Kia ora and welcome to the NZ Authors Northland blog. On this site, we include our monthly newsletter and highlight members’ profiles, publications, book launches and other activities including workshops, conferences and presentations. We also keep you informed about events we are planning.
In 2012, we started NorthWrite, an annual event aimed at helping writers connect with others and improve their craft. The focus of the 2012 3-day conference in Whangarei was “The Business of Writing” and included workshops, presentations and a panel discussion with our key guests — which featured award-winning members from our national literary community, including recently elected national chair of the NZ Society of Authors and children’s book author Kyle Mewburn, illustrator Fifi Colston, poet Paula Green, journalist Joe Bennet, historical novelist Deborah Challinor, novelist and short story writer David Hill, publicist and publisher Lorraine Steele and journalist and PR expert Catherine Arrow.
In 2013, we presented Northwrite 2013: Collaboration, an online festival focusing on writers working with writers and culminating in a collaborative competition.
In 2014, we held the NorthWrite 2014 Workshop Series in May and covered topics such as Editing, The Digital Process, Character, Japanese Poetry Forms, World Building and Creative Non-Fiction
In 2015, self publishing was our focus in a one day conference: NorthWrite 2015: Creating Books to be Proud of.
In 2019, a triumphant NorthWrite conference, hosting participants and presenters from throughout New Zealand, and from the United States via Zoom, was held at Barge Park in Whangarei.
2020 saw the arrival of the Covid 19 pandemic and our plans were thrown into disarray. Our parent body provided online opportunities.
In 2021, NZSA introduced a series of Regional Roadshows. Again, Covid 19 restrictions caused disruptions.
This year, our Northland Roadshow will finally proceed on 28th May 2022.
The Northland branch of the NZSA was formed in 1996, and some of the original starting members still play central roles in our organisation. Our group has expanded to include around 80 members who come from all over Northland — from farmland, bush, coastal settlements and the urban centres of Whangarei, Kaitaia, Kerikeri and Dargaville.
If you are interested in finding out more about the New Zealand Society of Authors, please go to the national website for information about the Society, its members and new membership opportunities.
If you are a writer residing in Northland and interested in finding out more about our branch, please email us at: northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.