South Taranaki District Libraries offer free writing workshops with Judges of the awards. Secondary School entrants can attend workshops at local schools. See your HOD English for details. Entrants in the Open section of poetry and short story (and home-schooled students)are welcome on Saturday June 15 2019 Enroll by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org stating : - which workshop - poetry or short story (or both) - Name, address, phone number (Enrollments open in May) or phone 0800 111 323
2019 Short Story Workshop
Theatre Lounge Hawera Community Centre Albion Street Hawera 9am - Noon Workshop will cover: 'The Saturday workshop is an opportunity to explore some basic principles of writing, with an emphasis on short stories, their shape, length and the approach that makes a reader sit up and pay attention from the beginning. There will be a short exercise to get everyone started, a discussion by me and a question and answer session. I am also interested in memoir as a genre and for those who are interested, the Q&A part of the programme will offer an opportunity to consider aspects of the form." Fiona
2019 Poetry Workshop
Theatre Lounge Hawera Community Centre Albion Street Hawera 1pm - 4pm Workshop will cover: 'First up I'll talk about areas of concern in poetry, with particular reference to common pitfalls. I can't teach people how to be good writers - that's something they have to discover for themselves - but I can teach how not to write badly - a slightly different thing, but still extremely useful. I'll also send a writing exercise to Pam about a week beforehand so that those who'd like to can have a crack at it and bring the resulting poem to the workshop to read (if they wish). So part of the workshop will involve sharing and discussing the exercise poems, or any others people wish to share. However, there's no obligation to share a poem - people are welcome to just come and listen. We may also do some writing in the workshop, depending on time. 'James
Additional events this year: Author Chat with Dame Fiona Kidman Wednesday June 12 2019 10.30am Eltham LibraryPlus 7pm Hawera LibraryPlus Friday November 1 2019 10.30am Waverley LibraryPlus 2pm Manaia LibraryPlus
Poetry evening with James Brown Thursday June 13 2019 7pm Hawera LibraryPlus All events free and all welcome to attend.