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!”