Term 4 Dates for Saturday Writing Classes, 2017

For your information, here are our dates for Term 4, Saturday Classes. 10-12 at Hagley College. We have five classes running for Year 3 to Year 13. To find out if there are vacancies still available contact young.writers@xtra.co.nz

Saturday October 14 : Week 1

Saturday October 21 : LABOUR WEEKEND ( no classes this week)

Saturday October 28: Week 2

Saturday November 4: Week 3

Saturday November 11:Week 4

Saturday November 18: SHOW WEEKEND ( no classes this week)

Saturday November 25: Week 5

Saturday December 2: Week 6

Saturday December 9: Week 7

Saturday December 16:Week 8 CELEBRATION and LAUNCH of REDRAFT and WRITE ON. Hohepa Hall, Barrington Street



Spring into Writing Workshops, Oct 3

Book for the Spring into Writing Workshops CLICK HERE

You can book for one or two sessions per day.

Cost: $15 per session or $25 for two sessions on the same day.

Where: The Writers’ Block, Hagley Community College. Entry via Waller Terrace ( map)

10.00 – 12.00   Poetry with Pictures: Have you heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words? Bring your artistic skills — draw a picture and then write a poem about it! Stick drawings work just as well as great art! And then learn how to write another kind of poem — a concrete poem. Turn your words into pictures by changing the shape of them. You will make great poetry by writing in images, about images and with imagery!

Lunch: supervised. Children need to bring their own lunch if staying for both workshops.

12.30 – 2.30  Pick-a-Path extravaganza! Borrowing all the best bits from our favourite stories, we’ll kick off a story together as a class, then split off into smaller groups, taking the story in different directions, and everyone will get to write their own ending – be it romantic, gruesome, spectacular, tragic, victorious or heart-breaking. Choose your own adventure!




Rhythm and Rhyme Challenge

Did you know that twice a year The School for Young Writers runs a writing competition for students in Year 4 to 11? There are great prizes and selected winning pieces are published in our magazine Write On.

Our latest competition is open now and this time we want you to get rhyming!

Write a poem of at least ten lines with a regular rhyming pattern and a regular rhythm. The deadline is October the 20th but why wait until then?


Great Prizes

Years 4–6: Three winners receive a $25 Scorpio Books voucher each.

Year 7–8: Three winners receive a $30 Scorpio Books voucher each.

Years 9–11: Three winners receive a $40 Scorpio Books voucher each.


Download the entry form and some hints here:


Keen to rhyme? Now is the time!