Short stories for children by Kāpiti authors will be sought from the beginning of next month for a collection it’s hoped to publish later this year.
All the stories are set in the Kāpiti Coast.
The project is being run by the Kāpiti Children’s Writers’ group, a group of six published children’s authors.
Six local authors
The Group comprises Pam Kessler, Carole Boddie, Vivienne Joseph, Anna Kenna, Jill MacGregor and Anne Ingram — and the project has been made possible by a Creative Communities’ grant from the Kapiti Coast District Council.
The writers’ group grew from a children’s writing course run 12 years ago by author, Vivienne Joseph.
Two participants, Pam Kessler, and Carole Boddie, began having occasional lunch meetings. Then they invited Vivienne to join in and found this was an ideal way to reduce the isolation of writing and keep motivation strong.
Creative Communities’ Grant
Recently the group decided to apply for a grant from the Creative Communities’ scheme so they could produce an anthology written by Kāpiti writers and set in Kāpiti.
A spokesperson for the group says: “We thought this was a wonderful way for children to celebrate and identify with living in Kāpiti and raise the profile of our many talented writers who live here.
“In any bookshop these days the shelves are full of imported stories. We feel strongly that reading about children living here is important on many levels and we are grateful to the Creative Communities scheme for also believing in our project.”
Stories will be solicited from the beginning of next month.
Submission forms, with a full list of criteria and entry details, are being made available at all Kapiti Coast District Libraries.