Two-hour workshop with award-winning author Mandy Hager.
Mandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults. In 2019 she was awarded the Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people.
In this workshop, you will get the chance to learn more about and experiment with character, voice and story structure: Learn how to find your character’s unique voice, and how character, voice and theme are intrinsically intertwined.
The workshop will include a mix of instruction and writing exercises.
This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed YA writers. Mandy has won the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction three times, the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards for YA fiction, an Honour Award in the 1996 AIM Children’s Book Awards, Golden Wings Excellence Award, Golden Wings Award and six Notable Book Awards.
She has also been awarded the 2012 Beatson Fellowship, the 2014 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship and the 2015 Waikato University Writer in Residence. In 2015, her novel Singing Home the Whale was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, and the Best Young Adult fiction Award from the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It has also been named a 2016 IBBY Honour Book, an international award.
In May 2017 her historical novel for adults, Heloise, was published by Penguin NZ. It tells the life story of Heloise d’Argenteuil, famed lover of 12th century French philosopher Peter Abelard. It was longlisted for the 2018 Ockham Book Awards.
Mandy is a trained teacher, with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts (Whitireia) and an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington. She also writes adult fiction, short stories, non-fiction, educational resources, blogs and articles, and currently tutors the Novel Course for Whitireia’s Creative Writing Programme.