Writers in Schools
Our Writers in Schools programme has been at the core of our work for nearly fifty 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.
We bring writers and illustrators to your students and staff, either in person or virtually.
We have more than 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 on our YouTube channel.
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 pay them for their time. If your school is a current member of Read NZ Te Pou Muramura, we can 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 $330 and we always provide an estimate of costs before confirming a Writers in Schools visit.
Additional costs (plus GST)
|Full day extension (anything over three hours)||$150.00|
|Extra travel time (over three hours)||$90.00|
|Author flights, accommodation, airport transfers,
per diems and other travel reimbursements
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
- 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
- Introduce your students to Hooked on Books
- Subscribe to our e-news and follow our social channels
Key dates & deadlines
|Fri 30 JUN, 2023||Fri 29 SEP, 2023|
|Bookings close for Term 3, 2023
Bookings open for Term 4, 2023
|Bookings close for Term 4, 2023
Bookings open for Term 1, 2024
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