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Writing with the wekas

Media Release

10 March 2004
Writing with the wekas

Wekas, wetas and kakas will serve as inspiration for budding and established writers at a creative writing day in the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, March 20th.

Event organiser John Curtis says the event – dubbed Tales from the Trails – is a unique opportunity to spark a passion in people about New Zealand wildlife, particularly among children and young adults.

“It’s a chance for writers from various backgrounds to come to the Sanctuary and be inspired by the amazing wildlife, and to write something – whether it be a poem, short story, or some creative non-fiction.”

The event includes guided tours through the Sanctuary, short writing workshops from writers and publishers, and readings from some of Wellington’s authors and storytellers.

A panel of judges – made up of writers, journalists and readers – will select the top stories for publication, initially in the Sanctuary newsletter and website and with a vision to one day publishing them as a book.

The project arose out of Mr Curtis’s involvement in a course run by Landmark Education in which participants each take on a project that impacts a particular community.

“The Karori Wildlife Sanctuary is an incredible resource, and we’re blessed to have it right here on our doorstep. It’s vital that young people grow up understanding how important and unique our natural heritage is. This event is a perfect way to inspire people to become responsible stakeholders in the future of New Zealand conservation.”

For further information or to register for the event please contact Sanctuary Educator Nic Newman on phone 04 920 9202.


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