January 16-20 2023, Ara City campus, Christchurch

For teens.

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We are delighted to be offering our 7th Summer Writing School and once again we have some stellar tutors ready inspire, guide and mentor young writers. 

Monday January 16th

9:30:  Registration and mihi

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options

a.  Songwriting Lyrics: Get started, get cracking - go hard out with your truth!

Tutor: Lisa Tui

Insight # 1: The key ingredient to writing a great song is YOU!  

Insight # 2: Music is emotional.  So how can you enhance the music and with what words?

Insight # 3: You won't know until ... you start, get messy, learn something from the greats and figure it out on the way.

I will be your guide, I'll share what I know, encourage you, bring some things into focus and be delighted that YOU are willing to create your song!

b. Weaving Folklore and Myth in Modern Tales 

Tutor: Gillian St Kevern

Take tales you know, or discover new ones, to reimagine within modern stories. Recapture the magic and intrigue, and explore the underlying concepts of folklore and myths in brand new stories.

3:30-4:00: Snacks and chat

Tuesday January 17th

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options


a. Setting = Time + Place

Tutor: Heather McQuillan

Uncover the ways writers evoke time and place to ground their story and provide leaping off points for characters. Write in different settings and time periods, and explore the use of different tenses. Then let your characters leap!

b. Short and Sharp- short forms of poetry and very short stories

Tutor: Desna Wallace

Explore many short forms of writing including Hay(na)ku, Kennings, Two sentence horror , 100 word stories, Six sentence stories. Discover the magic of short forms - how the limits imposed lead to creativity. 


3:30-4:00: Snacks and chat

Wednesday January 18th

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options


a. Who's Telling Your Story? Creating authentic narrative voice in your writing.

Tutor: Tania Roxborogh

This workshop will take you through the 'do's and don'ts' of credible narration and why and how it is important to get such an essential element right in your story. We will consider point of view, showing rather than telling, characters' wants and desires and how these impact the selection of information included in the narrative.

b. Voices: strategies and varieties of first person voice in poetry and hybrid forms.

​Tutor: James Norcliffe

Session will include persona poems, the unreliable narrator and peculiar registers

3:30-4:00: Snacks and chat

Thursday January 19th

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options


a. Make it Flash! Inspiration, ideas, format and form for your next piece of flash fiction.

Tutor: Melanie Dixon

We will be looking at a variety of different flash fiction pieces then trying out some ideas of our own; playing with different forms and formats, and discussing what concepts we can borrow from poetry to really make our fiction really flash!

b. ACADEMY OF DIRT: Focus, Form and Detail in Naturalist Poetry

Tutor: Claudia Jardine

 Get into the nitty-gritty and dig your fingers between the lines. This workshop will ask you to write informed, impassioned poetry about the weird and wonderful topics you are drawn to, be it bizarre creatures of the deep, the thing going green in the fruit bowl or the humble earwig. Maybe your interests overwhelm you so much that you don't know where to start? Never fear, that's where a toolbox of forms will come in handy.

3:30-4:00: Snacks and chat

Friday January 20th

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



Full week = $275.00

(with thanks to Creative Communities Christchurch for their support) 

Fully refundable if COVID-19 intervenes.

Places strictly limited in each workshop. Book and pay early to ensure first choices of workshops.




One day bookings will open in November

Limited spaces. 

$65.00 a day.