Young writers inspired by authors

CHALLENGING: Writer David Elliot takes a Young Writers Workshop at New River Primary School.
CHALLENGING: Writer David Elliot takes a Young Writers Workshop at New River Primary School.

Whether it's a ghost story or one about a pig, Southland children had the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild at the Young Writers Workshop yesterday.

Children's authors Kyle Mewburn, of Miller's Flat, and David Elliot, of Port Chalmers, inspired children about writing.

Southland Literacy Association president Helen Fallow said the workshop gave children the opportunity to work with quality authors.

"They meet real authors, they can see where their writing can lead," she said.

A total of 93 Southland children from years five to eight took part in the workshop at New River Primary School. Each group had an hour with the authors.

Mewburn and Elliot had completely different teaching techniques, Fallow said.

One classroom was noisy and full of movement, the other was quiet and thoughtful, but both were bursting with creativity.

"[Mewburn] is great with the kids, I think he's a bit of a kid himself," she said.

Elliot was challenging the children to think, she said.

"They're all enthused and engrossed with their writing."

As a children's author and illustrator, Elliot offered to run an illustrators' workshop as well which is taking place today.

The Young Writers Workshop is run every two years in Southland.

The Southland Times