Writers In Schools

What is Writers in Schools?

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura's Writers in Schools programme has been at the core of our work for over forty years. It inspires tens-of-thousands of children and teenagers to develop a love of reading and writing by bringing a writer or illustrator into their classroom.

Not only does Read NZ Te Pou Muramura talk the talk, it walks the talk. I’m constantly amazed at the range of work it does for our books and writers. What would the industry do without it? One great activity it organises is for writers to go into schools. A real author in the classroom? You can’t get better than that.– Author Witi Ihimaera

“Writers in Schools is a very valuable resource and we are extremely fortunate to have quality authors available to speak to, and interact with our students.”
– Chilton St James School, Wellington

“I really enjoyed the sessions and since then I have a notebook in my room. I will write really interesting stories now. I also liked how you said a writer’s brain is like a blender.”
– Year 6 student, Waimate Centennial School

“Creativity, compassion, hope and joy: these are the messages I hope to share through my writing, and also through my work in schools.”
– Author Mandy Hager

How does it work?

Even in this time of covid and distance learning we bring writers and illustrators to your students and staff, either in person or for virtual visits.

We have over 200 of Aotearoa's best novelists, journalists, poets, playwrights, non-fiction writers, storytellers and illustrators registered as part of the Writers in Schools programme. Those who are accepting invitations to visit in-person are all fully vaccinated. These authors span the length and breadth of the country and our booking form matches your school's needs with a suitable guest. Watch some videos with some of our authors here and here.

As well as one-off classroom visits, the Writers in Schools programme provides a range of options for participation in creative writing workshops, literary tours, public events, book festivals and more.

How much does it cost?

Please use our services to book as many author visits as your school would like. We will contact authors on your behalf and will pay them for their time. If your school is a current member of Read NZ Te Pou Muramura then we are able to subsidise the cost of your first author visit each year. Often this means that your first author visit is at no additional charge to the school.

The price of second or subsequent visits starts at $260 and we always provide an estimate of costs before confirming a Writers in Schools visit.

Additional costs (plus GST)

  • Workshop preparation: $55
  • Full day extension (anything over three hours): $100
  • Extra travel time (over three hours): $90
  • Professional development (up to two hours): $355
  • Author flights, accommodation, airport transfers, per diems and other travel reimbursements (at cost)

We define a workshop as anything where the students produce a piece of their own work, or creates something under the guidance of the visiting author. Often a workshop takes additional time to prepare and involves the provision of additional materials. The same workshop can be repeated for different groups of students during a visit.

Next steps

  • Sign up or renew your school's membership
  • Use our booking form to request Writers in Schools visits
  • Read peer reviews of new New Zealand books for children in The School Library or offer to review for us
  • Keep up to date with New Zealand books for use in secondary schools
  • Recommend a teen reviewer for Hooked on Books
  • Subscribe to our enews and follow our social channels

Key dates and deadlines for booking a Writers in Schools visit

Mon 1 Oct 2021
Bookings open for Term 1, 2022

Fri 17 Dec 2021
Bookings close for Term 1, 2022
Bookings open for Term 2, 2022

Thur 13 April 2022
Bookings close for Term 2, 2022
Bookings open for Term 3, 2022

Fri 8 July 2021
Bookings close for Term 3, 2022
Bookings open for Term 4, 2022

Fri 30 Sept 2022
Bookings close for Term 4, 2022
Bookings open for Term 1, 2023

Fri 16 Dec 2022
Bookings close for Term 1, 2023

Speed Date an Author

Interactive workshops are a great way to learn, and Speed Date an Author events allow budding writers the opportunity to train with some of Aotearoa’s best poets, journalists, novelists, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators.

We'd love to share the templates for this format with others who'd like to use it. For information email us at: admin@read-nz.org

One morning. Four 25-minute workshops. Four of Aotearoa’s best writers and illustrators. What can your students achieve in this time? What ideas will you take back to your classroom?