Critical / Expository Writing Category

Raymond Kemp - "Did Hedda Babler and Miss Julie have to die?"

Creative Writing Category

Tina Dahlberg – "Makareti"

Tina Dahlberg Tina writes: “Writing was always something that felt ‘natural’ to me, but it wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I took my desire to write seriously.

“The creative writing courses at Massey provided the perfect opportunity to learn about the craft, so in 2007 I enrolled in Creative Writing, Writing Poetry: Love, Loss & Looking Around, and Life Writing. My prior studies include a BA (Social Anthropology) and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Maori Studies). I have also been Kaitautoko Maori in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences since 2005, and I am mother to two incredible children.

“At the end of 2007 I gathered my writing from the year and applied for the MA Creative Writing through the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. I felt extremely fortunate when my application was accepted, and have spent 2008 working on a short story collection for the MA.

“Future plans include researching my Moriori heritage for a creative non-fiction / fiction manuscript I hope to produce, and spending more time taking the kids to the beach.

I’d like to acknowledge R.G. Frean for his generosity in creating this award, and thank the teaching staff in the School of English and Media Studies, particularly Dr Ingrid Horrocks.”


Download Tina's winning assignment for 139.226 Life Writing:  Kuia (56 KB)

Copyright Tina R Makereti Dahlberg, used with permission.

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