Workshops help young writers perfect prose
Young Southland writers have whittled words and practised prose with professional authors during the first of the Dan Davin writing workshops.
Dunedin author Tania Roxborogh, who is coaching the senior workshops, said the first week had been intensive but worthwhile.
"It was exhausting – great, but positively exhausting."
Seven senior high school pupils from across Southland had enrolled for the holiday workshops, and Roxborogh praised their commitment and skill. "They're really clever. I couldn't write like that when I was their age."
The senior pupils had worked on plot, structure and characterisation with Roxborogh, while junior writers had spent time with Christchurch author James Norcliffe.
The workshops continue this week and Roxborogh is looking foward to returning to the city.
"I love Invercargill. I would live there if it wasn't so cold," she said.
The first workshops were held on July 3 and 4 and the next ones will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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