The Creative Hub was founded to provide a place where people could learn writing skills, and have fun. Check our drop menu of writing courses above, which are taught in our rooms on the Auckland CBD Waterfront. Our ONLINE Introduction to Creative Writing course can be begun at any time.
Our tutors and workshop leaders are some of New Zealand's most successful writers, with a wide range of prizes and awards between them, and a rich variety of published works to their name. In the last three years, twenty of our graduates have published novels or been successful in national or international writing awards.
The Creative Hub was founded by John Cranna, a former Chair of the Auckland Society of Authors.
John has published two books of fiction, Visitors and Arena and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, and the NZ Book Award for Fiction. He grew up in NZ but lived for ten years in London where he worked as a communicator and editor. His books have been published in Australia, UK and France.
He wrote the screenplay for the short film Accidents which was shown at the Venice Film Festival and other festivals around the world. From 2000 to 2005 he was managing editor of AA Directions which rose from fifth to most-read magazine in NZ.
He founded the AUT University Centre for Modern Writing, where he designed the Masters of Creative Writing, and was voted Best Post-Graduate Teacher by students at the University in 2008. He is also the Director of a communications consultancy www.JohnCranna.com
Read his occasional blog 'Side Thoughts' at www.creativehubber.blogspot.com
Judith has won a number of awards for her short fiction, including the 1989 BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award. She has twice won the Auckland Star short story competition, in 1987 and 1990. In 1996, White was the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow.
Her first collection of short fiction, Visiting Ghosts (1991), was shortlisted for the fiction section of what is now known as the Montana New Zealand Books Awards. Her novel Across the Dreaming Night (1999) was shortlisted for the fiction section of the 2000 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. In the Sunday Star Times Iain Sharpe wrote: 'White is second to none when it comes to depicting states of anxiety, both comic and poignant. And the brilliance with which she enters into her characters' aberrant states of mind, signals a major talent.' Judith's latest novel, The Elusive Language of Ducks, was published in 2013.
Many critics rank Owen Marshall as the finest living New Zealand short story writer. His novel Harlequin Rex won the 2000 Deutz Medal for Fiction at the Montana Book Awards. His writing has been extensively anthologised and he has edited several collections of New Zealand short stories. He has received numerous honours, awards and fellowships for his work.
In 2000 became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to literature and in 2012 became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM). In 2013 Owen was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement.
Sarah Laing is a fiction writer and graphic designer. She was born in the USA and has lived in New York and Germany before coming to NZ at the age of 17. Her first collection of short stories, Coming up Roses (2007), was released after she won the 2006 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. Sarah was Writer in Residence at the Michael King Writers' Centre in 2008, and was one of the 2010 Buddle Findlay Sargeson fellows.
She published her first novel, Dead People’s Music (Vintage), in 2009, and her subsequent novel, The Fall of Light, was published in winter, 2013. Sarah writes, “I come from a visual background and spend quite a lot of time describing the concrete world. I started off thinking I was going to be a poet so I pay a lot of attention to words. I also love pretending to be an analyst, trying to figure out motivations for people’s peculiar behavior.
Geoff is New Zealand’s most successful publisher. He recently stepped down as publishing director of Penguin New Zealand, where he was responsible for building Penguin’s local publishing list over 26 years. He has published many of New Zealand’s leading writers, including Michael King, Maurice Gee, Lloyd Jones, Witi Ihimaera, Patricia Grace and Anne Salmond.
Before joining Penguin, Geoff was an editor at Reed Publishers. He is also a former newspaper, radio and television journalist. Geoff knows the publishing industry inside out; he has steered hundreds of books through the publishing process, and is passionate about language, books and writing. Geoff is now developing a reputation as an expert in the blossoming area of niche / self / electronic publishing and runs workshops on this new industry at the Creative Hub.
Tessa Duder is one of New Zealand's most recognised writers. Her 'Alex' novels won her three New Zealand Children's Book of the Year awards and three Esther Glen medals, and are published in America, Britain, Australia and Canada. Alex is published in five languages, with Jellybean and Alex in Winter in two.
Since winning her first grant in 1985, the Choysa Bursary for Children's Writers, Tessa has been awarded several Creative New Zealand (Arts Council) grants, including a Special Writing Bursary in 1989, the first Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the University of Waikato in 1991 and the Literary Exchange Fellowship to Australia in 1993.
Under the NZ Book Council's Writers-in-Schools scheme, she has visited hundreds of classrooms all over the country, and has spoken at many professional seminars of teachers, librarians and parents, including international conferences in Stockholm, Florida, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington. Her website www.tessaduder.co.nz gives an overview of her publications, along with a short biography and texts of speeches given at various children’s literature conferences.
Roger is New Zealand's most successful playwright. His best-known play in New Zealand is Glide Time. It gave rise to the popular television series Gliding On and a sequel play, Market Forces (1995), set in the restructured public service environment of the post-Rogernomics era.
Roger's best-known works internationally are Middle Age Spread, which had a run in London's West End and was also made into a film, and Conjugal Rites, which was made into a situation comedy series in the UK. Roger’s more recent work includes Four Flat Whites In Italy (2009) and A Shortcut to Happiness (2011).
Roger is also known for a staging of Bruce Mason's classic play The End of the Golden Weather each Xmas Day on Takapuna Beach in Auckland. He has published an autobiography, Bums on Seats. www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Hall