchurch and run from 10:00-3:30 followed by a snack and chat time until soon after 4:00. 

Each day from Mon-Thurs young writers will engage in a different full day workshop exploring an aspect of writing with an expert tutor. On the final day, Friday, they will have the opportunity for 1:1 mentoring as they redraft and polish their work. We conclude with a celebration of readings and performances from both tutors and students to which whanau and friends are invited. 

Please note that this is not a residential school. Students from out of town will need to organise their own accommodation and meals. Christchurch offers plenty for family members who may want to join you!

Please contact our director, Heather McQuillan with any queries:




young writers to find and develop their own voice and style


young writers to participate in the creative process of writing so they can express their ideas with confidence


young writers to experience the power and enjoyment of accomplishing writing tasks


young writers through the process of preparing their writing for publication to bring their work to more people

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