Creative Writing Workshop with Catherine Chidgey


Don’t miss out completely – join us for our exclusive, live Q&A with Catherine Chidgey and Kate Camp or our free literary picnic.

Saturday 16th February – Creative Writing Workshop – Oamaru – 10 – 4pm

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers. This is a one-day creative writing workshop with author of last year’s Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize winner –  Catherine Chidgey!

Catherine Chidgey will take the group through a journey on effective incorporation of the senses in writing and how we can use them to evoke a strong sense of place.

The day begins in the grounds of Janet Frame’s old school, Waitaki Girls High School before lunch at her childhood home, 56 Eden Street. The afternoon will see the creative learning continue in the house and grounds of her former home.

Lunch is provided.

  • To register your interest, email or text 021 678 132.
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Waitaki Girls High School and 56 Eden St, Oamaru 9400
  • Lunch provided
  • Tickets are $35.00 or $25.00 for Friends of the Janet Frame House.

For information or to register your place please email or text 021 678 132. Payment details will be given on registration.

To become a ‘Friend’, click here. Note: become a ‘Friend’ on the day and enjoy the discounted rate for the workshop along with your membership.

About Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey is a novelist and short story writer whose first novel, In a Fishbone Church, was a critically acclaimed multi-award winner, and a New Zealand bestseller.

Among numerous awards, Chidgey received a Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship in 1998, and is a member of the Sargeson Trust. She was awarded the 2001 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, the inaugural Glenn Schaeffer Prize in Modern Letters in 2002, and in 2005 she received the Robert Burns Fellowship. In 2016 Chidgey published her fourth novel, The Wish Child, which was awarded the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Her latest book is The Beat of the Pendulum (Victoria University Press), which has been longlisted for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards – Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize.

We couldn’t be more proud to welcome Catherine to Oamaru. To download the flier below click  here.



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