‘The last days of the holidays’ workshops

Do you have young writers keen to scratch the creative writing itch before they return to school? Our last days of the holidays Summer Holiday Writing Workshops at South Library, Christchurch could be just the thing!

Monday, January 29th. South Library Sydenham Room for Year 5 and 6 students

10.00-12.00  Secret Superpowers- unlocking a character’s hidden life

12.30-2.30   Where the Cows go Bong – playing with sound in poetry

 

Tuesday, January 30th. South Library Sydenham Room for Year 7 and 8 students

10.00-12.00  Secret Superpowers- unlocking a character’s hidden life

12.30-2.30   Where the Cows go Bong – playing with sound in poetry

Costs: the non-refundable (but transferable) booking fee is $15.00 per workshop or $25.00 for two workshops on the same day.

Please register using this form: SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOPS

n.b. We will provide supervision for children attending both sessions over the lunch break. Children must bring their own lunch.

Thanks to the support from Creative Communities Christchurch and Christchurch City Libraries.

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“Secrets of the Sea – and Poetry”

Our ‘Young Writers by the Beach’ Holiday Programme continues in Sumner next week…

There are still a few spaces available for the Tuesday, January 16th workshops: “Secrets of the Sea – and Poetry” with our wonderful tutor Gail Ingram.

Two sessions 10.30 – 12.30 ( Year 5 and 6)  and 1.00 -3.00 ( Year 7 and 8) – but we are not too strict about the age levels so if one suits better than the other then that is fine.

Free but bookings are essential.
Phone 03 941 7923, or visit the library at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre to register.

Here’s another enticing start to a beach shorts short story from last Tuesday’s workshop. This one written by Emilia, Year 5. 

I added the finishing touch to my sandcastle. The twirly shells looked perfect on the turrets. I had been working on the design for weeks. I was sure I would win the competition. Hot sand trickled between my toes as a judge came striding toward my sandcastle with her clipboard.

How do you think this one could develop? Emilia wrote two different endings!

‘Young Writers by the Beach’ Holiday Programme is supported by Creative Communities Christchurch and Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre Library.

Young Writers by the Beach continues…

“Locked!
My togs are full of damp sand and seawater. Rain spits on the corrugated iron roof and the stench of the public toilet fills my nostrils. I try the lock for what seems like the millionth time. I shout for help but my family are far away on the beach.”

This is the enticing start to one of the wonderful ‘Beach Shortz’ stories written during our ‘Young Writers by the Beach’ workshops in Sumner today. This piece is by Ava, Year 6.

There are still a few spaces in next Tuesday’s workshops “Secrets of the Sea – and Poetry” with our wonderful tutor Gail Ingram. Free but bookings are essential.
Phone 03 941 7923, or visit the library at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre to register.

Young Writers by the Beach, January 9 and 16, 2018.

2018 is here and we are ready to write!

We have holiday workshops happening at a couple of locations around Christchurch these Summer holidays. See here: Summer Holiday 2018

First up, on January 9th and 16th we are taking our writing to the beach — well close enough — at the lovely new library at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre! And there is plenty for the rest of the family to do in Sumner while your young writer is indulging their passion, including the beach, hill walks, cafes, the paddling pool at Scarborough Park, or relaxing in the comfort of our lovely new library.

On Tuesday January 9th, our new director and ‘International Writer of Flash Fiction’, Heather McQuillan will be running two sessions on  Beach Shortz- writing short short stories full of grit! 

The following week on January 16th, award-winning poet and much-loved School for Young Writers’ tutor, Gail Ingram will be letting out the lyrical with The Secrets of the Sea – and how to write poet-ry.

These workshops are for Years 5 and 6 students in the morning ( 10.30-12.30) and Years 7 and 8 students in the afternoon ( 1.00-3.00) and they are FREE thanks to Creative Communities Christchurch and Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre! But you must book to avoid disappointment. Phone 03 941 7923, or visit the library at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre to register.

 

 

New SFYW Website

You shouldn’t need your safety goggles to look at our new website now that it appears the Gremlins have been banished!  Do take the time to explore. 🙂

www.schoolforyoungwriters.org

We’d like to thank Glyn’s extended family for managing the website from a distance for the past years. The new format allows us easy access to update information.

And do let us know if you encounter any problems…  those Gremlins… you know …

Bookings Open for Saturday Classes, 2018

Bookings are now open for our Christchurch-based Saturday Classes in 2018. Queries for our Distance Learning programmes can be made to schoolforyoungwriters@gmail.com

Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:00 noon at Hagley Community College

Term 1 Dates: Feb 10,17, 24, March 3,10,17, 24 and April 7

Cost: $160 for the term ( 8 sessions)

We cater for young writers from Year 4 through to Year 13 with specialist teachers and small classes to allow for that all important 1:1 mentoring time.

Register now to ensure a space for your child

REGISTER FOR SATURDAY YOUNG WRITERS CLASSES >>

Proposed Term and Bonus workshop dates for the rest of 2018

Term 2. Saturday May 5, May 12, May 19,  May 26   NO class on June 2 (Queen’s Birthday) Saturday June ,  June 16,  June 23,  June 30

Saturday July 7: BONUS WORKSHOPS- tasters and master classes. $20 per child, bring a friend, guest tutors, try something new. Details soon.

Term 3. Saturday July 28,  August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25, September1, September 8, September 15

Saturday September 22: BONUS WORKSHOPS- tasters and master classes. $20 per child, bring a friend, guest tutors, try something new. Details soon.

Term 4 * note shortened term . Saturday October 27, November 3, November 10.  NO classes on Nov 17 – Show Weekend. Saturday November 24, December 1,  December 8, December 15 * End-of Year Celebration

 

Used Book Fundraiser

Attention Saturday Writers’ families:

For the next two weeks we have a fundraiser on offer where you can come in and buy used books. $2 each or three for $5.

Next Saturday this will be outside the J Block classrooms at Hagley from 9.45-10.15 and again from 11.30-12.15. Cash only please. 🙂

Feel free to clear out your own bookshelves and donate some more books.

The books will also be available for purchase at the end-of-year breakup day.

* Please note that the end-of-year breakup (and launch of WriteOn and ReDraft) is at Hohepa Hall, Barrington Street on Saturday Dec 16th, starting 10.00am. Please don’t go to Hagley that day!