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Writers in Schools visits

We have over 200 of Aotearoa’s best novelists, journalists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, essayists, storytellers and illustrators available to inspire your students and staff, either in person or by video call.

One of the benefits of being a Read NZ Te Pou Muramura member school is that we can subsidise the cost of your first Writers in Schools visit each year. School membership costs $100 +GST and the price of a second or subsequent author visit starts at $330.

Please note: Bookings for Term 3 have closed. We are only taking bookings for Term 4 now. 

Author tours are booked up until October. If your school would like an author from out of town and we need to tour them to make this affordable, we are only arranging this for visits for 1 November onwards to allow time to plan. 

Friday 27 June 2024
Bookings open for Term 4, 2024

Friday 20 September 2024
Bookings closed for Term 4, 2024
Bookings open for Term 1, 2025

Check out our Writers in Schools FAQ to help answer some of your questions in more detail.

If you’d like to discuss your options, please contact our Programmes Manager, Simie, on 021 239 0478 or

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Writers available

You can rank up to three author choices before submitting this booking.

To learn more about the authors available, you can visit our Writers Files.

Please note that if your preferred choice of author isn’t local, additional travel costs will be needed.

If you’d like to request a particular author but can’t see them on the list, please just type their name or any other message into the ‘Date exceptions’ box. We’ll know what you mean!

  • Please select from the options above to see available authors

Submit your booking

If you would like to discuss your options, please contact Simie Simpson:
Phone: 021 239 0478

Once you’ve submitted your booking request, our system will automatically email you a summary. We’ll follow up with you personally as soon as we can.