Young Writers Workshop 2011

(Mar/Apr 2011)

A series of workshops for young writers from North Shore secondary schools were held again in March and April this year. 

Twenty talented young writers took part in the workshops, with tutors Rosalind Ali and Johanna Emeney. The students were nominated by the Head of English at each of their schools, including Northcote College, Rangitoto College, Albany Senior High, Pinehurst, Kristin, Takapuna Grammar and Carmel College. 

A number of writers were involved in the sessions as visiting tutors, including author and publisher Christine Cole Catley, Sue Orr, Sarah Laing and Sonja Yelich. The tutors were able to bring in an additional writer, British poet and educationalist Sue Dymoke for part of one session. Two other writers who were staying at the centre at the time (Nelson Wattie and Warwick Pudney) took part in the social event after the final workshop. 

The main benefit of these workshops is to give promising young writers the opportunity to learn about creative writingas craft and as way of life. The workshops provide in-depth exposure to creative writing techniques and ideas, access to high-quality tutors and to experienced writers who have an affinity with young people. They promote critical thought and encourage teenagers to consider taking their writing further, as well as developing the audience for New Zealand literature and writing. 

Four students from the 2011 workshop and from previous workshops were invited to read their work on Jam Radio in September 2011.  They are Isabelle Russell, Jessica Watson, Verity Johnson and Augusta Connor.

Student works from this workshop

After by Aine Kelly Costello
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The Last Harvest (Winter Work 1883) by Amelia Bennett
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Disposession by Isabella Barker
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Paula Rego’s “The Family” by Jessica Watson
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Humpty Dumpty by Ruth McKenna
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Eric by Sophie Walker
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The Ten Steps by Sophie-Harrie Adair
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