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3 days ago

The Write Coach

With Elizabeth Palmer from Hastings Library, I just spoke at the first of three ‘Heretaunga Stories’ events. It was a great experience - both to speak, and to listen to others. If you’re in Hawke’s Bay, try to get to the other evenings, (Dec 1st and Dec 8th) with different speakers/artists each time.

www.toitoivenues.co.nz/whats-on/item/62/heretaunga-stories?t=featured&s=3
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With Elizabeth Palmer from Hastings Library, I just spoke at the first of three ‘Heretaunga Stories’ events. It was a great experience - both to speak, and to listen to others. If you’re in Hawke’s Bay, try to get to the other evenings, (Dec 1st and Dec 8th) with different speakers/artists each time. 

https://www.toitoivenues.co.nz/whats-on/item/62/heretaunga-stories?t=featured&s=3

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1 week ago

The Write Coach

The lovely Jo Morris is a writing coach - that's why her Insta handle is @thewritecoach 👌🏻😂 While she has Masters degrees in English and Creative Writing (poetry), her first love is helping other writers find their voices. Since leaving the classroom four years ago, she has worked with schools, businesses, individual writers and communities, and in schools, boardrooms, cafes and prisons. She’s delighted and moved when people trust her to help them tell their stories. Come and hear Jo's story as part of Heretaunga Stories - at the Hastings City Art Gallery on November 26. Kicks off at 7pm, free entry. ...

2 weeks ago

The Write Coach

I’m privileged to be a part of this - on November 26th.This month we have an amazing three-part series where 13 local artists, across many different disciplines, will come together to explore what it means to be from, live and play in Heretaunga in brand new, never-before-seen work. These shows are completely free entry, with the first one happening at 7pm on November 26, over at Hastings City Art Gallery - Te Whare Toi o Heretaunga. Stay tuned to hear which incredible local creatives are taking part... ...

I’m privileged to be a part of this - on November 26th.
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With Elizabeth Palmer from Hastings Library, I just spoke at the first of three ‘Heretaunga Stories’ events. It was a great experience - both to speak, and to listen to others. If you’re in Hawke’s Bay, try to get to the other evenings, (Dec 1st and Dec 8th) with different speakers/artists each time.
Link in my bio
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I hope Beyoncé would be flattered by these themed cocktails! #hensparty #cocktails @mister_murdoch @inspiredeventco ...

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I recently became a Nana for the first time, and I’m having so much fun building my Grandson’s library. What are you absolute favourite picture books, that should be on my list? ...

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Hard to believe Christmas is already in the shops! It’s nice to think about the festive season after the uncertainty that has been 2020. I don’t know if I’ll ever beat my book tree from a few years back. All it needs is a few more books wrapped up underneath it! ...

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Blog post!

You’re preparing an important Powerpoint in your office (or twirling your chair and throwing rolled up paper at the bin) when a new email pings onto your screen.

You open it and have to read it twice before you can believe it. The writer, a client, has stormed past grumpy into outright nasty. You’re shocked. Upset. Angrily, you hit ‘reply’.

Don’t! Find out what you should do by following the link in my bio to my new blog post..
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Boredom Buster 60

Well, I live in Hawke’s Bay, so at the moment there’s one word on everyone’s mind: rain.
Write about rain.
As a warmup, you might want to read Hone Tuwhare’s wonderful poem ‘Rain,’ which is readily available on the internet.

Happy writing!

#writingprompts #writingforfun #thewritecoach
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WHAT I DO: TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS

I’ve worked with teachers, departments, faculties, the Ministry of Education and NZQA.
I’LL HELP YOU:
⭐️Write clear and effective assessment tasks and schedules.
⭐️Understand how to make students effective writers in your subject.
⭐️Find and use a common language in your department, faculty and school.
⭐️Use a unified voice in your school coomunications.
⭐️Work on literacy goals in your Community of Learning.
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Fancy doing some writing over the weekend? Here’s a prompt to get you started.

And one more. Boredom Busters 58
Aren’t clouds amazing! Write about these clouds, or clouds of your own.
⛅️ Go and lie outside and look up. Write about the clouds you see.
☁️ Or write about clouds in a memory you hold dear.
🌦Or use the word as a metaphor... a clouded mind?
🌩Come to think of it, my husband sometimes drinks cloudy beer - maybe that gets you started!

Happy Writing!
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Currently, I'm working with @toitoivenues and @hdlibraries on an exciting project called 'Connect.' I'll be sharing more about it in coming weeks. Here's me talking with Mr Peter Price about his days as a competitive swimmer and swimming coach, and the wonderful community he was a part of. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Palmer.) ...

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Captain Cook as you’ve never seen him. #gisborne #captaincook #screwthecolonists ...

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FREE WRITING WORKSHOP THIS FRIDAY

Sharing Christmas memories is fun! Write about what Christmas means to you and create something that will be cherished by your loved ones.

In this workshop, I will help you recall specific moments and details and turn those memories into a piece of writing to share with whanau, family and friends.

Friday 30th October 10:00am Hastings Library

To find out more and register, go to the link in my bio
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Boredom Buster 57
This quilt hangs in the Birthing Unit at Wellington Hospital. Use it as a writing prompt today. You could:
🧶write about a quilt in your family, or that you own.
🧵write about a crafted gift you’ve given or received.
🧶explore what the word ‘patchwork’ means to you
🧵write in any other way that arises from the image.
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Boredom Buster 56
Perspective. (The image is by M.C. Escher, who famously explored perspectives in many of his works.)
✍️Write a three part story, about one incident or event.
🗣Each part has to be from a different person’s perspective.
🤔Aim for different versions of the event, depending on the narrator’s perspective/point of view.
Happy Writing!
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Boredom Buster 55
Birth, or New, or Born.
What do those words mean to you? What experiences spring to mind? What stories do you want to tell? 👶🏽 Write between 200-400 words, making every word count. 👶🏼Once you’ve finished, go back and cut 10 words out.
Happy Writing!
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The winner of my giveaway chose treats and books that both look worth devouring! Have you read either of these? Let me know what your thoughts were! ...

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What I do: Business

I can help you, your team or your organisation write with clarity and power, in a way that best serves your needs.
I’LL HELP YOU:
⭐️Word that tricky flyer, pamphlet or email so your message reaches the right people, the right way.
⭐️Establish a tone and writing style for your business.
⭐️Develop language for websites and publications.
⭐️Analyse and improve the language of your existing website and publications.
⭐️Work with individuals or whole organisations on language that fits your purpose and audience, including in-house communications.
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Thank you again for all the entries on my giveaway! What a great list of NZ businesses.
The winner, @widdle_munchkin will be enjoying vouchers from @babco_nz and @brucemckenziebooks
Keep an eye out for future giveaways!
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⭐️ Giveaway Alert ⭐️

Is there any better way to spend a weekend morning than browsing for a new book, then cracking it open in your favourite cafe, over a coffee and cake?
I want to shout one lucky winner just that, and help you support your favourite local businesses.

Prize:
$40 voucher to a book store of your choice
$20 voucher to a cafe of your choice

To enter:
•Let me know where you would choose vouchers for, by tagging your fave local bookshop and cafe in the comments
•Tag a friend you’d take along. One tag = one entry, so enter as many times as you like. Just make sure you’ve tagged your businesses of choice in your first comment.
•Share this post to your story for a bonus entry.
•You must be following @thewritecoach to be eligible.

Don’t forget to check out the book stores and cafes other people are tagging - you might find a new local, or create an epic book lovers NZ roadie! I would be choosing between @littleblackbirdeatery and @13thstag for my coffee, and shopping at @wardinibooks

Winner will be drawn on Friday, 2nd October and contacted via Instagram or Facebook. NZ only. Giveaway is not associated with or sponsored by instagram or Facebook.
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I completed a series of memoir workshops last week with these lovely people, and am beyond delighted to share this link with you, where some of them have shared their work. I think what they've written is amazing - please visit the link in my bio and see for yourself. ...

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What I do: Community Work

I’m happiest when helping people find their voice on a page and love working with any kind of group or community. I’ve successfully run both one-off and series of workshops in schools, libraries and prisons, with a wide range of ages, abilities and interests.

I can:
⭐️Run a wide range of writing workshops which are non-threatening and fun.

⭐️ Teach groups how to critique work in a helpful, non-challenging way.

⭐️ Help create group publications.
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