Interim PenNorth April 2020

As we adapt to the new learning and sharing environment, there’s so much going on out there in the writing world, we’ve decided to post an extra blog this month.

Upcoming events

NorthWrite: All NorthWrite sessions will be held on Zoom, $20.00 per person for NZSA members ($25 for non-members). We will advertise workshops to Northland writers first before advertising nationally. There are limited numbers so be in quick. All booking details will be available on the NorthWrite website.

Social Media and Blogging for Writers.1.00 – 3.30pm 16 May Presenter: Wendy Wickens.

Wendy is a blogger with over 200 followers. She will discuss issues such as creating a genuine author profile, writing great content, easily increasing your engagement level, linking up with your social media accounts, utilising statistics, and understanding some of the basic technical points. Check out her website and blog at For more details on Wendy and her workshop visit the NorthWrite website.

Call for submissions

National Flash Fiction Day: Submissions close 30th April 2020
Details here:  National Flash Fiction Day competition

Pavlova Press:  are calling for pavlova submissions for their coffee table pavlova publication – cartoons, poetry, short and longer fictions, memoir, art (digital or otherwise), photos of perfect or less-than-perfect pavlova i.e. any pavlova related items. Guidelines are on the Pavlova Press website

Contestable funding

Copyright Licensing New Zealand is running a Special Round of its Contestable Fund Grants in order to support short-term projects that have arisen or been developed to respond to the changed environment in the New Zealand writing and publishing sector during COVID-19. Applications are now open.

Free stuff

Authors give back promotion on Smashwords. Until the end of May, you can download “Beyond the Rimu Grove” by Patricia Fenton free. Just follow the link and put a copy in your cart to activate the voucher.

Published by Patricia Fenton

“The way we were” I began my teaching career in New Zealand and later worked in international schools around the globe before being appointed to the International Baccalaureate with responsibility for authoring curriculum and professional development publications. In recent times, I’ve combined my passion for writing and education to produce my first novel, Beyond the Rimu Grove. My aim was to capture and communicate “The way we were.” I’m now working on my second novel entitled War Bride. It’s a fictionalized account of the life of my late mother-in-law, Pru Fenton who met and married her Kiwi soldier in Cirencester, England in 1942.

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