Speed Date an Author

One morning. Four 25-minute workshops. Four of Aotearoa’s best writers and illustrators. What can your students achieve in this time? What ideas will you take back to your classroom?

Interactive workshops are a great way to learn, and Speed Date an Author events allow your school’s budding writers the opportunity to train with some of Aotearoa’s best poets, journalists, novelists, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators.

We organise six Speed Date an Author events every year. New Zealand Book Council Te Kaunihera Pukapuka o Aotearoa member schools are alerted first so that they can secure a booking early, and are offered a discount rate.

Schools can select ten of their most deserving pupils to take part in one of these fantastic mornings, which are usually held at a high school, local library or museum. Students are divided into four groups, with a maximum of twenty students in each.

The groups rotate around the workshops, enabling them to work closely with every writer and illustrator. Teachers who accompany their students have the chance to participate, get some great professional development, and network with colleagues.

For information email our Programmes Manager Kathryn Carmody.