Eve Tonkin

Auckland, NZ, [Teacher, Writer, Principal]

Workshop title: "Get outside to write!"

In my experience, everyone's ability to write well improves when they are supported to feel and respond to the mauri (life energy) of beings in the natural world (rocks, the ocean, a tree, etc).
During this practical workshop you will experience a range of ways to write creatively outdoors in nature. Guided meditation supports you to be more present to what your body is experiencing, and to feel the mauri around you. Various writing activities are followed by a sharing circle in which we will explore ways to develop a safe and robust writing group culture (a necessary part of learning what good writing looks like.) For teachers, children, teenagers, and adults. Feeling the mauri (life energy) alive in the natural world can be a key support to literacy development for children and young adults.

Personal Bios: Eve is the principal of Timatanga Community School, a small democratic school in rural Auckland, where she teaches a weekly half-day Creative Writing workshop, almost always outside. She is also a published author who has written many children's stories and readers for Learning Media and Pearson. Eve grew up in the bush in the Hokianga with no electricity or hot water and this experience taught her to be a writer. Eve was one of the organisers of the Connections Conference in Auckland last year.

Eve Tonkin