Kate De Goldi Shares Fresh Perspective with Aspiring Writers

New Zealand author Kate De Goldi brought a boost of inspiration when she visited Thames High School recently. 

“She gave me ways to think about the world differently which will be used in my creative writing pieces,” said one student. “I found it very helpful.”

De Goldi specifically worked with Year 12 students who are preparing to work on the creative elements of their NCEA Level 2 Writing Portfolios. Year 9 to 13 students also had opportunities to take part in workshops during the two days she spent at THS. 

It’s part of an English department effort to ensure students have opportunities to learn from highly-regarded working authors. Earlier this year, students heard from Eleanor Catton and other literary stars at the Auckland Writers Festival. 

De Goldi’s message included an emphasis on creativity with a balance of inspiration and practical advice, students said. 
“She taught me how to get my mind actively thinking for new ideas,” said one student. “She also taught me how to structure a creative piece, which is very helpful.”

Kate De Goldi’s visit was sponsored by the New Zealand Book Council’s Writers in Schools program.