PenNorth June 2018

This month’s PenNorth is a short edition focussing on Northland events.

Our next meeting will be held on Sunday 24 June, Kings Theatre Creative, Kawakawa from 11am (refreshments available from 10.30am). The meeting will be followed by National Flash Fiction Day Celebrations, details below.

National Flash Fiction Day, Northland Celebrations

Sunday 24 June 2018, 1pm at Kings Theatre Creative, Kawakawa. Join us for a workshop at 1pm ($10 at the door) followed by an open mic from 2.30pm. Email Kathy for further details kderrick[at]

Fiction Writing Crash Course

​Saturday 30 June 2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library

Michael Botur’s workshop will cover how to get fiction writing completed and self-published. Topics include voice, character, prose and editing. The workshop will also include a brief introduction to Medium, Smashwords, Createspace, Wattpad, Bookfunnel, Goodreads and other online self-publishing and promotion platforms. Cost is $35. To register, please send an email to mike[at] Further details here:

NorthWrite 2018 Mini: Springing out of Winter

Write away your winter blues by entering the Northland branch of the NZ Society of Authors national short story competition. The competition is open now and closes on 31 July 2018. The winners will be announced on 1st September 2018. Previously unpublished stories on any theme and up to 1500 words can be submitted as an rtf or docx file by email to northlandauthors[at] The cost per story is $15 and you can enter as many times as you like. Stories will be judged anonymously so please do not put your name on your story. Judges are Diana Menefy and Justine Payen and the prizes are as follows:

  • First prize – $300 plus publication on the NorthWrite website
  • Second prize – Editing of a short story of up to 3000 words
  • Third prize – $50 book token

The Conditions of Entry state all entry criteria and should be read prior to any submissions being made. If submissions do not follow the guidelines your entry will be disqualified.

Poetry Events

  • Wednesday 6 June, 7pm: Poetry Open Mic, Cherry Park House, 170 Landing Road, Kerikeri.
  • Wednesday 13 June, 7pm: Dirtyword Open Mic, Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei.
  • Thursday 21 June, 5pm: Poets at ONEONESIX, 116 Bank Street, Whangarei.

Fast Fibres Poetry Collective is producing a fifth collection to display the talents of Northland poets. It will be launched in print and online on National Poetry Day, August 24, 2018. Poets with a strong connection to Northland are invited to submit 3 poems, each no longer than 20 lines, plus a two-line biographical statement. Deadline: June 15. Email: fastfibres[at] Website:

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



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