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Free follow up workshop

Yes, its that time of year again where we start running our free refresher workshops for graduates of our Introductory course and Summer School. Our next Auckland workshop is at 6pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday 25th May at 23 Princes St, CBD. Please email us at by 17th May if you would like to attend! All welcome, regardless of when you completed the course.

Truth on the stairs

Carports, kitchens and stairwells are the unlikely locations in Leanne Radojkovich’s second short story collection. The graduate of the forerunner to our 30 Week Fiction Course releases Hailman (published by The Emma Press) during the Auckland Writers Festival, on May 11 at Mojo Bledisloe, 5-6.30pm.

Fellow writers Frankie McMillan and Zoe Meager will also read stories at the event.
Leanne’s previous collection First Fox, published in 2017, received praise from the likes of Landfall and Literature Works UK. Frankie McMillan describes Leanne’s new book as “full of insight into the human condition, with a poet’s eye for the natural world”. Read some of Leanne’s work.

Or browse the festival’s vast array of events, writer talks and workshops at

Hub tutor wins top award

Congratulations to Creative Hub tutor Fiona Sussman, whose novel Addressed to Greta has been named the winner at the NZ Booklovers Awards for Best Adult Fiction 2021. The comic novel follows a meek woman in her 30s who embarks on a global adventure after receiving an unexpected inheritance. The judges described Greta as “one of the most well-realised and endearing figures in recent New Zealand fiction”. Fiona said the win was “a surprise and a lovely endorsement”.
Tina Shaw, Chris Stuart and fellow Hub tutor Eileen Merriman (The Silence of Snow) were among the other finalists. Fiona is a graduate of the forerunner to our Thirty Week Fiction Course. Entries are now open for the 2022 awards; go to

Her dark materials

Speaking of Eileen Merriman, the prolific award-winning author and Hub graduate is about to release her fourth novel for young adults, and its themes are prescient. Violet Black is the first in a new series, The Black Spiral Trilogy. Set in the near future, Violet Black and Ethan Wright have contracted the lethal M-fever – the few who survive develop super strength.

Read a review.

Mentor for Mandy

Hub graduate Mandy McMullin has been named as one of 13 recipients of a mentorship programme designed to encourage emerging writers. The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaitui O Aotearoa attracted an unprecedented 132 applications across the literary spectrum. Mentees are paired with some of New Zealand’s most esteemed writers, including Hub graduate Rosetta Allan, Catherine Chidgey and Siobhan Harvey (the latter was also one of the judges).
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The fly, the dog and the scribe

Anyone with a promising manuscript gathering dust will feel inspired by news from Hub graduate Monique Rowe.

One Christmas she found a story she’d written when she was younger, and decided to have it illustrated. The result is The Fly That Flew, which takes young readers on an amusing fly-chasing expedition around the house.
Monique followed it up with Should I Pat Pat? in which the author helps kids learn what to do should they see a dog out for a walk.

“My artist grandmother wrote a story book for me full of her beautiful paintings and tales of what the birds in her garden were getting up to,” says Monique. “Some of which I have turned into stories and cannot wait to publish as a tribute to her.”
Monique’s books have been illustrated by Rebecca Gibbs. :Visit Monique’s website.


Introduction to Creative Writing

6-8.30pm, Wednesday 28th April 2021, six weeks (or any time online)
Have a go! This course is intended to introduce you to some of the basic skills and techniques that can make writing so enjoyable. You might already keep a journal, or have written some poetry or short stories, but would like to find out about some of the tools professional writers use to make their work publishable. If so, this course is for you. Graduates receive a 10% discount on our 30 Week Fiction Course. Taught by Creative Hub director John Cranna. More detail ...

Thirty Week Fiction / Memoir Writing Course

6-9.00pm, Tuesday 21st Sept 2021, thirty weeks (or any time online)
This course is for those who want to write a novel, short stories, or a memoir / autobiography. We provide a fun and stimulating environment in which you can discover your authentic writing voice. Many graduates of this course have published books, some in London and New York. The 30 week, two semester course starts in Sept 2021 and runs until May 2022 with a break for one-on-one mentoring over the summer. More detail ...
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