James George is a novelist and short story writer of Ngapuhi, English and Irish descent. He is author of Wooden Horses (Hazard Press), Hummingbird and Ocean Roads (both Huia Publishers). His works have been twice shortlisted for Montana NZ Book Awards, the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (South East Asia and Pacific Region.) James’ short fiction has been published and anthologized in The Best of NZ Fiction (Random House), Stories on the Four Winds (Huia), and in other anthologies.
James teaches and mentors on the Master of Creative Writing programme at AUT University in Auckland. He has also taught creative writing at the University of Auckland (Continuing Education), at Unitec, and at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. He has also served as chair of the Auckland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors, (2012-2014) and is currently chair of Te Ha, the writers committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa, (2005-2018) and is a trustee of Toi Māori. He is working on his fourth novel, Sleepwalkers Songs, and fifth, Two Rivers.
Pānui from Te Hā & Ngā Pou Board Chairs James George & Wena TaitFriday 4th October, 7.30pm
Fiction workshop with James GeorgeSaturday 5th October, Double wānanga: 9am-11am & 2.30pm-4.30pm
Registration required (limited numbers)
This will be an interactive workshop, looking at some of the key technical aspects of creative writing, including: voice, perspective, characterisation, mimesis (story enactment in scenes) and diegesis (narrative exposition). There will be plenty of time for attendees to write, and we will analysis work in the session and discuss options for further development. Bring your imagination, we’ll provide the rest.