2018 Workshop Details

You will be able to attend FOUR workshops over the week. These will be filled on a first in- first served basis. 

Monday January 22, 2018 10.00 am to 3.30 pm

SORRY, NOW FULL. A. Characters in Chaos! How do you intensify character relationships and pull the most interesting stuff out of your characters? How do you kickstart romance, hatred, deep loyalty and intense betrayal? Proximity + stress! Join award-winning YA fantasy writer, Karen Healey, for an intensive collaborative workshop where you’ll create characters in an ensemble cast, trapped together in extraordinary circumstances. The clock is ticking. Not everyone can survive! If you haven’t read Karen Healy’s incredible and award-winning novels, Guardian of the Dead, The Shattering, When We Wake, and While We yet then make sure you do before this workshop, or after the workshop, just not during it! Karen writes books and short stories about smart girls with tough problems and angry boys with secrets. She is currently writing a new novel during as part of the Ursula Bethell Residency at the University of Canterbury. 

B. Song Lyrics. Where to start; form, structure and rhythm. This lyric writing workshop with singer-songwriter Lisa Tui Jonathan will be a hands-down-and-go process.  You will learn and practise techniques designed to draw out your lyric writing abilities, utilise traditional song forms and structures to shape their stories and begin the process of learning about music and rhythmic patterns. Can’t play music? No worries –this workshop is about the words. Lisa Tui Jonathan is a singer- songwriter and a music teacher. She is co-curator of the Freakin’ Awesome Songwriters Clinic and sings like an angel. If you bring your guitar then she will definitely jam with you. This workshop was one of our most popular last year! Tough choice!

Tuesday January 23, 2018 10.00 am to 3.30 pm

A.Language is Me: Express your most personal self using language from any text — from bird manuals to Google + posts to your maths textbook. Award-winning poet Gail Ingram will show you how combining “found ” words with words of your own can lead to discoveries of the profound, the surprising, the quirky.  Gail Ingram was the 2016 winner of the NZ Poetry Society prize and editor for the 2017 NZ Poetry Society anthology “after the cyclone”. She has recently completed her first anthology in which she uses quirky poetry forms to tell the story of a graffiti artist in post-eq Christchurch. Gail has a Masters of Creative Writing and is also an award-winning writer of flash fiction. You want profundity, surprising and quirky? Meet Gail.

SORRY, NOW FULL B. How To Trap and Tame a Tiny Story. Stories are everywhere but they need to be trapped and tamed for the page. In this workshop Heather McQuillan will share different techniques authors use to capture a story onto the blank page. Later you will get to explore the redrafting process and tame those tiny stories you’ve trapped until they can jump through flaming hoops. Heather likes writing tiny stories. She won both the NZ Flash Fiction Day (300 words) and Micro Madness (100 words) competitions in 2016. She has been published internationally in Best Small Fictions 2017, Bath Flash Fiction 2017 and the UK Flash Fiction Day Anthology 2017 as well as in online journals both in NZ and overseas. She has also written a number of award-winning novels for young readers and has published a few poems. Heather is frantically finishing her thesis for a Masters of Creative Writing and hopes to graduate in 2018. 

Wednesday January 24, 2018 10.00 am to 3.30 pm

SORRY, NOW FULL A.Old and Odd Ways to Say New Things. Recycle, Re-imagine, Re-invent! James Norcliffe will guide you through the writing of instructional poems and some other odd patterns, providing an edge and a structure for you to say something new and wonderful, whether that is poetry, prose poetry or poetic prose. James is a poet, fiction writer and educator. He has written collections of poetry and short stories, and quite a few books for young readers. James has won awards and prizes, and has been the recipient of prestigious fellowships, including the 2006 Fellowship at the University of Iowa. He won the Junior Fiction Award at the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for his children’s book The Loblolly Boy (2009). Just remember that old and odd are the words used to describe this workshop and may not necessarily apply to the tutor! ( even if they do)

B. Poetry with Pictures. Follow the fine art of writing Ekphrastic poetry ( “a vivid description of a scene or a piece of fine art”) with award-winning poet Gail Ingram. Bring your own pics or be stimulated by the ones provided. And that’s not all! Experiment with Concrete Poetry; create your own images from the typeface or shape of the poem itself. And lastly, practice the powerful art of painting pictures in the minds of your readers by honing your use of imagery. Gail was the 2016 winner of the NZ Poetry Society prize and editor for the 2017 NZ Poetry Society anthology “after the cyclone”. She has recently completed her first anthology in which she uses quirky poetry forms to tell the story of a graffiti artist in post-eq Christchurch. Gail has a Masters of Creative Writing and is also an award-winning writer of flash fiction. Join this workshop and get the whole set of knives.

Thursday January 25,  2018 10.00 am to 3.30 pm

A. How to Write Blogs That Others Want to Read. Blogging is an art form in and of itself. Regular blogging is a way to engage and connect with your audience or create an audience, so this is a worthwhile writing skill to learn. Learning to blog is also a great entry point for journalism or marketing and communications. In this workshop, Jenna Heller will take you through a process from identifying potential blogging topics all the way through to crafting a few blog posts, ready to go live as soon as you push PUBLISH! Jenna Heller is currently the Internal Communications Manager with AgResearch and has worked in Communications and Marketing teams for the last ten years. She has also written for radio and newspapers in the US and NZ. And last but not least, she has written blogs for Telecom New Zealand (before they were Spark), IAG NZ, the Corporate Executive Board and most recently Headland Journal. And even laster but not leaster, she writes stories and poems and is an awesome teacher.

SORRY, NOW FULL B. O Mnemosyne! Use memory and secret moments to create small stories: discover the real behind the magical; the magical behind the real. James Norcliffe will guide you into creating writing that will surprise, startle and touch the human core. Mad logic is just one of James’ areas of expertise! James is a poet, fiction writer and educator. He has written collections of poetry and short stories, and quite a few books for young readers. James has won awards and prizes, and has been the recipient of prestigious fellowships, including the 2006 Fellowship at the University of Iowa. He won the Junior Fiction Award at the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for his children’s book The Loblolly Boy (2009). He knows lots of words!

On Friday January 26 you will be involved in 1:1 mentoring, group support groups, editing and be entertained by the tutors and your peers. 

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