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Queen’s Birthday Weekend fiction course …

We’re running another of our three-day fiction courses on Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 10am to 4pm, 4,5,6th June. We’re back in our beautiful building overlooking Albert Park. Learn how to craft a compelling story from your own life experiences. We teach you how to develop great scene writing; to write effective dialogue; how to Show rather than Tell and how to tune into the melodic and rhythmic qualities of language. Have fun with a group of passionate storytellers like you!
Enrol here

A very flash book

Thirty Week Fiction Course graduate Lucas Miles is celebrating the publication of his story, The Wolf and the Deer.

A former hot yoga teacher who hails from the United States, Lucas entered his flash fiction — a piece of writing of 1000 words of less — in the Oxford Flash Fiction competition last year, and was “chuffed” to see it rank in the top 20 stories from an estimated 800 global entrants.

Check out the book here

Lucas meditates on his next creative endeavour.

Free follow-up workshop for our Introduction and Summer School graduates

If you are a graduate of one of the above courses, we’re running a free follow up workshop on Tuesday 31st May at 6-8.30pm at 23 Princes St. The intention is to help kick start your writing and to build on the skills you learned on the introductory course. No matter if you haven’t been doing much writing since your first course. Please come along and we’ll help change that!
Email us at by 18th May if you’d like to attend. All graduates welcome.

A journey of resilience

Thirty Week Fiction / Memoir Course graduate and former professional folkloric dancer Elena Philp’s book Wolf at my Door has been well received since it was published last year. Falling in the Body, Mind, Spirit genre, it documents the onslaught of her lupus, prolonged periods of illness and eventual recovery. It’s also a meditation on aspects of love – marital, parental, spiritual — and compassion from people such as hospital workers, body workers, homeopaths, friends, strangers, priests, and healers.
Critically acclaimed New Zealand author Tina Shaw called Elena’s story “a journey of bravery, of spirituality, and the finding of strength in one’s family”. This year Elena was awarded a poetry mentorship with Anne Kennedy through the New Zealand Society of Authors. Elena was one of 14 emerging writers accepted for a mentorship, from a record 134 entries, with judges praising the entries as “simply excellent”.

Read more about Elena here.

Cinematic odyssey

Thirty Week graduate Maza White is hosting a special cast and crew screening of not one but four of her short films. The prolific writer, director and film-maker became inspired to mine the poignant topics of her past when she took the Creative Hub course. Among the films she’s written are Shadows, (about a little girl who gets creative to support her mother); The Battle, in which a teen overcomes the pressure to be thin; Maryam about an Iranian mother who confronts a horrific crime committed against her daughter; and Daughter of God, (funded by the NZ Film Commission), about an arranged marriage sprung on an Iranian-Kiwi.
Read more about Maza’s work here.

Get write to it …

It’s time to put on your big kid pants and share your work at Inside Out Open Mic for Writers, May 11, 6-9pm, Mt Albert Community and Leisure Centre. Bring your poems, flash fiction, short story, novel excerpts, performance poetry to read aloud, or simply take it all in from the audience and get inspired.

Storytellers of the future

Hana Mereraiha
Now there’s another reason to enter the Te Tauihu Short Story Awards, which are open to scribes across Aotearoa writing in either English or te reo Māori. The judge for the English category is Renée, winner of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction.

“Māori expressions of thought in the medium of storytelling are deeply embedded into our cultural practices,” says te reo Māori category judge, Hana Mereraiha, who works for Māori TV and has collaborated with Lorde.
“When our stories are written they become tangible expressions of our beliefs, our values and identity with all their colourful textures, laying foundation to our story tellers of the future.”

The Rātā Foundation joins Nelson’s two superb independent bookstores, Page & Blackmore Booksellers and Volume The Space for Books, as Gold sponsors. Be in to win $4,000, shared equally by the finalists. Authors can also request feedback from the shortlisting judges by paying a small fee (in addition to the entry fee.) Entries close May 31. The shortlist will be released in mid June and winners announced June 30.

Visit to enter


Introduction to Creative Writing, in classroom

Start Date: Thu 9th June 2022, 6pm to 8.30pm. Six weekly classes (anytime Online)
Have a go! This course is intended to introduce you to the skills and techniques that make story-telling so enjoyable. You might already keep a journal, or have written some poetry or short stories, but would like to discover 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 ...

30 Week Fiction / Memoir Course

Start Date: 6-9pm, Tues, 20th Sept, 2022 (anytime 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. It is chaired by John Cranna, Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize. More detail ...
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