PenNorth June 2016



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Members’ Announcements

  • Branch members, Justine Payen, Michelle Cumber, Kath Wynn, Jac Jenkins, Rae Roadley, and Sun Lyoung Kim have work published in Dancing on Air, a collection of writing by NorthTec students.
  • Heather Whelan has a new website:

Please let Kathy or Margaret know if you have any achievements you would like to announce.

Why are you a member?

We would appreciate members writing a short paragraph outlining the advantages they enjoy as members to help promote NZSA among Northland writers. Please send your piece to the NZSA Northland email address: northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com. The information will be collated and used in press releases and leaflets.

Members’ Books

We would like to encourage members to discuss their books on this site. You can have one book (or one series of books) featured in PenNorth (until all members have had an opportunity and then you are welcome to feature another one) which will also be displayed on our Books page here. Descriptions should be kept to around 200 words. If you are interested, please send an image of the cover and your description to Kathy or to northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com. Remember this is your forum. If you would like your book featured then please let us know.

Northland Branch Flash Fiction Events

Learn how to flash!
Learn how to write flash fiction or hone your flash writing skills at a one-hour workshop led by flash fiction writer and editor, Sian Williams. This short-fiction genre of between 200–500 words is growing in popularity “because life is short and so is some of the best fiction”. The workshop will take place from 1.30–2.30pm on Sunday, 26 June at Kings Theatre Creative in Kawakawa. The fee is $10. Places are limited so contact to register your interest.

Enjoy a flash afternoon
Come along and hear some winning flash fiction at Kings Theatre Creative in Kawakawa on Sunday 26 June. The Northland winner of the National Flash Fiction Competition will be awarded a trophy and $50 and read their winning entry. The floor will then be opened to all writers to read their flash fiction. Starts at 2.30pm (following the Flash fiction workshop) with a cup of tea and then 3–4pm for the prize-giving and readings. This is your chance to present your flash works and enjoy stories by local writers. Bring your family and friends to share the vibes.

June Meeting

Our June meeting is on Sunday 26 June (note change of day and date) at Kings Theatre Creative, Kawakawa, followed by the Flash Fiction workshop, award giving and readings. The meeting starts at 11am. Dates for 2016 meetings can be found here.


Poets @ Piano Bar and Restaurant, Rust Ave, Whangarei Thursday 16 June 5pm– 8pm:  Featuring Ron Riddell

Ron Riddell is an award-winning and internationally-known writer who has, in recent years, been travelling and working in the Americas, most notably Colombia. Riddell has performed in many festivals and cultural venues around the world and his verse collection, “Leaves of Light”, was awarded The House of Poetry International Poetry Award for 2005.

NZ Book Week Event, Sunday 30 October.

Aroha Harris, the co-author of Tangata Whenua and winner of the illustrated non-fiction section of the Ockham NZ Book Awards, has been confirmed as our keynote speaker at this event. After her talk local authors who have recently published books will introduce and talk about their new books. Please let us know if you have work you would like to present. Northland members can sell their books at this event. Contact northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com to arrange to be included.

Tuatara Design Store

Tuatara Design Store in Bank St, Whangarei showcases art and craft work by Northland artists. They are willing to sell books by Northland authors in their shop. Contact Tracey at or phone 09 430 0121.

Writers’ Retreat: ‘Write for Your Life plus The Dark Art of Poetry.’ 15 July – 17 July, Peria Valley, Northland.

Explore and extend your natural writing abilities in an inspiring environment with experienced facilitators and authors, Sitara Morgenster and Linda Hansen. The cost is $305 for weekend accommodation and all meals; plus a donation for the facilitators. If you wish to stay on for a three day writing retreat afterwards the cost is a further $190 for accommodation and all meals, plus your donation. For further information and to make a booking go to

Northland Writing Groups

The National Office of NZSA is updating information about writers’ groups around the country. If you are a member of a writing group that would like to be listed on the NZSA website, please email us on northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com with the name of the group, contact details, venues and meeting times.

A full list of Northland writing events and opportunities (including writers’ groups and information on the Whangarei Community Publications Trust) can be found here.



Competitions and Awards for Writers

For information on other competitions and awards please use NZSA’s Death by Deadline on the members-only page of the NZSA website.


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016: Call for entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize, presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts.

Short fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016.

To enter, visit

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