Young Writers Programme 2014

(Feb/Dec 2014)

Year 11 to 13 students from secondary schools throughout the Auckland region have had the opportunity to take part in the Young Writers' Programme in 2014.

There have been a series of workshops and master classes throughout the year with a great lineup of writers, which has been offered with support from Creative New Zealand. 

More than 120 students will take part in the programme by the end of the year. 

Each workshop is an intensive one-day programme with visiting guest writers who are leaders in their genres and tutoring with the programme leaders, Rosalind Ali and poet Johanna Emeney. Both are expert teachers of creative writing. Students must be nominated by the Head of English in their school. 

The programme has included:

  • A workshop on writing for media with Simon Wilson and Vaughn Davis in March
  • A master class with script writer, poet and novelist Anne Kennedy in April
  • A worksop on writing lyrics with leading musicians Mike Chunn, Annie Crummer and Seth Haapu in May
  • A master class in creative writing with novelist Paula Morris in May
  • A workshop on fact and fiction with novelist Ted Dawe and journalist Steve Braunias in June
  • A master class on fiction with Charlotte Grimshaw will be held in October

Photos from the workshops and master classes are on Facebook

All of those who took part in the programme are invited to submit a piece of writing for the third issue of Signals and enter the Chris Cole Catley Writing Awards 2014. 

Signals is a literary journal for young writers. It will be launched on Saturday December 6. 

The deadline for submissions to Signals is October 14.

Submissions should be emailed to

Entries for the Cape Catley Writing Awards also close on October 14. Details about the competition are here.