PenNorth November 2017



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Our next meeting will be held on Saturday 18 November, from 11am at Whangarei (refreshments available from 10.30am). The venue will be advised by email.

In lieu of a December meeting our 21st celebrations will be held on Saturday 2 December in Whangarei. There is no meeting in January and there will be no PenNorth for December and January.

21st Anniversary of Northland Branch

The Northland Branch 21st Anniversary will be held on Saturday 2 December 2017 at The Orchard in Whangarei. It will be a catered lunch and the cost is $20pp. Please contact Di if you have not received a registration form and are intending on going.

NorthWrite 2018

NorthWrite 2018 will be a one day event on Sunday 11 March 2018 preceded by a panel discussion on How to Make Money as a Writer held on the Saturday evening, 10 March. We have confirmed the following presenters: Kathryn Burnett, Whiti Hereaka, Janice Marriott, Jenny Nagle and Christine Dale (publishers) and Vicki Marsdon or Dan Myers (agents). As details are finalised they will become available on the NorthWrite website so please follow us there to stay up-to-date on developments.


Poetry Events

  • Poets at ONEONESIX will be held at 116 Bank Street, Whangarei, on Thursday 16 November, at 5pm. Gold coin door entry.


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



Takahē Short Story Competition 2017

This year the Takahē short story competition will be judged by Eileen Merriman. Maximum length for each story submitted is 2,500 words and entries must be submitted no later than Thursday 30th November 2017. The results and the winning story will be published in Takahē 92 (April 2018), and all entries will considered for publication. To find out more, visit the website:


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.

Please contact Kathy or Di if you have any announcements, items of interest or achievements you would like included in this monthly newsletter.

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