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Spend time working on your stories, poetry, script, non-fic, and get handy tips, which will inspire you to finish your writing!

Each session you’ll get time to write and meet local authors, publishers, scriptwriters, lyricists and poets, who can answer your questions about how to get published!

War Memorial Library Fridays, 4:30pm-6pm (starts 10 August)

FREE. Ages 13-21 welcome.

Check out the event on Facebook for more information.

Friday 10 August - Rose Duxfield

Rose is a singer, songwriter, and musical comedian who's been writing songs and stories for as long as she can remember. She's been performing as a singer/songwritier since 2007, has written three musicals, and was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Wellington RAW Comedy Quest.

You can find more of her work on her website.

Friday 17 August - Rudy Castañeda López

Rudy is a celebrated artist and writer that grew up in Whittier, California, USA and moved to New Zealand in 1986. He's taught in secondary and tertiary art education in various placements around New Zealand up until 2014.

He has two published novels, The Song of Laughing Bird (National Pacific Press, 2005) and Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder (Escalator Press, 2015). López's short story Life Class earned him the Honour Award in the New Zealand Writing School Short Story Competition in 2013. Since 2014, López has been focussing on writing full-time.

Friday 24 August - Trish Harris

Trish has worked with words over the last thirty years - writing, editing, creating, and tutoring. She has a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing) from Whitireia New Zealand. Her memoir, The Walking Stick Tree (2016), includes four personal essays plus illustrations. Her debut poetry collection, My wide white bed, was published last year.

"I love playing with language. And I love the challenge of capturing deeply personal experiences."

Friday 31 August - Rob Hack and Anne Barwell

Rob has lived in Paekakariki since 2005, after a third attempt to live across the ditch. He has been an insurance salesman, greenkeeper, builder, personal trainer, gym owner, factory hand, gardener, shop assistant etc. He's performed his poems in Kāpiti and Wellington for 15 years and hosts a poetry show on Paekakariki FM radio called Not at the Table: poetry and stuff.

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington. She works in a library and is an avid reader and watcher of a wide range of genres. She enjoys writing fantasy, SF, and historical, with a touch of contemporary. Music often plays a part in her stories and/or her characters are musicians. Find out more on her website.

Friday 7 September - Angel Pohio-Domingos

Angel is a filmmaker. Last year she wrote and produced (with a team) a short film version of her feature Irena. Irena was a Polish Social Worker captured and tortured by Nazi Soldiers when it was revealed she helped children escape from the Warsaw Ghetto during WW2.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in English from Massey University and a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia. She's currently finishing another short film (it's more doco but with a lot of creative elements). She has a non-fiction book coming out in February and is working on a YA Sci-Fi novel. Find out more on her website.

Friday 14 September - Julia Marshall

Julia is the founder and publisher of Gecko Press, international publishers of curiously good children's books from around the world since 2004. Gecko Press won New Zealand Publisher of the Year in 2017.

Julia is on the Board of the New Zealand Book Council. She also translates children's books from Swedish to English! Find out more at Gecko Press.

Unfortunately Julia is no longer able to make it. We’ll have someone from the awesome team at Escalator Press in to talk to us about publishing instead.

Friday 21 September - Jackson Nieuwland and Carolyn DeCarlo

Jackson Nieuwland is a genderqueer, pākehā writer and editor born and raised in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. They write stories, poems, and non-fiction about Kanye West, robots, triplets, and boxes. They like unicorns, popcorn, and the colour pink. Find out more on their website.

Carolyn DeCarlo is an American-born writer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with her partner, Jackson, and two very important boycats, Ziggy and Jareth. She has written several poetry chapbooks, including Bound: An Ode to Falling in Love (Compound Press, 2014) with Jackson Nieuwland and Green Place (Enjoy Journal, 2015). She is the co-creator of the Wellington-based reading collective, Food Court. Find out more on her website.