PenNorth October 2019


blackboard-chalk-chalkboard-261734Now that we’ve recovered from such a fantastic NorthWrite weekend, it’s time to take all that fresh inspiration and get some words on the page… 

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on the 19 October – venue to be announced.

Latest News

Take the Plunge – Book Launch

Taking the PlungeJody Reynolds is having a book launch for his first novel, Taking the Plunge, in the May Bain room at the Whangarei Library on Saturday October 12th, 10.30-12.30. Please pop in to support Jody and say hello. 

Why I Did It: Author completes 100 stories project

Mike BMichael Botur began publishing 100 short stories across April-August. It interrupted his work and his family, and he nearly ran out of material. Here’s why he did it…
Read the full article on The Big Idea website.


Northland Noteworthies:

  • Zana Bell has a story coming out in an anthology Green and Black published by Green Flax. Her story, Unravelling,  was a finalist in a competition judged by Catherine Chidgey.
  • Di Menefy’s I Had a Brother had its first review (in the Herald) and it was very positive.

What’s On?

FF6-front-no-bleed_option1bPoetry Events

  • Poets at ONEONESIX, Thursday 17 October and Thursday 21 November, 5pm to 7.30pm. 116 Bank Street, Whangarei,


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

Competitions and Opportunities

Call for Submissions

We are NZWe Are New Zealand is an anthology of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and visual art which celebrates the voices, experiences and ethnicities that form contemporary New Zealand.
The editors are seeking submissions in fiction and nonfiction, poetry and visual art.
The deadline is the 31st of October.
find out more at the We Are New Zealand website.

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.

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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