Master Classes - 2017

(Jul 2017/ )

We are now launching our master classes for the year­—these are for writers aged 16-25 who are very committed to a particular genre, and are willing to come in to the National Library Building, Parnell, on a weekend day to work with a talented NZ author, and a smaller group, 10am-1.30pm. Our first one is nearly booked up now, and is on August 5 with poet Gregory Kan.

The next class is with Whiti Hereaka (Writing Like a Thief 19 August). This is a master class in fiction. You are encouraged to apply now.

In 2007 Whiti Hereaka was writer in residence at the Randell Cottage in Wellington, where she worked on her first novel, The Graphologist’s Apprentice. The book was published by Huia Publishers in 2010 and shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Book Prize in the Asia/Pacific Region.

During a 2012 Michael King Writers Centre Residency, she worked on the play, Rewena, which debuted at Centrepoint theatre, Palmerston North the following year. Also in 2013, her second novel, Bugs, was published. Bugs was a Young Adult Fiction finalist in the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards.

Whiti Hereaka has taken up this year’s Michael King Māori Writer’s Residency to work on the final draft of a new novel for adults.

  • To register for Whiti Hereaka’s class, please email Jo and Ros youngwriters@writerscentre.org.nz with:name, age, mobile number and the name and email of a sponsor teacher/tutor. Places are free.