Te Oro Creative Writing Programme

Learn the craft of writing from a published writer.

  • Mon, 4 May at 5PM
  • Ages 14-19
  • Free
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  • Mon, 4 May at 5PM
  • Mon, 11 May at 5PM
  • Mon, 18 May at 5PM
  • Mon, 25 May at 5PM
  • Mon, 8 Jun at 5PM

This course will teach you how to create a riveting plot and structure your stories, develop exciting, believable characters, and choose the best words to tell your story with. We’ll talk about common mistakes to avoid, and tips for what to do next once you’ve written ‘the end.’
The course will be run over five 90-minute sessions once a week after school.

Melinda Szymanik

Melinda Szymanik is an award winning writer of picture books, short stories and novels for children and young adults. Her picture book, The Were-Nana, won the NZ Post Children’s Choice Award in 2009. Her novel, A Winter's Day in 1939 won Librarian's Choice at the 2014 LIANZA Awards, and her picture book Fuzzy Doodle, was a 2017 White Raven Selection by the International Youth Library in Germany. Five of her books have received Storylines Notable Book Awards. Her latest book is the short story collection Time Machine & Other Stories (Cuba Press, 2019), and Melinda also has two new picture books coming out this year.

Melinda Szymanik

Melinda Szymanik

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board