Pledge to aid young writ­ers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Peo­ple want­ing to nur­ture Porirua’s next gen­er­a­tion of writ­ers can put their money where their mouth is this month.

The New Zealand Book Coun­cil is try­ing to raise $3815 for a free Oc­to­ber work­shop bring­ing to­gether col­lege-age writ­ers and New Zealand authors. The event is called Speed Date an Au­thor and has been run six times around the coun­try since 2009, but never be­fore in Porirua.

The Book Coun­cil is us­ing a new crowd­sourc­ing fundrais­ing web­site called ‘‘Pledge Me’’. Since its Fe­bru­ary launch Pledge Me has been used by Taika Waititi to re­lease his film Boy in the United States and by di­rec­tor Dun­can Sarkies to cre­ate an il­lus­trated pod­cast.

‘‘It’s a new thing for the Book Coun­cil and a new thing for New Zealand,’’ Book Coun­cil ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Sarah Forster says. Pledges need to be made by July 31 and if the money has not been raised, the event will be post­poned un­til 2013.

Rau­mati South au­thor Mandy Hager will be one of five writ­ers at the Porirua Speed Date an Au­thor event. Sixty young peo­ple will be split into groups of 12 and will have 20 min­utes with each au­thor.

Students then write a 500-word story which is sub­mit­ted to a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. The most fre­quent ques­tion Ms Hager has been asked in the past is how to get ideas for sto­ries.

‘‘They just want to know where you get your ideas from and the process of to­gether.’’

The next ques­tion is usu­ally about writ­ers’ in­comes. ‘‘ They al­ways ask how much money you make and they’re al­ways re­ally

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story dis­ap­pointed. They all think JK Rowl­ing is the norm,’’ Ms Hager says.

To help fund the project visit pledgeme.co.nz and search ‘‘speed date’’.

Pledge them: New Zealand Book Coun­cil ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Sarah Forster and Rau­mati au­thor Mandy Hager are try­ing to raise $3815 for a free writ­ing work­shop for Porirua’s col­lege kids.

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