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Migrant women writing workshops in New Year

Migrant women writing workshops in New Year

A series of free writing workshops aimed at migrant women will return in February 2014.

‘New Kiwi Women Write Their Stories’ creative writing workshops, run by Auckland Council were created in 2011 for migrant women in Auckland to help them find their voice and express themselves through literature.

Women taking advantage of these fun, hands-on workshops will receive professional guidance from award winning New Zealand female writers.

A motivated group of women are encouraged to experiment with a range of creative writing techniques, culminating in the publication of a book and a public launch and reading.

Albert-Eden Local Board member Helga Arlington says that the local board is extremely pleased to be able to host another series of these workshops which are free of charge and facilitated by prolific Auckland writer Renee Liang.

“This is an amazing opportunity for newcomers to Auckland to unleash their creativity through the written word. We welcome participants of all nationalities and writing abilities, which can be either in English or another language,” says Ms Arlington.

Facilitator Renee Liang says that expression through the written word can be a great way to meet others in the community, record experiences and memories and discover new writing talent.

“Each time we’ve run the workshops, the most amazing and inspiring stories have come out,” she says. “Our writing tutors – who have included award-winning poets Riemke Ensing, Siobhan Harvey and Janet Charman and novelists Sarah Laing and Paula Morris – gain so much from teaching and listening to these women.”

The workshops run through February and will consist of two groups of up to 15 people each. Places are limited so bookings are essential to participate.

New Kiwi Women Write Their Stories

Dates: Group One: Saturdays 1, 8, 15 and 22 February
Group Two: Sundays 2, 9, 16 and 23 February
Venue: Sandringham Community Centre, 18-20 Kitchener Road, Sandringham
Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm
Cost: Free (bookings essential)

For more information visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.


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