Mini winter writing and story festival

Writer’s Plot Upper Hutt mini winter festival provides activities for kids and teens, in the July school holidays.  Create with fun-filled experiences through different aspects of stories, writing and books.

This winter festival combines a series of fun events –

  1. Help kids develop imagination and a love for writing and reading
  2. Promote books and storytelling  with authors from the greater Wellington region
  3. To encourage creative writing
  4. Promote and celebrate NZ writers

Koha/donation of $5 per workshop per child at the festival is very much appreciated.
Books available on the day at special discounted cost with spot prizes.

Read about our festival presenters.

Mini winter writing and story festival

Venue: Hapai Hall, Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

Date: Saturday 21st July 2018 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Programme of activities

9 am-1 pm – All Day Book Hub – meet authors, books for sale

9:15-9:35 – Reading stories with Grannie Laine

9:30-11:00 – Create realistic, dramatic and quirky characters, and put them in a story with Helen Vivienne Fletcher. Creative writing for 8-12-year olds

9:45-10:45 – Explore Storytelling with Linda Hansen. A fun activity for 6-10-year olds. Props and costumes provided

10:30-11:00– Stories and dragons with Eileen Mueller – try on some dragon wings and hear dragon stories by Eileen

11:00-1:00 – Write a short story, illustrate it and turn it into your very own book with Ben Spies. Writing and crafts for 7-12-year olds

11:00-12.30 – Hamish with Project “Story Soup”–  beta testing a writing app for 13 years and up

Story Soup is a story writing aid that presents the user with a selection of story element cards such as a character, some locations, an object, and a challenge.  it also presents a couple of Ending cards.  These can be used as prompts for short-story writing exercises or for story telling games.  You can select different Genre to create wildly different stories; Channel the Famous Five to create new adventures, create an edgy Detective Noir story, or recount the mighty legend of how the rat got its wings.
At the moment Story Soup is a project in development.  Now it needs other people to try it out to see whether it is going to behave nicely or whether there are areas where it needs more work. Those who are easily offended are advised against using it.

Presented by Writer’s Plot Bookshop, in association with the Upper Hutt Library, and is supported through the Upper Hutt Creative Communities Scheme.

With thanks to Upper Hutt library and Upper Hutt Creative Communities