Te Papa Tupu

Whakatupu Kaituhi / Developing Writers

Writers can improve their skills in the Te Papa Tupu writing programme and in workshops held throughout the year.

Te Papa Tupu Programme - 6 months

The writing programme is specifically for writers who have completed a first draft of their manuscript and looking to take a step forward in their journey to publishing. 

Chosen writers are partnered with a mentor to polish their manuscript and improve their writing skills, all to meet the end goal of having a publishable manuscript. Writers will also receive financial support, attend workshops and writers’ festivals, and become part of a writing community.

At the end of the programme, each writer submits their manuscript to Huia Publishers.

Who can apply? 

Māori writers who live in Aotearoa and have a completed manuscript.
Writers of novels, short stories, children’s books, young adult novels and non-fiction written in English or te reo Māori.
Writers who are committed to attend, learn, and fulfil their dream of being published.

Read the application guidelines for the entry criteria and key dates for the programme.

Applications are now open for the 2020/2021 programme

Writer Reactions

Read about the writers and their experience.

Zoom Kōrero with Te Papa Tupu Writers

Thursday, August 6,2020 at 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Join a lunchtime hui to hear from three writers who have participated in Te Papa Tupu. They’ll share their motivation for applying and what it was like to do the programme.

Our speakers are:
– Award-winning author Whiti Hereaka, who completed Te Papa Tupu 2012 and is now a mentor on the programme
– The talented Steph Matuku who published two debut novels after completing Te Papa Tupu in 2016.
– Writer of speculative fiction Cassie Hart, who completed the programme in 2018.

If you have any specific questions about Te Papa Tupu, please send these through to tepapatupu@huia.co.nz by Sunday. We’ll do our best to answer as many as we can.

To join the hui click on the button below or copy the meeting ID into your Zoom app.
Meeting ID: 954 0261 4765

This is a FREE hui.



Arohamai, no workshops available at the moment.

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