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Hamilton Students Take on 48-hour Sci-Fi Writing Challenge

20 February 2013

Thirty local students from six Hamilton Secondary Schools will have 48 hours to produce their best piece of creative writing in a competition inspired by the sci-fi and fantasy exhibition, White Cloud Worlds at Waikato Museum.

Hamilton City Libraries, Waikato Museum and Community Development and Leisure created the competition with the support of Wintec Media Theory, Drama and Storytelling Lecturer Gail Pittaway, who is looking forward to hosting a creative writing workshop at Garden Place Library.  

“White Cloud Worlds is an inspiring exhibition full of images of people and places at extraordinary moments,” Mrs Pittaway says. “This competition offers 30 school students a chance to stretch their imaginations and write about any aspect of this exhibition in an original way.  

“This is a unique opportunity for top secondary student writers to explore and create their own new worlds of words.”  

The students will  also visit Waikato Museum to spend time viewing the White Cloud Worlds exhibition, a collection of science fiction and fantasy artworks conjured to life by 25 of New Zealand’s sci-fi and fantasy illustrators, designers and conceptual artists; many of whom have been involved with Lord of The Rings, Avatar, Wizards of the Coast and Marvel comics.  

The 48 hour challenge will take place from 6pm 22 February to 6pm 24 February before six finalists are selected. The winner will be announced at a special event at Waikato Museum on 8 March.   The competition has been generously supported by Hamilton businesses Bond and Bond, Hell Pizza, Westfield, Event Cinemas, Hamilton Wine Company and White Cloud Worlds artist and editor Paul Tobin.    


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