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Writing by the Estuary

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Estuary Arts Centre

214b Hibiscus Coast Highway

Orewa

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Come and join us for a writing workshop that focusses on the natural environment, set within a stone’s throw of the stunning Orewa Estuary, and just a few minutes from Orewa Beach. The morning is dedicated to poetry, and the afternoon to short stories and flash fiction. The sessions will include discussion, tutoring and an opportunity to interact with the environment and generate writing through that interaction.

Date: Sunday 24th June 2018

Location: Estuary Arts Centre, 214b Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa

Cost: $20 per session or $40 for the whole day (plus ticket processing fees charged by the ticket seller).

Note that we have been able to reduce the price from that previously advertised due to a grant from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board.

Lunch is self catered, and there is a café on site, as well as other eating options within walking distance.

Morning Session (9am-12pm): Writing in the Present Moment, led by Richard von Sturmer

Being attentive to the present moment, to the natural world and to our own nature, is essential for good, poetic writing. In this session we will explore haiku and tanka, forms of Japanese poetry now widely practised in the West. Writing haiku gives us a way of responding to what is happening around us, while tanka adds a personal, imaginative dimension.

Richard von Sturmer is a well known New Zealand writer. His poetry has been included in An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry (Oxford University Press, 1997), and more recently in the NZ Poetry Yearbook for 2017 and 2018. Six collections of his writing have been published including: A Network of Dissolving Threads (AUP, 1991), Suchness: Zen Poetry and Prose (HeadworX, 2005), Book of Equanimity Verses (Puriri Press, 2013) and This Explains Everything (Atuanui Press, 2016).

Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm): Where on earth are you? – Using the environment in short fiction

It’s almost impossible to write a compelling piece of fiction without giving readers a hint of the scene in which it’s set. If it’s absent, how do we get across the colours, the smells, the sounds and textures, the air, the time, the very ground on which we stand? But how much description is just right and how much is too much? Join Lindsey Dawson for a three-hour session on creating engaging stories in which the environment plays a part. This workshop is an opportunity to study inspiring examples, discuss why they work, enjoy some outside time for observation and launch yourself into a range of exercises aimed at helping you write in the brightest and best way you can. Story sharing will be encouraged. No need to bring anything except pen, paper and your active imagination.

Lindsey Dawson spent many years editing top monthly magazines, including Next, before beginning a book writing career in which she has written nine books, the latest of which is a historical novel, Scarlet & Magenta. Her titles are a mix of fiction and non-fiction and include a memoir-writing guide, available on Kindle, called Crack Your Life.

This workshop is organised by Orewa Writers Group. Queries can be directed to Kristin Stock (kmstock@actrix.co.nz)

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