In June 2018 Outside the Square ran two high school writing workshops. The schools chosen for this pilot programme were Henderson High School and Rutherford College.
Writing teachers Paula Morris, Ruby Porter and Rachel O'Connor delivered a five-week programme with pupils from years 9 to 13.
Classes were held weekly with 12 to 15 pupils in each class. The workshops focused on creative, nonfiction writing based on students’ personal experiences in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area.
The best work has been compiled in an anthology of writing and photography that provides a unique window into contemporary west Auckland.
“These short pieces are intense, imaginative and often funny, exploring the streets, playgrounds and people of the area,” says Paula Morris, an award-winning novelist and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, who selected and edited students' work for publication.
“They reveal the diverse points of view of the young writers and the way they connect with and make sense of the city.”
Henderson-Massey Local Board Chair Shane Henderson says, “This project celebrated the unique character of our board area.”
“I’m particularly proud that this year we focussed on youth and nurturing the next generation of west Auckland writers.”
The workshops and publication were fully supported by the Henderson-Massey Local Board.