October Workshop 2010
Award-winning author James George facilitated the writers’ workshop during Labour Weekend in October 2010.
Highly commended entrants from Te Papa Tupu competition held earlier in the year were invited to attend the Auckland event.
Writers learned about character construction and development, point of view and voice, narrative design, and plot and structure.
Guest speaker Albert Wendt joined the group on Saturday to share his writing experience.
July–August Workshop 2010
A mix of non-fiction, fantasy, short story and novel writers came together at the writers’ workshop held in Wellington 30 July–1 August.
The three-day workshop was facilitated by author, playwright and actor David Geary. Participants learned tips and techniques for writing and talked to guest speaker Whiti Hereaka, author of the newly released The Graphologist’s Apprentice.
Brian Bargh of Huia Publishers also made an appearance on the Sunday session, speaking about the publishing industry and encouraging authors to keep entering the Māori Literature Trust’s writing competitions.
Some of the participants have been published in previous editions of Huia Short Stories, the biennial book from the Pikihuia competition. Others were journalists who wanted to record New Zealand history and nature. And some were completely new names encouraged by Te Papa Tupu competition.
Te Papa Tupu programme is made possible with sponsorship from Te Waka Toi and Te Puni Kōkiri and help from Huia Publishers.