Pledge to aid young writers
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
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.