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Storylines Festival Workshops

Storylines Festival workshops are a great opportunity for young people to explore their talent for writing or illustration. Any child or teenager (6 to 16 years old) can come along to one of our workshops on the Saturday before Auckland Family Day. This year we are also offering an adult writing workshop in Auckland.
Participants will have the chance to work with noted New Zealand children's and young adults' authors and illustrators - just what every budding writer or illustrator dreams of! Age ranges for each of the workshops has been included and the content for each of the workshops has been created for this age range in mind so please ensure you choose the appropriate workshop for your child/ ren.
NB: The Auckland workshops will be held in two venues this year, with Illustration Workshops being held at Art Station, 1 Ponsonby Road, Newton and the Writing Workshops at the National Library Centre in Stanley Street. All workshops will start at 10.00am. In addition, we will be holding an Illustration workshop at Piha Community Library, 23 Seaview Road, Piha  on Saturday 10 August at 3pm.
 Children's workshops are only $25 - but places are limited to 20.
Adult workshop are only $30 - places are also limited to 20.

Writing Workshops for Children.
Illustration Workshops for Children
Writing Workshop for Adults
Illustration Workshop Piha Library
AUCKLAND - Writing Workshops for Children
National Library Centre
8 Stanley Street, Parnell
10.00am - 11.30am
Saturday 17 August 2013

A Box Of Magic with Melinda Szymanik  Melinda Szymanik 2

For ages 10 - 13 years
Learn techniques, tips and tricks to help you find ideas and turn them in to stories that are fun to write and great to read.
- finding good ideas
- how an idea becomes a plot
- your characters: how to make them the right people for the job
- finding the right words to bring your story to life
NB: You will need to bring a photo/picture of what the character looks like.

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Making Your Writing Even Better with Tessa Duder  

For ages 9 - 12 years
Learn some new ideas for bringing your stories to life. 

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A Cunning Plan! with Stacy Gregg  Stacy Gregg Sml

For ages 10 -13 years
Recognise your best creative ideas and get them all the way to the finish line. 
You’ve totally got what it takes be an author, and you love to write. But somehow your stories never quite seem to get…well…finished. What you need is a plan. A plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel!

This workshop will help you to recognise your best creative ideas and get them all the way to the finish line. Stacy will give you techniques and tips to help you create (and complete) everything from poems and short stories to novels

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Art Station
1 Ponsonby Road, Newton
10.00am to 11.30am
Saturday 17 August 2013


Drawing The Wild Things with Nina Rycroft 

For ages 7-12 years
Learn the art of creating characters with 'Dinosaurs Love Cheese' illustrator Nina Rycroft. This jam packed creative workshop, for all levels will have you drawing Max and your very own Wild Thing creation. For more info about Nina and her books go to www.ninarycroft.com.
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Fantasy Character with Crissi Blair 

For ages 7-10 years
Make a fantasy character using collage materials and magazines then put your character into the pages of your book using colour and texture.

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For ages 8-12 years
International award winning children's book illustrator Ross Kinnaird will take you though the simple steps you need to produce great cartoon characters for books and the web. From cute kittens to space monsters, Ross will show you how to draw like a professional. For more information about Ross, go to http://rosskinnaird.blogspot.co.nz/.

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AUCKLAND Workshops for Adults
National Library Centre
8 Stanley Street
10.00am - 12.00pm

Doing it Yourself: An Introduction to Publishing Your Novel as an E-Book with Lorraine Orman

This introductory workshop is aimed at beginners who have not published an e-book before. It is suitable for adult writers who have written a novel for children or teenagers, and who want to investigate publishing it themselves as an e-book.
NB: This workshop is not suitable for children, for people wanting to e-publish picture books, or for people wanting to self-publish printed books. 

Topics covered:
  • Looking at e-readers and e-book formats
  • Making your manuscript the best it can be
  • Deciding how much you can do yourself
  • Beginning your e-book promotion campaign
  • Creating a book cover
  • Starting the e-publishing procedures
  • Making decisions and coping with conversion processes
  • Distribution of your e-book
  • Promotion of your e-book
  • Money matters
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PIHA Community Library - Illustration Workshop with Dylan Horrocks

Saturday 10 August
Piha Community Library
23 Seaview Road
3pm - 4.30pm

Comic Making with Dylan Horrocks

For ages 8+
Anyone can write and draw comics! Even if you don't think you can draw, comics is a fun and effective way to tell any kind of story. This workshop will give you the start you need. Or, if you're already making your own comics, bring them along and get some advice from an experienced pro.

You will work on a comic of your own, and along the way we'll look at coming up with ideas and telling stories with pictures, plus some very practical advice on drawing. The main focus will be on encouraging people to have fun and let their imaginations run wild.

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