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January 15-19 2024

ARA City Campus, Ōtautahi Christchurch

For teens.

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We are delighted to be offering our 8th Summer Writing School and once again we have some stellar tutors ready to inspire, guide and mentor young writers. Come and join in our welcoming community of writers. 

Monday, January 15th

9:30:  Registration and mihi

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options

3:30 to 4:00: Snacks and chat

a.  Get Creative with Non-Fiction

Tutor: Josiah Morgan

Explore the beautiful in the boring, the poetry in the mundane and the humour in everyday situations. If you've ever thought non-fiction was a bit boring, this is the class for you to discover a whole new world of possibility!

b. Wrangling Rhyme

Tutor: Joanna Preston

A workshop looking at different types of rhyme, and different forms that use rhyme. Get into the flow and rhythm of words! 

Tuesday, January 16th

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options

3:30 to 4:00: Snacks and chat

a. Decisions and Deviations- creating characters with minds of their own!  

Tutor: Heather McQuillan

Follow the lead of your newly-formed character as they encounter critical moments of decision and then deviate from where you planned to send them! This class is now full.

b. The Third Voice

​Tutor: Mena Johnson

In this workshop, you will team up and write collaboratively exploring poetry and short prose. Discover the third voice that is neither yours nor your collaborator’s which will lead to new thought processes, ideas and experimentation in your writing even when you are writing solo.

Wednesday, January 17th

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options

3:30 to 4:00: Snacks and chat

a. I speak for the worms!

Tutor: Melanie Dixon

Write non-human characters. Get inside the skin of other creatures- discover new voices and what they have to say. 

b. The experiment experience

Tutor: Josiah Morgan

Explore different experimental forms of writing in both poetry and prose. Liberate yourself from restrictions and learn how restrictions can be liberating!

Thursday, January 18th

10:00 to 3:30: Workshop Options

3:30 to 4:00: Snacks and chat

a. Vile Villains 

​Tutor: Desna Wallace

Forget those heroes and heroines!  Create a backstory as to why your villain is so bad and discover if they can redeem themselves. This class is now full.

b. Make your Words Sing

Tutor: Regan Kupu Stokes

A workshop where your words will turn into song. Learn the basics of songwriting. This is a class for anyone - even if you have never touched an instrument before

Friday, January 19th

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

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

1:00 to 3:30: Celebration of writing * family and friends welcome

Panel discussion/ performance readings from the tutors

Open mic sharing of work

Snacks and Chat



Full week = $325

One day fee= $65 per day

Fully refundable if COVID-19 intervenes.

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




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