The former ballet dancer wrote her book, Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong, while she was studying creative writing at Whitireia. The Young Adult novel is aimed at teenagers who feel pressured to make important life decisions for their futures - just the way Erin felt when she was seventeen. The book, which has just been released, sheds light on the intricacies of friendship, mental health and masculinity in the ordinary lives of New Zealand teens.
Erin will be talking to Jessie Bray Sharpin about writing, mental health, and how her teenage experiences with illness shaped her novel.
Drinks and nibbles will be available afterwards.
NMIT Creative Writing tutor Kerry Sunderland will be available immediately after the event to answer any questions about studying the New Zealand Diploma in Writing for the Creative Industries at NMIT in 2018.
This event is part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers programme(external link).