EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL 2023
We know that life and school and exams and assessments… and everything that goes with it for students has become a bit of a mountain during these difficult times, so have made the decision to postpone our inaugural Write Now Student Conference until 2023.
We are absolutely committed to bringing you this wonderful event concept and look forward to bringing it together for you next year. In the meantime if you’d like to find out more about what we’re planning, please read the blogs and do register your interest for the next event now so we can keep you in the loop.
Jo, Karen & Alex
Secondary students, find your real voice at Write Now 2022
Are you trapped in the vortex of writing for academia? Would you love your writing style to truly reflect your authentic self, to learn how to represent your own voice through words?
At this one-of-a-kind two-day conference, you will begin learning how to flick academic writing off like a switch and turn on to your true style.
At Write Now 2022 you might be keen to explore a raft of genres, trying them on like swanky get-ups in a shopping spree dressing room montage. Or you might be drawn to a particular genre that speaks to you above all the rest.
Wherever your creativity leads you, we invite you to draw inspiration from our high calibre keynote speakers and workshop presenters, while finding community amongst your fellow aspiring writers.
be inspired by creative presenters
Our goal for the conference is to allow you to sample a variety of styles, approaches, and types of writing. We’ve looked for presenters who work outside the world of secondary school writing; our keynotes and workshops offer insights into writing in the real world.
Speakers include Daisy Lavea-Timo, New Zealand born Sāmoan spoken word poet, Esther Hercus, a Ministerial Advisor and speech writer for Hon Jan Tinetti MP, and Paul Wolffram, an Associate Professor at the School of English, Film, Theatre, Media Studies, and Art History, at Victoria University. As well as keynotes, each will also be presenting workshops, where you can apply what you’ve absorbed.
find freedom through writing, and find your people
Naturally there will be loads of opportunity for you to write, but also to engage with writing students from all over the country as part of a writing community. We’re passionate about seeing you leave inspired to write in whatever text type appeals to you, and with heightened awareness of how useful, self-expressive and important a skill writing is.
stay on for a bit
Write Now 2022 is scheduled for the start of the school holidays, so you and your whanau might like to stay on for a while in Hawke’s Bay.
There’s lots to get out and do, whether you’re travelling by car, foot, or bike. Personally, we’d recommend an ebike (they’re easy to hire here) so you can explore the amazing network of bike trails, which offer views of orchards, country and coast.
And Hawke’s Bay isn’t called ‘Food and Wine Country’ for nothing! The incredible range of foodie delights on offer are something to devour at every opportunity, whether it’s at one of the many fab cafes, restaurants or food trucks, or the acclaimed Hawke’s Bay Farmer’s Market.
Hawke’s Bay also has a thriving arts scene to bite into. Whether it is exploring the Sea Walls enviro-activist street art, unlocking taonga at the MTG, or a night at the colourful Toitoi Arts & Events centre, there are many rich experiences to be had.
this is so me!
Come and join us all at Write Now 2022 for two days immersed in the joy of writing, find your voice, and find your tribe.
Early Bird Registrations end on April 30th.
Plus we’re putting together some snazzy t-shirts to commemorate the conference. Use that registration option if you’d like to grab one.