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Writers in Schools

Our members have expertise in school visits and we can arrange visits for schools wishing to have a writer attend your school to deliver a workshop or talk. Our focus is on creative writing and literature and the key message we hope students will learn is that New Zealand writers and their writing is important and that creative writers can help them gain a facility with creative language.

Artist Information

NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)

Website: http://www.authors.org.nz

Phone: 09 379 4801

Email: office@nzauthors.org.nz


The Society is the principal advocate for the professional interests of New Zealand's authors. We support writers throughout their careers with programmes, services and advice.
Many of our members are mentors and manuscript appraisers and also work in schools doing readings and workshops.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Cross Arts

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Creative writing of all genres

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Small (1-8)

Regions: National

Space and Resources Required: Microphone, Materials, Microphone, Datashow, Computer

Indicative Costs:

  • $100 per hour
  • Travel: 65c

Mode of Delivery: Presentation, Workshop

Cultural Context: European, European, Asian, Pasifika, Maori


Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information


Our work has included an off-site half day short story workshop for the Steiner School and workshops with Manukau Schools as part of our Writer in Residence in libraries programme.

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No

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