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NorthTec’s Applied Writing programme hosted its inaugural hui, bringing together online students from around the country.
Students travelled to Whangarei from throughout Northland and also from Auckland, Edgecumbe, Wanganui and Christchurch, to the event held last weekend (9 and 10 March).
It gave the students, whose programme was the first fully online professional writing course launched in New Zealand, the chance to meet each other and their tutors in person.
Students were also introduced to the support services offered by NorthTec, including the library service and advice about student finances.
On Saturday, there was a panel of representatives from local industries and student-led workshops. Top billing went to the guest speakers, Janice Marriott, 2018 recipient of the prestigious Margaret Mahy Medal, and award-winning novelist, Whiti Hereaka.
Students were then invited to NorthWrite 2018, the New Zealand Society of Authors’ annual conference, held at NorthTec’s Raumanga campus. It showcased these two speakers as well as acclaimed playwright and scriptwriter, Kathryn Burnett, literary agent, Vicki Marsdon, and One Tree House publishers.
The two-day event attracted writers from all over Northland and Auckland to discuss topics ranging from how to diversify writing, generating ideas and turning them into stories, setting goals, writing creative non-fiction and memoirs, and holding discussions with publishers and agents.
NorthTec offers three Applied Writing programmes, all taught online; the Diploma in Applied Writing, at Level 5 and Level 6, and the Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Applied Writing.
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