Write Where You Are

Write Where You Are

Help us bring the benefits of creative writing workshops to prisons and other communities which face barriers to participation in the arts.


Participation in the arts is recognised as a human right by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Artistic practice is not only good for the individual, it's also good for the community at large. Creative writing improves literacy and self esteem, and provides a socially constructive way to process emotions.

Write Where You Are is a charitable trust dedicated to fostering and encouraging the teaching of creative writing around the country, to people who face barriers to participation in the arts. We have a specially designed 8-week programme, and have been working in prisons for the last two years as volunteers and contractors.

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We are a group of writers and teachers. We teach creative writing workshops in places where people face barriers to participation in the arts, such as prisons and low income communities. Participation in the arts is recognised as a human right by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. It brings many benefits, both personal and social.

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Prison Voices Heard at New Zealand Festival of the Arts  9 March 2018

WWYA would like to thank everyone who attended and took part in the Writers & Readers Prison Voices event at Rimutaka Prison.

This even marks the end of two eight-week creative writing courses WWYA have facilitated at Rimutaka Prison, in February and March of this year.

17 women and 15 men from the two prisons took part in two separate events, sharing their work with over 60 members of the public. We were joined by Festival guest writers Intan Paramaditha, Harry Giles Jock Serong, Sarah Gmitter, Brannavan Gnanalingam, Paula Green, Ian Tregillis and Brent Williams.

Thanks to The Department of Corrections, The New Zealand Festival, and Arts Access Aotearoa

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