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  • Events, Happenings, Stephen, Writing

    Creative writing workshops this week!

    17.07.17 | Permalink | Comment?

    Got something to say but you can’t quite work out how to say it? Join renowned poet and educator Jo Morris for two creative writing workshops at your libraries this week, and learn how to tame the written word with a stroke of your pen.

    We have two sessions on offer:

    Karori Library — Thursday 20th July, 4:00pm

    This session is targeted at writers aged 13+, and will focus on essential writing skills and honing your creative ideas and your ability to express them. Spaces are limited, so register your interest at Karori Library by coming up to the help desk on the ground floor, giving us a call on 476 8413, or emailing enquiries@wcl.govt.nz to secure your place.

    Central Library — Friday 21st July, 2:00pm

    This session is targeted at writers aged 13+, and will specifically explore LGBTQI+ issues through the act of writing. No registration is required for this event — we would love to see you all there! 🙂

    These events are part of our Beyond the Page literary festival for children and youth. For more information, visit http://beyondthepage.nz.

    Creative Writing with Jo Morris


  • Adrienne, Competition, Māori literature, Writing

    Māori Language Week writing competition – Win stuff!

    27.07.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Māori Language Week writing competition – Win stuff!

    Mawhai Tuhituhi 1

    Māwhai Tuhituhi online Te Reo writing competition for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

    Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2015, kei te mahi pakiwaitara tuhituhi ā-ipurangi Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui, ā, ka taea e koe e tō kura rānei he taonga te wini.

    Kua oti kē i te kaituhi rongonui haere nei a Paora Tibble, te whiti tuatahi te tuhituhi, ā, māu e āpiti atu ō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, hei te 27-31 o Hūrae.

    Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā (tae atu ki te 200 kupu), mai i ia reanga, ka mutu hoki ngā pakiwaitara hei te ahiahi o te Paraire te 31 o Hūrae.

    Ko ngā Reanga: (Kura Tuarua) te Tau 9-13

    Ka whiwhi  taonga te toa kaituhi, ā, mō te kura e nui ana te takiuru mai  : he haki hei hoko pukapuka

    Kia whai wāhi koe ki te wini, tūhono mai ā-ipurangi ka tuhituhi mai rā: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi

     

    mawhai tuhituhi 2

    To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2015, Wellington City Libraries are weaving an online story, with the chance for you and your school to win a cool prize.

    Well-known author, Paora Tibble, will write the first paragraph but we need you to continue the story each day, from 27-31 July.

    A paragraph (up to 200 words) will be selected each day to continue the story, and the stories will finish on Friday afternoon, 31 July.

    Age Group is: Year 9-13 high school students

    A prize will be awarded to an overall winner, (Samsung 7” lite tablet) and book vouchers ( worth $250.00) for the school with the most entries.

    For your chance to win, join us online and weave your story: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi


  • Adrienne, Internet, Library, Māori literature, Writing

    Māwhai Tuhituhi online Te Reo writing competition for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

    18.07.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Māwhai Tuhituhi online Te Reo writing competition for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

    Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, kei te mahi pakiwaitara tuhituhi ā-ipurangi Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui, ā, ka taea e koe e tō kura rānei ētahi taonga te wini.

    Kua oti kē i te kaituhi rongonui haere nei a Paora Tibble te whiti tuatahi te tuhituhi, ā, māu e āpiti atu ō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, hei te 21-25 o Hūrae.

    Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā (tae atu ki te 200 kupu), mai i ia reanga, ka mutu hoki ngā pakiwaitara hei te ahiahi o te Paraire te 25 o Hūrae.

    Ko ngā Reanga: (Kura) Tau 1-8, me te Tau 9-13

    Ko ngā taonga ia rā he pēke whare pukapuka, he kāri koha, he haki pukapuka hoki.

    Ko ngā taonga mā ngā toa tuhituhi kotahi iPapa mō ia reanga, ā, he haki e $250 hei hoko pukapuka mō ngā kura o ngā toa tuhituhi.

    Ko te kura hoki he tokomaha rawa ana kaituhi ka wini hoki i te haki pukapuka e $250!

    Kia whai wāhi koe ki te wini, tūhono mai ā-ipurangi ka tuhituhi mai rā: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi

     

    To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, Wellington City Libraries are weaving an online story, with the chance for you and your school to win some cool prizes.

    Well-known author, Paora Tibble, has written the first paragraph but we need you to continue the story each day, from 21-25 July.

    A paragraph (up to 200 words) will be selected, daily, from each age group, and the stories will finish on Friday afternoon, 25 July.

    Age Groups are: (School) Year 1-8, and Year 9-13

    Daily prizes include library bags, concession cards and book vouchers.

    The prizes for overall winners include an iPad for each age group winner, plus $250 of book vouchers for the winners’ schools.

    The school with the most contributors will also win $250 of book vouchers!

    For your chance to win, join us online and weave your story: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi


  • Happenings, Music, Wellington, Writing

    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 13-14 June

    13.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 13-14 June

    This weeks weekend is all about the stars, every pun intended. It’s official Matariki celebrations have started and as a continuation from last weekend there are a host of events about the town to keep us all entertained.

    Like any good New Year shindig Matariki’s all about reflecting on the year that has past and ushering in, hopefully, an even better one. While looking back and forward can mean a whole lot of different things to all of us the spirit of the season is to come together, share and celebrate. So with that in mind here’s a run down of Matariki inspired events to get us out and about with our municipal kinfolk.

    As usual our shiny waterfront centrepiece Te Papa has a plethora of things on. They’re putting on a concert series with some great artists appearing Friday night including; Whirimako Black, Mihirangi and J & his geeks for all you NZ’s Got Talent fans. A clebration of the last year in New Zealand film making will happen on Sunday under the moniker of Matariki Film Festival: Whanau Shorts 2013. A Matariki craft village will also pop up on Saturday in the foyer to showcase a wide range of crafts for all you bohemian folk. This year there is an emphasis on navigation and it could be a great time for all you young adventurers to scrub up on South Pacific exploration.

    Just outside Te Papa there will also be waka tours on Saturday.

    One of our other swell museums, the Museum of Wellington: City & Sea is currently running an exhibition celebrating the creativity of us all here at Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui (the head of Maui’s fish).

    If you’d prefer something a bit more literary and find yourself over the age of 15 Patricia Grace’s Tu has been adapted by Hone Kouka and is running at Circa Theatre.

    Want to hang with stars in another way? Author Mal Peet will be popping into the Central Library on Sunday to run a special one off creative writing course for young writers.

    In sport the local roller derby girls meet again in TSB for a bout between Smash Malice & Brutal Pageant.

    If you’ve tuned in to find something for your playlist this week why not try Portugal. The Man. Off of their new album Evil Friends here’s ‘Atomic Man’. Happy weekend!


  • Books, Internet, Library Serf, Writing

    How is a book made?

    10.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on How is a book made?

    Ever wondered what goes into producing a book? Lauren Oliver, author of the bestselling Delirium trilogy, explains all about it in this series of videos, from coming up with an idea to printing and promoting.


  • Happenings, Writing

    Writing Workshop with Fleur Beale

    20.03.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Writing Workshop with Fleur Beale

    If you’re interested in creative writing, then read on!

    The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie is hosting an afternoon’s writing workshop for teenagers with the great Fleur Beale on Sunday the 28th of April. Places are very limited, so be in quick and email books@thechildrensbookshop.co.nz – you can also visit their Facebook page for more information (time, cost etc.).


  • Internet, Library Serf, Writing

    More successful teen authors

    02.10.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on More successful teen authors

    It’s well known that it’s very hard to get your book published. Some writers slave away for years before their first success, while some fortunate and talented people get published as teens. A little while ago we did an investigation into the teen publishing phenomenon, the result being this Top 10 list.

    The trend is still continuing, thanks to the success of Alexandra Adornetto (Halo), Kody Keplinger (The DUFF) and others, as are spotlighted in this YALSA article.

    The article has also got some suggestions for websites for aspiring writers, so it’s well worth a read if you love writing.

    Which reminds us, it’s just one month from Nanowrimo (“thirty days and nights of literary abandon”), where you get to attempt to write a novel in 30 days (while still keeping on top of NCEA).


  • Competition, Library Serf, Writing

    Re-Draft 2012

    17.09.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Re-Draft 2012

    Re-Draft is an annual writing competition for teenagers organised by the School for Young Writers in Christchurch, and it’s now on!

    Entries close on the 30th of September, and the entry form for the competition is here. The best entries get published in the annual Re-Draft anthology (which gets named after one of the stories in the collection).

    This year’s judges are Tessa Duder and James Norcliffe, who are, we are told, really looking forward to seeing what this year’s entrants have to offer.

    We have some previous years’ anthologies in the library.


  • Grimm, Writing

    Looking for Inspiration

    16.09.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Looking for Inspiration

    If you’re reading a Melina Marchetta book for NCEA/school (or just because), you might be interested to hear (read) that she’s guest featuring on the blog Between the Lines over the next few days. She’s posting about her thoughts on her books, providing some background and insights into the characters. So far she’s written about Saving Francesca, and Looking for Alibrandi, but there’s more to come, so keep checking in with her.

    Also, Froi of the Exiles is due out soon.

    On a slight tangent, there are lots of authors who blog regularly, sometimes including enlightening posts about what it means to write, like this one on writer’s block by Kristin Cashore for example.

    (Thanks to Kym, my personal MM RSS reader.)


  • Adrienne, Events, Writing

    Reminder- Writing Class With John Marsden

    02.08.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Reminder- Writing Class With John Marsden

    This has nearly sold out; only a few places left. Hurry, hurry.

    Dets: Saturday 13th August, 10-12pm, Wellington Central Library (mezzanine room, near Clarkes Cafe), $30.

    To book: 04 387 3905 or childbkwgtn@xtra.co.nz


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