Story: Arts education and training

Whitireia creative writing graduate Feterika Sao, 2013

Whitireia creative writing graduate Feterika Sao, 2013

Feterika Sao, shown here with literacy tutor Carol Legge, graduated from Whitireia Community Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Creative Writing in 2013. Sao was unable to read or write until he was 30, when – spurred by embarrassment that his young niece could read better than he could – he enrolled in a literacy class. Legge, his tutor, recognised Sao's potential as a writer when he devised an elaborate story in response to a class exercise. Sao enrolled in Whitireia's creative writing programme in 2010, and by 2013 had published a story and written a screenplay. He was the first in his family to receive a degree.

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Megan Cook and Caren Wilton, 'Arts education and training - Writers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Megan Cook and Caren Wilton, published 22 Oct 2014