Haiku workshop inspires creativity

To celebrate Canterbury Japan Day, Tūranga Library hosted an evening workshop on Haiku Poetry on Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4. Guest speaker Barbara Strang delivered an excellent grounding in the theory of writing Haiku - throwing the 5,7,5 English syllable structure we know out of the window. This 5,7,5 syllable pattern only works when using Japanese…
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Shortest fiction on the shortest day: National Flash Fiction Day – Wednesday 22 June

Flash fiction is an experimental literary form that links together many traditional forms of narrative while also pushing on boundaries of poetry and dialogue. Here's a chance to enjoy and celebrate it! The National Flash Fiction Day (NFFD) Christchurch event, Flash in the Pan, will be held at Space Academy, 371 St Asaph Street on…
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The Strange Sagas Short Story and Illustration Competition for Canterbury kids aged 6 to 12 years old

We'd like to share information on this local competition for kids - entries must be received by 6 May 2016. Local author and NZSA member Michele Clark McConnochie is celebrating the release of the final book in The Strange sagas of Sabrina Summers trilogy. This competition is dyslexia friendly - just have fun with your…
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NaNoWriMo one week on

It's over a week since I started writing this year's NaNoWriMo, and it's been rough going. Since my plot has veered markedly off-plan I've been frantically trying to keep one step ahead of my typing, but often my brain is slow in coming up with ideas. And the plot holes! My god, the plot holes…
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No plot? No problem!

National Novel Writing Month started on Sunday, the 1st of November, or for the super keen, after midnight on October 31st. To the uninitiated, this is the month set aside for those of us crazy enough to attempt to write 50,000 words by the end of November (about 1667 words a day). This isn't my…
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