PenNorth September 2019

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Registrations for NorthWrite close this Wednesday (28 August), so you need to be quick to get in on Northland’s writing event of the year! 

Next Meeting

Make sure you come along to NorthWrite for a weekend of writing, publishing, editing and poetry workshops and presentations at Barge Showgrounds Event Centre, Whangarei, on Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September.  See below for more details. 

The September meeting will be on the 21 September – venue to be announced.

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NorthWrite 2019: Expanding Horizons

30 August – 1 September 2019
Barge Showgrounds Event Centre
NorthWrite 2019: Expanding Horizons is almost here. Two masterclasses have sold out but there are still places in all other sessions. This is a wonderful opportunity to join us and our guest presenters in Whangarei.
Our presenters are top New Zealand authors, editors and publishers: Catherine Chidgey, Kate De Goldi, Harry Ricketts, Leeanna Morgan, Simon Minto and Eboni Waitere (Huia Publishers). Northland presenters include, Zana Bell, Briar Wood, Piet Nieuwland and Vivian Thonger. Jim Azevedo from Smashwords will be joining us live via webinar.
The full programme is available on the NorthWrite website and includes:

  • Masterclasses: work in a small groups with other writers, editors or poets under the guidance of an expert in their field.
  • Publishing: learn all about ebook publishing, print on demand and trade publishing.
  • Writing Techniques: learn from successful writers and editors as they present sessions on a variety of topics.
  • Conversations: discuss the writing life in creative conversations.

Sessions are filling up and registrations close Wednesday 28 August at 5pm,  so register now!

Beginners’ Guide to Screenwriting

Beginner's Guide to Screenwriting FB postWant to write for the big screen but not sure where to start?
Or maybe you’ve got a great film idea but struggling to get it down on paper.
Beginner’s Guide to Screenwriting is a dynamic two-day workshop that demystifies the nuts and bolts of screenwriting, taking you step by step through what you need to know to start writing.
No matter what level you’re at – if you want to improve your screenwriting skills, Beginners Guide to Screenwriting is designed especially for you.
Who is this workshop for? Newer screenwriters.
Facilitator: Kathryn Burnett (Read Bio).
When: Sept 7th & 8th.
Where: Studio One, Ponsonby, Auckland.
Cost: $429.00 (NB: Members of the NZSA eligible for Industry Discount $349.00).

Island Time Writing Retreat

Waiheke Island, 20-24 January and 7-10 July 2020.
Reconnect with the pleasures of writing at this five-day luxury retreat hosted by  international writing expert, Dr Helen Sword, on beautiful Waiheke Island.
Whether you are a scholarly or professional writer trying to finish an article or book, a novelist, poet, or nonfiction writer working on a manuscript, or simply a traveller looking for fresh inspiration, this immersive retreat will replenish your creative energies and provide you with strategies for getting your writing done.
Find out more on Helen’s Website.

I Had a Brother by Diana Menefy (OneTree House) 2019

I had a brotherBaby Connor’s big brother tells the story of his birth, how he wriggled, screwed up his face, became ill… and died.
An unsentimental and honest, recount of the experience of losing a newborn baby, told poignantly from the child’s point of view.
A unique addition to the small group of books that deal with death and grief. Endorsed by and beautifully illustrated by Malene Laugesen.
Find out more at the authors website.

What’s On?

FF6-front-no-bleed_option1bPoetry Events

  • Poets at ONEONESIX, Thursday 19 September, 5pm to 8pm. 116 Bank Street, Whangarei.
  • Dirty Word Open Mic: Wednesday 11 September, 7pm to 9pm. Butter Factory, Whangarei.

A full list of Northland writing events, opportunities and writers’ groups can be found on the Northland Authors website.

Competitions and Opportunities

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

AestheticaCelebrating excellence in Poetry & Short Fiction, the Award is hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine. Supporting new writing talent, it presents a fantastic chance for writers to further their involvement in the literary world.
There are two entry categories: Poetry and Short Fiction. Works previously published are accepted and there are no limitations on themes. Submissions close 31 August.
Prizes include:

  • £1,000 for each winner (Poetry and Short Fiction)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
  • Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Granta subscription and books courtesy of Vintage and Bloodaxe

NZ Heritage Book Awards 2019


Find out more on the Canterbury NZSA website. Entries close 10 September 2019. 

The NZ Writers College – 2019 Annual Short Story Award


This is an award for emerging writers in New Zealand, aiming to support beginner writers. Stories are only accepted from writers who have never been published, or who have been published fewer than four times in any genre. This includes fiction and non-fiction, in any publication (for payment or otherwise). Journalists, copywriters or web writers must please not apply. People who made a living from writing at any point in their life (e.g. decades earlier) are also not eligible for entry. There is an exception for unpaid articles for community or work newsletters, or blogs, where the circulation is under 1000. The deadline is 30 September 2019, and the prizes are:
First Prize: $1000 and publication in an anthology of winning stories
Second Prize: $500 and publication in an anthology of winning stories
Third Prize: $250
The top three winners will receive editorial comments on their submitted works.
Find out more at the NZ Writers College website.

For information on other competitions and awards check out the Calendar of Opportunities on your NZSA website’s members-only page.


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