Hub writers Fiona Sussman, Eileen Merriman & Kathryn van Beek win 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes in the Sunday Star Times Short Story Award
Eileen Merriman's third novel Invisibly Breathing published by Penguin Random House.
Rosetta Allan's second novel Unreliable People published by Penguin Random House
Nidhi Eipe invited to read at the Cork International Poetry Festival, Ireland
Jeannie McLean's novel Caught Between short-listed for the $10,000 Michael Gifkins Prize
Josie Laird's novel All About Kate published by Swooping Kereru Books
Sidney Mazzi's novel The Art of Hunting Humans published on Amazon
Julie Ryan's book of poems Last of the Halcyon Days published by Steele Roberts Publishing
Eileen Merriman's novel Pieces of You published by Penguin Random House
Colleen Lenihan awarded a place on the Te Papa Tupu Maori Writer's Programme plus a Michael King Writers Centre Residency
Sarah O'Flaherty's book Fresh Start - A Guide to Eliminating Unhealthy Stress published on Amazon
Karen Mills' novel Tasting Stars published by Mary Egan Books. (See her TV1 Seven Sharp's interview below in 'Media Comment' below)
Pip McKay awarded a Society of Authors Complete Manuscript Award
Sze Ning Ooi awarded a 2018 Society of Authors mentorship
Colleen Maria Lenihan was first runner up in the national Lillian Ida Smith Award for her collection Cherry Blossom Girl
Fiona Sussman's novel The Last Time We Spoke won the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel (Fiona is a graduate of the forerunner to our 30 Week Fiction Course)
Rosetta Allan was awarded a 2018 Michael King Writers Centre residency
Andrea Hotere's book Undreamed Of - 50 Years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship pub by Oxford University Press
Kirk Lafferty's story K Road published in the Phantom Billstickers Cafe Reader
Karen Mills' story Stern Faced Angels published in Headland magazine
Greg Hall's novel Good Sons - A novel of the Great War published by Mary Egan publishing
Leanne Radojkovich's short story collection First Fox published by Emma Press UK (Leanne is a graduate of the forerunner to our 30 Week Fiction course)
Sally Christie's story The Caretaker published in Headland magazine
Emma Vere-Jones' children's book The Wetter the Better published by Duck Creek Press
Gina Cole's short fiction published in Jan 2017 issue of NZ Listener
Heidi North-Bailey won the Hachette / NZ Society of Authors Trans-Tasman mentorship
Eileen Merriman was a prize-winner in the national Sunday Star Times Short Story Award for the third year in a row
Kay Shacklock's The Piano Lesson and Ten Guitars were published in Flash Fiction 2 & Standing By anthologies.
Lindy Davis' non-fiction title Key to the Cove published
Eileen Merriman's novel Schrodinger's Cat accepted for publication by Penguin Random House
Emma Vere-Jones' second children's book Fizzy Pop published by Bookhead Press
Heidi North-Bailey is awarded the 2016 Shanghai Writers Programme Scholarship
David Horne had two stories published in the anthology Views from the Bridge
Andrene Low's fourth novel Screwed for Money published on Amazon
Shauna Bickley's fourth novel Writing the Stars published on Amazon
Kay Shacklock's short story Sinfonia published in Flash Frontier
Gina Cole's short story collection Black Ice Matter published by Huia Books
Sidney Mazzi's novel Tainted by Fire published on Amazon
Jeannie McLean won a place on the Society of Authors Manuscript Completion Programme
Suzanne Day won a place on the Society of Authors Manuscript Completion Programme
David Horne won a place on the NZ Society of Authors Mentoring Programme
Media Comment and Graduate Interviews ...
Scoop reports our three prize-winners in the Sunday Star Times Short Story Award, December 2018: 'Small Writing Centre Sweeps Board in National Fiction Award' ... read story
National Radio's Karyn Hay talks to Creative Hub Director John Cranna, about the vision that has made the Creative Hub NZ's most successful independent writing centre ... here
John Cranna was interviewed by National Radio's Lynn Freeman about running creative writing workshops for marginalised youth in the Far North. Listen here.
Karen Mills' novel Tasting Stars was widely profiled in the national media in August 2017. You can view her interview on TV 1's prime-time show 'Seven Sharp'here. And you can read her interview in the Women's Weeklyhere.
Eileen Merriman's novel Pieces of You was published by Penguin Random House in 2017. Read her review in the NZ Herald, and you can listen to her interview on Radio New Zealand.
Read an account by Kathryn van Beek of her experiences on our 30 Week Fiction Course, published on 'Elsewhere' blog, hosted by Graham Reid, former music editor of the NZ Herald.
Our graduate Dr Eileen Merriman has won a place in the New Zealand Society of Authors's mentoring programme. North Shore Times, April 2015
Our graduates regularly win prizes in the Sunday Star Times Short Story Awards. In that newspaper, Creative Hub tutors share their favourite writing exercises. Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award (618.21 KB)
Listen to a National Radio interview with Creative Hub director John Cranna, and students on the Advanced Fiction Course here
Click here to read about The Creative Hub in Graham Beattie's Book Blog, Aug 2010.
Click here to read about the launch of The Creative Hub on The Big Idea, the leading website for New Zealand's creative community. August 2010.
Creative Hub students have said ...
Introduction to Creative Writing & Summer Fiction School with John Cranna
"A five-star course!"
"Very useful and enjoyable. It helped to clarify a number of issues I was unsure about, or only subconsciously aware of."
"Excellent. Really enjoyed it. Challenging, fun, exploratory. Enjoyed the fact that things were revealed slowly, week by week." "Informative, enlightening - huge learning curve."
"Found writing in class daunting, but appreciated the challenge. The 'homework' helped establish a writing routine I plan to continue."
"I really enjoyed it. Loved the dialogue workshop and the instruction on scene structure, which I found really helpful."
"I liked having weekly projects to work on as it encouraged me to sit and write when I have a tendency to procrastinate otherwise."
"Really enjoyed hearing the other students' work!"
30 Week Fiction Course with John Cranna plus a number of leading NZ writers
“The visiting writers were great. I also really enjoyed working with the group, and the process of reviewing and being reviewed. The group feedback was extremely useful. We quickly established trust."
“Exposure to a number of NZ writers was not only a highlight - just meeting them - but the ideas they imparted were of great interest. This gave great depth to the course.”
“The critiquing process was helpful in my development as a writer. Reading others' work and seeing how they structure their work and attack problems has been invaluable. It was very helpful to see working writers and hear their insights and to benefit from their skills.”
“I liked the discipline of continuing to write and critique work. I find that process valuable and illuminating. Group feedback was very valuable, and I gained a lot of insights into my work, and it kept me motivated to progress my writing. I wouldn't have achieved much without it!”
“Everything worked. The best thing is the people in the group. We are so lucky. I think the trips to the pub afterwards (and other socialising) is an important part of it ... it builds trust and team spirit. The group to me is like 'The Inklings' - Tolkien and CS Lewis's group. What a model to base us on! We have the same structure ... but of course they had no email, so they read aloud their work!”
“I feel empowered by what I learned on the course ... There is no substitute for the Commendation, Recommendation, Commendation method we got on this course. You can't get that from any book ..."
“The weekly critiquing of work was brilliant. I liked the way theory was interspersed with this ... it was a good refresher. Although I was at first put off by the test idea, it was actually a good way to see what we retained - a surprisingly great deal!”