Young Writers Programme









The MKWC Young Writers Programme was instituted by the late Dame Christine Cole Catley, a writer, publisher, a keen advocate of young people’s writing and a founding trustee of the Michael King Writers Centre.

The programme has been run for the past seven years by Ros Ali and Jo Emeney who are experienced English teachers and tutors of creative writing.  This year they have been joined by Carrie Rudzinski who has coordinated two workshops in the Waikato.  In terms two and three, the centre provides opportunities for talented young writers (senior high school age) to be involved in writing workshops with novelists, journalists, lyricists, bloggers, short story writers, poets, editors and comic book artists. Meeting like- minded peers is another vital aspect of the programme in addition to becoming part of a growing alumni.

The workshops entail a collaborative day with tutors and guest writers for groups up to 25 students. They are usually held on a school day from 9.15am to 3.15pm and there is no charge to the student.


The first YWP workshop of 2019 was held on Friday 22 March and attracted 31 senior secondary school writers who were keen to learn about media writing from Alex Casey, Senior Writer from The Spinoff, and AUT lecturer, Dr Helen Sissons. The focus of the day was how to write news, opinion and feature stories, plus valuable insights into the media world, from our two experienced, entertaining and skilled presenters. It was a busy day and a special day, with reflections, prayers and silence for Christchurch and the people who suffered.

Our next two workshops will be in June: One in Parnell, on 7 June, featuring poet Karlo Mila and novelist and short story writer Catherine Chidgey, followed by a 28 June workshop at Massey University, Albany, on Drama and the art and craft of theatre. Dr Hannah August (one of our Alumni) and playwright Stuart Hoar will be taking the Massey sessions.

For further information about the programme and to register your interest please email the programme co-ordinators on: