New Writer's Festival a success
Budding writers from all over New Zealand descended on Dunedin for the inaugural Great Write Inn, writer's festival to hone their craft while immersed in a historic setting.
People from Wellington, Hokitika, Rotorua, Christchurch, Arrowtown, Queenstown and all over Otago took part in the festival, which was designed to give participants a complete end-to-end look at the creation of books.
The first day was dedicated to writing stories.
Inspired by the board game Cluedo, they were challenged to choose a room of the house, create a character, and select an object from the house, and use these three elements in a new story.
Tutors included New Zealand novelists Catherine Chidgey, Fiona Farrell and Diane Brown.
Festival director Dr Julia Anne said the event had gone better than she had hoped when she first conceived of the concept.
"When you have an idea for an event in your imagination, and then you live and breathe it and it comes to life in a way that's beyond my expectations."
There was a great diversity of writing genres being attempted, with historical fiction, poetry, thriller, horror, and creative non-fiction all in the mix.
After the festival writers have three weeks to complete and polish their stories, and the work will be collated into an anthology titled One Home, Many Stories.