Work­shop for young writ­ers

Hastings Leader - - News -

In­ter­na­tional award-win­ning au­thor Anna Macken­zie is hold­ing a work­shop for young writ­ers on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber, 12 at 10am at the Hast­ings City Art Gallery.

From char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment to nar­ra­tive arc, Anna will share writ­ing tools and tech­niques to help young writ­ers ‘find their voice’.

Anna says of­ten what a young writer needs is the per­spec­tive and di­rec­tion that an out­side view­point gives.

“In this work­shop I’ll be aim­ing to show each young writer the way for­ward with their work.”

As an in­ter­na­tion­ally suc­cess­ful writer of award-win­ning con­tem­po­rary, his­toric and spec­u­la­tive fic­tion, Anna is qual­i­fied to pro­vide this view­point and di­rec­tion for young writ­ers.

Her books are pub­lished by in­dus­try gi­ant Pen­guin Ran­dom House.

She also ed­its mag­a­zines, teaches cre­ative writ­ing and men­tors as­pir­ing writ­ers.

Her nine ti­tles have won an NZ Hon­our Award, a Sir Julius Vo­gel Award, a White Raven award in Ger­many and seven No­table Book Awards.

She is vice-pres­i­dent of the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Au­thors.

For­mer Karamu High School li­brar­ian Jan Cloth­ier says she has seen Anna’s high school stu­dent cre­ative writ­ing work­shops in ac­tion.

“They’re fan­tas­tic and the par­tic­i­pants go away buzzing.”

Anna’s writ­ing stu­dents have pre­vi­ously won the BNZ Kather­ine Mans­field award, Sun­day Star Times and the NZSA Cen­tral Dis­tricts Short Story com­pe­ti­tions.

Anna is also run­ning work­shops for adult writ­ers dur­ing the Har­courts Hawke’s Bay Arts Fes­ti­val.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to book your place on the work­shops, go to or the Hast­ings, Have­lock North or Napier i-Site.

As­pir­ing young Hawkes Bay writ­ers are in for a treat th­ese school hol­i­days.

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