Sullivan seeks to unlock natural storytellers

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(Source | Waatea News) The new head of creative writing at the Manukau Institute of Technology wants to hone the writing skills of the area’s Maori and Pasifika storytellers.

Poet Robert Sullivan from Ngapuhi and Ngai tahu will run a three hour writing workshop this Saturday at Otahuhu Library covering poetry, prose, editing and presentation.

He says similar workshops which encourage people to tell their stories in their own way have brought out some interesting observations of multicultural life in Aotearoa.

I think a lot of people with life experience are great oral storytellers. Theyve got the gift of the gab. And what creative writing brings to the mix is a way of translating that oral gift onto the page so that readers can also share in the magic, Mr Sullivan says.

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