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Youth Mentorship Programme Puts Out Call

Media Release – 25/2/2014

Youth Mentorship Programme Puts Out Call For Budding Eleanor Cattons

Three lucky secondary school students are again being given the opportunity to work with three of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to hone their writing skills and develop their craft.

The NZSA Youth Mentoring Programme 2014 is now open and offers three aspiring young writers (15-18) a 10 hour mentorship – not surprisingly the mentorships are hotly contested. 

Previous recipient Ashlee-Ann Sneller of Kaitaia devoted her time with poet Siobhan Harvey to a poetry collection and says the mentorship was an amazing experience and helped her secure an English scholarship for Auckland University, not to mention a page dedicated to her writing in her school year book.

“The mentorship helped me to see myself as an 'real' writer and gave me the confidence to show my work to the public. Before the programme, I THOUGHT I was a writer. Now I know I AM a writer.”

The intent of the programme is to foster and develop emerging writing talent with the support of established authors.The NZSA has run a highly successful mentoring programme for writers since 1999 and it is sponsored by Creative New Zealand.

Deadline: 1 April 2014

For further information and application forms:

Or email:
National Office:  PO Box 7701, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141  Tel: (09) 379 4801 


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