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Monday, 24 November 2014 08:59 pm

Online literary journal released this week by Whitireia schools

IN A series of clicks, poetry fans all over the world can now access the latest offerings from Whitireia New Zealand’s creative writing programme.
 
4th Floor 2012 is the freshest edition of the annual online journal which is a team effort between the tertiary institute’s creative writing and publishing courses.
 
The journal has been published this week for the seventh time to showcase the writing talent surrounding Whitireia Polytechnic’s creative writing students and teaching staff.

The online format works well for creative writing because it’s easily and instantly accessible to people all over the world says Whitireia writing tutor Hinemoana Baker.
 
“The advantages of online publishing are huge in terms of distribution and cost-saving,” she says.
 
She has edited the journal for five years and chooses poetry and prose from submissions for inclusion within it. 

Students from the Diploma of Publishing share the proof-reading work and are responsible for the technical aspects of the online form as well as copy-editing and content management.
 
“It’s a big learning opportunity for them, too, because this is something that really goes out into the world,” she says.
 
Ms Baker describes the journal as a strong collection of writing from a diverse group of contributors.
 
“I think 4th Floor offers a real variety of voices. Whitireia Polytechnic seems to attract a wide student base.”
 
She says creative writing students often choose to go on to further study or write books of poetry but still contribute to the journal.
 
“Often our students go on to do other things but they do feel loyalty to Whitireia,” she says.
 
The school boasts an impressive collection of past students and teachers who have contributed to 4th Floor 2012.
 
These include recently returned Berlin writer-in-residence Kate Camp, Iowa writer-in-residence Jeffrey Paparoa Holman and Lynn Jenner, the 2011 winner of the Jessie Mackay award at NZ Post Book Awards.
 
4th Floor 2012 is also offered as a free downloadable e-book anthology in various formats, and past issues are available from the same site.

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