Tuesday, January 29, 2013

NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme Opens Feb 5th

Three lucky secondary school students are being given the opportunity to work with three of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to hone their writing skills and develop their craft.

The NZSA Youth Mentoring Programme is offered annually to three secondary school students (15-18) nationally and the mentorships are hotly contested. 

One of the 2012 recipients was Ashlee-Ann Sneller of Kaitaia who devoted her time with poet Siobhan Harvey to a poetry collection. She says the mentorship was an amazing experience and helped her secure an English scholarship for Auckland University, not to mention a page dedicated to her writing in her school year book.

The mentorship helped me to see myself as an 'real' writer and gave me the confidence to show my work to the public. Before the programme, I THOUGHT I was a writer. Now I know I AM a writer.”

The intent of the programme is to foster and develop emerging writing talent with the support of established authors. The NZSA has run a highly successful mentoring programme for writers since 1999 and it is sponsored by Creative New Zealand.

Forms are available on the website: http://www.authors.org.nz
National Office:  PO Box 7701, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141  Tel: (09) 379 4801  

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