January 18-22 2021, Hagley College, Christchurch

For teens.

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WRITE ON Summer Writing School 2021

Monday January 18th

9:30:  Registration and mihi

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options

a. The Art of Slam Performance poet, Nathan Joe, will lead you through an intensive workshop exploring the fundamentals of spoken word, ideal for first-timers. Sharpen the skills and techniques needed to create a compelling performance. 

b. Flash Fact and Fiction: an Introduction to Tiny Stories. Explore the factual/memoir/fictional/hybrid possibilities of this short short story form with world-renowned writer and flash fiction judge, Nod Ghosh.

3:30-4:00: Snacks and chat

Tuesday January 19th

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options


a. Verse Novels Write a sequence of poems to tell a bigger story with writer reviewer and book-lover, Desna Wallace.

b. Characters in Crisis  Create agony for your protagonist and then guide them through it. Write some keys scenes for your next novel with writer and teacher, Heather McQuillan.


3:30-4:00: Snacks and chat

Wednesday January 20th

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options


a. Personal and Paranormal Use the paranormal to explore the personal, with Gillian St Kevern, writer of ghost stories, vampire sagas and gothic romance.  

b. Poetry and Politics Rage against the machine: give your feelings on the issues of the day a structure, a sound, a form - in other words, turn them into poetry with award-winning poet, Gail Ingram.


3:30-4:00: Snacks and chat

Thursday January 21st

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options


a. Writing in Persona Escape the self and write in various voices with prolific poet and writer of fantastic fantasy books, James Norcliffe.

b. Creative Nonfiction  Ever wanted to write about a subject you're passionate about, in a way that will really engage the reader? Find out how to write compelling creative non-fiction with award-winning writer Melanie Dixon.


3:30-4:00: Snacks and chat

Friday January 22nd

10:00 to 12:00: redrafting and 1:1 mentoring

Work in small groups to develop and redraft works in progress.  Time  allocated for 1:1 mentoring with one of the tutors.

1:00 to 3:30: Celebration of Writing *

Panel discussion/ performance readings from the tutors

Open mic sharing of work

Snacks and Chat

*family and friends welcome



Early bird fee if booked and paid before November 30th 2020 = $250.00


After November 30th 2020 = $275.00

We will open up for one day bookings if numbers allow in early December. One day fees are $60.00 a day.