A weekend of writing workshops is planned in Maketu for women who want to find their voice or explore the collaboration between writing in Te Reo Māori and English.
Writer Maketu Angie Belcher says that while there are often workshops in the wider Bay of Plenty, Maketu is often lacking.
“Similarly, there is very little happening locally that encourages Maori women to write or guides those with te reo on how to use their language skills and creativity to tell their own stories,” says Angie.
Workshop speakers include ‘word magician’, poet, publisher Jenny Argante, whārePR founder and CEO Bridgette Tapsell (Ngati Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao), author Rebecca Larson, Maori advisor and translator Justin Kereama (Tūhoe) and Tepehi McCauley (Ngāti Kirimā). Tepehi is known for her writings which communicate historical events and traditional New Zealand stories.
The workshops are for all women, regardless of age or ability.
“It’s actually a lot of fun to explore your creativity, especially with a friend or family member,” says Angie, who hopes cross-generational groups will attend.
Drop-in pre-workshop sessions will be available for those feeling hesitant as well as post-workshop sessions for additional mentorship.
These workshops are made possible through the generosity of Chloe Wright and the Wright Family Foundation.
The workshops, held at the Maketu Community Center on September 17 and 18, are free for students, beneficiaries and anyone living in the Maketu area. A donation of $10 per day is suggested for those who are outside the region.
To register your interest in attending one, two or all sessions and for more information contact [email protected] or text 02102488981.