PenNorth November 2020

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

Jodi Picoult


Next NZSA Northland Meeting

Saturday 21st November at 10am via Zoom. Karen Phillips will send the Zoom link with the agenda.

December Meeting

Sunday 13th December at 11am at Di Menefy’s home, for end-of-year celebration, shared lunch and Courage Day postcards. Karen will send directions for the venue with the agenda.


Thursday 26 November 5.00pm – 7.30pm 116 Bank Street Whangarei

Thursday 17 December 5.00pm – 7.30pm 116 Bank Street Whangarei

Message from Piet Nieuwland

Thanks to those people who supported INTANGENTIAL and the Whangarei Fringe Festival 2020 – it was great fun eh and planning is already underway for Whangarei Fringe 2021!!!


NZSA New Draft constitution – vote online now or attend the Special AGM on November 22.


Congratulations to Caroline Lawson on a successful book launch on 20th October 2020, at the new Kawakawa Library. The launch of Memories of a Community Cop was enthusiastically supported by an audience of fifty, including members of Quin Turton’s family and the local community for whom it evoked treasured memories. 


Enrolments are open for NorthTec’s fully online writing diplomas. Three diploma levels and a wide range of papers. Contact NorthTec at 0800 162 100 or email Zana Bell (zbell[at]

Whangarei Writers’ Workshop:  Contact Heather Whelan – heatherwhelan2[at]  Meet Friday mornings 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM at the Kamo Club, 7 Meldrum St, Kamo.

Te Puna Women’s Refuge Critiquing Raffle

Lesley Marshall is running her annual Christmas raffle. The prize is a critique (or the equivalent time in editing) in memory of Lesley’s son, with funds to go to Te Puna Women’s Refuge.

To enter, simply send a cheque (made out to Te Puna) to Lesley Marshall (Editline, 20 Beverley Cres, RD 9 Whangarei 0179), and she will put you in the draw. Alternatively, you can direct debit money into Te Puna’s account (Acc: 123101 0056429 00; name: Te Puna o Te Aroha Women’s Refuge) and let Lesley know what you’ve paid them so she knows how many chances to give you. If an overseas writer wants to enter they can donate to their local refuge equivalent. You can contact Lesley at editline[at]

The draw is on 20 December. The critique is for a novel or any similar piece of work, and the winner can send it any time in the next year, either on paper or by email. The costs for entries are as follows:

One chance = $20; 3 chances $30; 6 chances $40; 10 chances $50; 15 chances $60.

(This annual raffle is organised by NZSA’s dedicated WIP (Writers In Prisons) Committee Coordinator Lesley Marshall and we are happy to promote such an important issue.)

Submissions for Pavlova Press anthology

Summer is on the way and we are looking for pavlova poems, images, cartoons and stories (fiction and nonfiction) that could become part of a pavlova-themed book. Whether funny, sad, dramatic, evocative, mysterious, romantic, catastrophic, thrilling or life-changing put pavlova at the centre of the table. Submissions close 31 March 2021. All details are here.

Blog sites

Justine Payen:                   

Heather Whelan:  Boots, Bikes and Back Roads.

NorthTec Online Writing Class:



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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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