Welcome to the School for Young Writers

We are a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1993 and based in Christchurch, New Zealand, we offer tuition to young writers anywhere in the world.

The aims of the School for Young Writers are:

  • To build on the achievements of classroom teachers in developing writing skills.
  • To help people develop confidence and individual styles as writers.
  • To inspire young writers aged 8 to 19 and show them that writing improves with effort.
  • To enable students to succeed in a variety of writing tasks and registers.
  • To introduce young writers to the joys and challenges of publication.

We offer:

  • Saturday morning classes in Christchurch based at Hagley Community College.
  • After-school workshops: please contact us for details of the days that Workshops are running on, and their locations.
  • Workshops in Schools. Exciting 2-day workshops for specially chosen groups of young writers, at your school and in school time. Click here for more details.
  • Distance Education. You can study with us via mail and e-mail from anywhere in the world. Click here for more details.

Saturday Mornings at Hagley

It is now Term Two of 2017 and we have five classes full to the brim! At the start of term we welcomed fifteen new writers and their families to our community.

Classes Term 2, 2017

Year 10, 11,12 and 13. Tutor: James Norcliffe

Year 8, 9 and 10. Tutor: Heather McQuillan

Year 7 and 8. Tutor: Melanie Dixon

Year 6 and 7. Tutor: Amy Paulussen

Year 4, 5, and 6. Tutor: Gail Ingram

Twice Upon a Time. A new book by James Norcliffe.

Poet and children’s writer James Norcliffe is a national treasure. HE IS OUR NATIONAL TREASURE! He has been involved in the School for Young Writers in Christchurch for many years, and releases both poetry and junior fiction books regularly. Sarah Forster reviews his latest novel for children.

Read the rest of the Review here: http://www.thesapling.co.nz/single-post/2017/05/12/Twice-Upon-a-Time-A-very-good-very-bad-story-by-James-Norcliffe

ReDraft Winners!

In 2016, 24 of our young writers were winners in the Redraft Competition. Their prize was to have their writing published in The Dog Upstairs and a free copy of the book.

Congratulations to: Bella Bastida, Pieta Bell, Josie Beliner, Charlotte Boyle, Simon Brown, Tom Collins, Sarah Eastwood, Freddie Gormack-Smith, Elliot Hughes, Maddison Hull, Samantha Jory-Smart, Finlay Langelaan, Duncan Matchett, Jake Parsons, Adelaide Perry, Mekijah Pullen, Tierney Reardon, Ella Somers, Elizabeth Steel, Azriel Taylor, Ellie Tsamandakis, Kate Twomey, Lara Watson and Lydia Whyte.

To find out more about ReDraft and to order your copy go to http://www.schoolforyoungwriters.org/redraft/

Young Writers on the Airwaves

Our wonderful tutor Steph Frewen has been at it again!

St Albans Year 6 students present their story ‘The Golden Motorbike Plot’ on Plains FM. It’s a ‘crime’ story about underground tunnels leading from St Albans School to a museum where thieves try to steal a golden motorbike and good guys are trying to stop them!  Listen to a podcast any old time:

To book a workshop for your school, with Steph or any of our tutors go here: http://www.schoolforyoungwriters.org/workshops_In_Schools/