Writing provides young people with agency. At Write On School for Young Writers, we guide young writers to express their ideas and we support their voices through publication, performance and podcasting.
We are extremely grateful to Copyright Licensing NZ and Plains FM, for their support with our next big venture to give voice to young New Zealanders – Write On Speak Out: Lockdown Voices 2020.
The Write On team of tutors will nurture young people’s written responses to the 2020 Lockdown and Pandemic, providing inspiring prompts and taking them through supported redrafting to online publication, podcasting and broadcasting. This mentorship is open to young writers, ages 6 – 18.
For further information and registration please see the information on our website.
Here is a link to the presentation and some extra resources for teaching Ethics which you should find useful. https://ethicsolympiad.org/2020SeniorSchoolOlympiads/OnlineTraining/OnlinePD.html
Academy Conference Free Lesson
Does a Snail have Consciousness – Bryan B Rasmussen
VIDEO FROM TED-Ed YOUTUBE CHANNEL
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Fun Things to do…
Take a look at Story Box Library, which you can log in to with your library account. It’s the best place to watch celebrated stories read aloud by favourite storytellers. A fantastic literary resource for preschool through to upper primary-aged children, a range of actors, sportspeople, authors, illustrators and more share their unique voices in an ever-growing library. It’s Storytime, anytime!
Poetry Box is a new Zealand poetry blog for children run by fabulous Auckland poet Paula Green, author of many books for children and adults. On this website Paula shares poems by and for children, with lots of interesting activity ideas and writing exercises for lockdown.
Fun Things to listen to…
David Walliams, author of The Boy in The Dress and Gangsta Granny, is sharing an audio story from one of his best-selling World’s Worst Children short story collections every day! The whole family can tune in for a tale elaborately told by the TV presenter, actor and comedian.
University Bookshop Otago is also doing a story time nearly every day on their Facebook page.
Fun Things to write….
Why not give the National Flash Fiction Day Youth Competition a go? The competition, celebrating short short stories, doesn’t close until the end of April, so get those creative juices flowing!
All young writers up to 19 years old are welcome to submit stories of up to 300 words, with three submissions allowed per writer. There are prizes for the top three places, and an online celebration is being organised, with young voices reading from around the world.
Could you write a monologue from the point of view of an interesting character? They could be human, an animal, or perhaps even a monument or landmark. This competition is open for children in years 4-10 at school, and there a lots of book vouchers to be won!
There’s a different short story competition open every week at Fabo Story This week they provide the beginning of the story and you write what happens next!
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Back by popular demand! Following the successful March roundtable discussions, we’re offering another round in April.
With the NFFD competition open through 30 April, we are very happy to support the creative community with these free online discussions.
DISCUSSIONS FOR ADULTS
Saturday, 11 April 2020
There are four discussions, with past NFFD judges, winners and other flash fiction enthusiasts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a discussion, or click on the links below for the Facebook Event pages:
National Flash Fiction Day Submissions
Get creative during lockdown! Send your best 300 words by 30 April to the NFFD comp! See how to enter on the competition page.
And for the youth competition: go here to find out more about the 2020 competition, free entry and international!
Academy Conference Material
During the pandemic we are committed to you and your students and WELCOME any ideas and resources which you may also like to share. The best way to get through this is to work together, so please get in touch and share by contacting us at:
Students can take part in our Big Ideas, Silly Questions and Mind Stretching Adventures on:
Snapchat – aconferences
Twitter – https://twitter.com/A_Conferences
We want to see students getting out of the cave, with Big Ideas, Silly Questions and Mind Stretching Adventures.
This is a fantastic watch! You don’t have to be a Harvard student to access this Harvard lecture, and it will sure make you think.
Can there be a moral side to murder? Would you push the fat man onto the track?
2019 Smart Alex Creative Writing Competition for Secondary Students
Would you like to enter an exciting creative writing competition? Entry is free and there is $3,000 in prize money!
For a second year, the Friends of the Turnbull Library are running the Smart Alex creative writing competition. This is open to all secondary school and secondary home-educated students in New Zealand and the South Pacific.
The aim is to celebrate the centenary of Alexander Turnbull and his remarkable legacy.
Secondary students are required to respond to or interpret an image from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library and produce either:
· a piece of creative writing
· an illustrated graphic story, or
· a written song/waiata.
Entries can be in English or te reo Māori.
Read Dylan Owen’s blog post for details on the competition along with tips for finding images and kick starting your creativity.
The competition opens 4 March 2019, and final entries must be received no later than 5pm Sunday 21 July 2019.
Winners and highly commended entries will be announced Thursday 19 September 2019.
The official entry form can be found on the Friends of the Turnbull Library website where there are also more details about the competition.
The Zoological Writing Challenge.
2018 RACE UNITY SPEECH AWARDS & RACE UNITY CONFERENCE
Canterbury Explorers – An Evening with Jim Delisle
Gifted Education – Parent and Teacher evening
Time: 7:00pm for 7:15pm sharp start
Location: The Medbury Centre, Medbury School
Cost: $15 for members or $25 for nonmembers. All welcome
Please book here
If you have any questions please contact: email@example.com
The 2018 Liam and Frankie Davison Award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health:
The award is open to students resident in Australia or New Zealand who are in their final three years of secondary school. Applications open on 31 January and the deadline for receipt of applications is 30 April 2018. $1000 for the winner!
Click this link for more information: LFD Award – Information Pack_2018
Justice Speech Competition: http://justtalk.org.nz
The UC Connect free public lectures held in October are now live on the UC Connect YouTube channel.
Head online to watch ‘How product designers will shape the world’ with Professor Conan Fee and ‘Protecting Taonga’ with Dr Tammy Steeves and Professor Sally Gaw. You can also watch other UC Connect lectures from throughout the year.
Readers and pupils interested in history would enjoy these topics:
David Riley (https://readingwarrior.com/)
Books & teaching materials for young people & educators. Helping young people learn about literacy, their cultures & stories of inspirational role models.
David is a teacher at Tangaroa College (Auckland) and an author of a range of books. His series on “Heroes” would be of particular interest to our gifted students. I also believe that 2E students would enjoy his style of writing.
Another resource of interest is the BBC Witness podcast. There is a wide range that would appeal to gifted students with an interest in history.
Testifying Against OJ Simpson. Thursday. Ron Shipp was a close friend of OJ Simpson’s but decided to testify against him in court.