Last week I attended the NZATE English teachers conference. Giving up precious holiday time for a conference sometimes can be a risk; especially when it comes to selecting workshops! However, this conference was run incredibly well by Trident High School and hosted at John Paul College in Rotorua. Every keynote speaker had the audience spellbound and each workshop I attended was valuable.
Joe Bennett - told captivating stories from his time as teacher and about teaching in general
Michael Pryor - Inspiring us with Steampunk and fantasy writing. I would not be surprised if there was a sudden burst of creativity from the teachers listening. As he talked to us about creating a fantasy world and the pitfalls that can occur. "The Laws of Magic" and "The Extraordinairies" are two series well worth a look/read.
Ted Dawes - An amazing speaker who shared his journey from writing to publications and navigating the censors. I think everyone there will be reading "Into the River"
Dame Fiona Kidman - sharing how we she became a writer and stories from her life.
Below is the Twitter feed from Storify with links to resources. Blog post on workshops to come!