Write On Speak Out: Lockdown Voices 2020


Writing provides young people with agency. At Write On School for Young Writers, we guide young writers to express their ideas and we support their voices through publication, performance and podcasting. 


We are extremely grateful to Copyright Licensing NZ and Plains FM, for their support in giving voice to young New Zealanders

We have now completed this project with a few tweaks left before the launch September 18th.

The collated recordings will go to air on the following dates on Plains FM 96.9

Lockdown Voices – 1 – Saturday 19 September at 9am

Lockdown Voices – 2 – Saturday 26 September at 9am

Lockdown Voices – 3 – Saturday 3 October at 9am


Lockdown Voices 2020


INSPIRE: Prompts


Check out our blog for great writing prompts to inspire and guide first drafts of both poetry and prose in response to Lockdown experiences. These will be emailed to registered schools.  


GUIDE: Mentorship and Online Writers’ Studios


From June 8 to June 26 our writing mentors are available to read and provide feedback to young writers. This will be provided on a first in basis until all spaces are filled. You will need to register your interest as there are a number of submission guidelines and permissions we need to share before you send us any of your writing. 


During the July holidays we will hold Online ZOOM Writers’ Studios in both poetry and prose. Places are strictly limited and registration will be essential. Details and dates will be made available to those who register interest and will also be on our website mid June.


If necessary there will be a selection process for publication that ensures a diverse range of voices. We aim to publish as many pieces as time and funds allow. Selected students will be notified and then have until August 7 to record and submit a podcast of their work using the Plains FM free app.


On September 18 we will launch the Write On Speak Out: Lockdown Voices 2020 pages on our website. These will feature the writing, podcasts and supporting images. 


The podcasts will also be collated into a number of 25 minute programmes to be aired on Plains FM from late September. These programmes will be accessible via other Access radio stations throughout New Zealand / Āotearoa.


WE have now Filled all of the available spots for this programme. 

Check out our RADIO PLAYS & Programmes

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