Northland Events


Te Puna Women’s Refuge – Critiquing Raffle

Once again it’s time for Lesley Marshall’s (Member NZAMA, NZSA, IPEd) annual refuge raffle. As she does every year, Lesley is offering a Christmas raffle for a critique (or the equivalent time in editing) in memory of her son, with funds to go to Te Puna Women’s Refuge.
To enter, simply send a cheque (made out to Te Puna) to Lesley at Editline, 20 Beverley Cres, RD 9 Whangarei 0179), and she’ll put you in the draw. Alternatively, you can direct debit money into Te Puna’s account (Account: 123101 0056429 00; name: Te Puna o Te Aroha Women’s Refuge) and let her 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.adorable baby child cute

The draw will be made 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:
One chance = $20; 3 chances $30; 6 chances $40; 10 chances $50; 15 chances $60.
The refuge gets very short of food during the festive season, although one year they used the money to create a children’s playground for the families there, and another year they bought clothes for the children. Whatever they use it for, rest assured you’re creating a lot of Christmas joy with your entries. These are people who have suffered hugely, and have often walked out of what should have been their safe, happy homes with only the clothes they stand up in. They really do need all our support. And Christmas is unfortunately the refuges’ busiest time.
Please let any of your writing contacts know about the raffle – the more entries the better! $985 for Te Puna was made last year, and Lesley would love a similar amount this year. She thanks you all in advance for your support.

Poetry events:

FF6-front-no-bleed_option1bFast Fibres Poetry 6 will be a bigger, brighter, better edition, and is to be launched at several of the National Poetry Day events below:

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

Call for Submissions #1 – Kerikeri: Past, Present, Future

Kerikeri Stone Store and RiverPavlova Press is calling for submissions of poetry and short prose (fiction or non-fiction, historical or contemporary) based around Kerikeri and its inhabitants – past, present and future. Submissions are open to anyone who has a connection to Kerikeri.  All work submitted must connect to Kerikeri and/or the local surroundings in some way. Place names don’t need to be included but the feel must be that of the Kerikeri area. You do not need to consider yourself a poet or writer to enter.
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on 31 December 2019. For more details, go to the Pavlova Press website

Call for Submissions #2 – Pavlova Stories

pavlovaPavlova Press will shortly be calling for submissions of poetry, short prose (fiction or non-fiction) and images for an anthology focussing on our nation’s relationship with pavlova. We will be giving you all summer to work your magic and submissions will close on 31 March 2020. We will provide more details as they come to hand – in the meantime start thinking up various pavlova scenarios.


Whangarei Writers’ Workshop: A friendly group of writers who meet every second Friday at the Kamo Club 10.00am-12.30pm to critique work and support other writers.
Check out their Facebook page or contact Heather Whelan.

Mangawhai Writers Group: This group welcomes writers of all genres, especially those needing help, since the group has several published authors. They meet every second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm in the Old School House opposite the new Mangawhai Museum at the Heads. The meeting does include readings and feedback. Pop along and join this friendly bunch – please bring $3 to cover lights and heating. Please contact bevanconsult[at] to get involved and find out more.

Flash Fiction Club: first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:30pm. Contact: Whangarei District Library for more information

Kerikeri/Bay of Islands:  Second Monday of the month at 7–9pm. Our aim is mutual improvement and inspiration through constructive criticism. We are writing short pieces, extracts and flash fiction, both to improve our style and for publication and competition. If you’d like to join us, email Vivian at vthonger[at]gmail[dot]com.

Whangarei Writers’ Group: Second Monday of the month at 10am. This is a critique group and will be limited to just 6 – 7 people. A wait list will be created in case someone drops out. Please contact Derin Attwood on derin[at]wordlypress[dot]com.


Book Inn: Evon Morgan (formerly of The Piggery) now owns Book Inn in Kamo and is setting up a local writers’ section. Contact her if you have books you’d like to be included. Book Inn, 420 Kamo Road, 4353202. She has two tables – one each side of the entrance. One table is dedicated to NZ writers, with an emphasis on Northland writers. Several Branch members are well represented.

Kings Theatre Creative: creative gateway to the Far North, Kawakawa. Pop in and see the latest exhibition.


Creative Junction Magazine: Creative Junction is a new magazine with a Tai Tokerau focus. Please contact publisher and editor Pippa Bourke (pippa[at]creativejunction[dot]nz) for advertising enquiries or to share your news. There are also openings for writers to contribute.


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.

StartWrite Writing Appraisal Service – subsidised for NZSA members: Appraisals are available on a first come, first served basis.
The NZSA Writing Sample and Synopsis Assessment Service is an excellent opportunity for writers to get an appraisal of up to 6000 words. This is a fast and efficient way to get you on track with your work – be it poetry, short stories or an early draft of a longer manuscript. Find out more.




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