Seeking Young Writers
Search

details
Seeking Young Writers
Hilary Beaton
/ Categories: Categorised

Seeking Young Writers

NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme 2021 now open

Four secondary school students will each have the opportunity to be mentored by one of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to develop their craft and hone their writing skills.

The NZ Society of Authors Youth Mentorship Programme offers aspiring young writers (aged 15-18) a mentorship, from May to November, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge.

The intent of the mentor programme is to foster and develop emerging writing talent with the support of established authors.

Aspiring Auckland writer Xiaole Zhan, was partnered with poet and editor Ivy Alvarez for her mentorship and had this to say about her experience: “I enjoyed how the mentorship was very individualised to my personal goals and needs. I also enjoyed the opportunity for open discussion which often helped me approach a concept from a different perspective. The opportunity to submit reworked sections of my manuscript for feedback also allowed me to see the ways in which I’d improved.”

Hannah Turnbull of Gisborne was partnered with award-winning novelist Anna Mackenzie for her mentorship and she commented: “I feel like I can go on from this with the skills needed to write a decent story. I still have a lot to learn, but that comes with the process, and I’ve been given the guidance I need from Anna to make that journey on my own”.

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc is the principal organisation representing writers in New Zealand.  NZSA offers support through advocacy and representation, professional development opportunities, information and guidance on publishing and the literary arts; administer prizes and awards and provide a contract advisory service. We work to protect authors incomes and are affiliated to International PEN, whereby we are a voice that upholds freedom of speech and protest against writers falsely silenced and imprisoned around the world. NZSA offers student, associate and full memberships. 

 

The NZSA has run a highly successful mentoring programme for writers since 1999, thanks to support from Creative New Zealand.

Deadline:  6 April 2021

Previous Article Temporary closure for Napier Library.
Next Article National Strategic Framework receives international recognition
Print
581 Rate this article:
No rating
 

Theme picker

Find A Library

Join Today

Public Libraries are for everyone. You can join at any age and use the library services for life.  Find your local library and become a member today. 

 

Read More

Libraries Today

Discover More

Learn about what is on offer and select those items most relevant to you. With over 40+ million items issued per year, check out the many free services, e-resources, courses and events

Read More

LIBRARY NEWS

Interesting stuff

Read what is going on in your region and across the country. Share a story about your local library and we will feature it on our local news page.

Read More

Chat

Any Questions

Click the blue chat bubble below and one of our helpful team will point you in the right direction.