Ataria Rangipikitia Sharman (Ngāpuhi, Tapuika) is a writer, researcher, Kaiwāwāhi Kaupapa Māori of the Pantograph Punch and editor of Awa Wahine online magazine. She has had writing published on E-Tangata and the Māori Literature Trust and her poetry featured in IHO: A Collaborative Exhibition about Māori Hair. She is a curator of two events at this year’s Verb Wellington Festival and her manuscript for young adults fiction novel ‘Hine and Hineteiwaiwa’ was one of five selected for Te Papa Tupu 2018. Earlier this year, Ataria completed her Masters of Arts in Māori Studies thesis titled ‘Mana Wahine and the Characteristics of our Atua Wāhine’ under the guidance of Dr Awanui Te Huia. She is also the creator of www.awawahine.com, a digital and sometimes physical pop-up space for wāhine to share their writing – unfiltered. Ataria grew up in Whanganui a Tara and now lives in Whangarei, Te Tai Tokerau.
Find Your Writing Community: New and Emerging WritersFriday 4th October, 3pm-5pm
Start your Writers Hui with this interactive workshop where you will meet other new Māori writers and lay the groundwork for your creative network. It’s an exciting time to be a writer – but how do you get started, and more importantly, how can you stay the distance when writing so often feels like a solo (and competitive) pursuit? We believe that being part of a strong and vibrant writing community is the answer. Learning how to share, give feedback and collaborate helps us to create our own spaces and allows us to be a part of a wide range of kaupapa. Become part of a writing community that is mutually supportive, learn how to create your own opportunities, explore your potential, and define your own success in the industry. Join us as we kōrero about careers, freelancing, publishing and funding. Attending this workshop will help you to feel prepared for new opportunities, perspectives and connections!