Northland Events


NorthWrite 2019: Expanding Horizons

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Join us 30 August–1 September 2019 at the Barge Showgrounds Event Centre, Whangarei.

  • Masterclasses: work in a small group with other writers, editors or poets under the guidance of experts in their field. Numbers are limited and places are filling quickly.
  • Publishing: Learn all about ebook publishing, print on demand and trade publishing.
  • Writing Techniques: Successful writers and editors present sessions on a variety of topics.
  • Conversations: discuss the writing life in creative conversations.

Check out the exciting programme now at
Early-bird registrations close midnight 31 July. Full price from 1 August.

Like to share your writing at NorthWrite 2019?

The NorthWrite Committee would like to include writing by Northlanders on the fronts of bags provided to conference participants. We are using paper carrier bags and we hope to decorate each of these with a piece of local creative writing.
If you would like a piece or pieces of your writing to be included, please either:

  • bring to the NZSA branch meetings in June or July
  • give to a committee member – Di, Justine, Kathy, Lesley or Margaret
  • post to Kathy Derrick, PO Box 841, Kerikeri 0245 in an A4 envelope.


  • One piece of writing only on each sheet.
  • The writing must be a completed work – a poem, flash fiction, short story or equivalent.
  • The writer’s name should be included.
  • The writing must be as easily readable as possible – written in at least a 12-point font, 1.5-spaced and if on a coloured background, the print should be black.
  • Printed on one A4-sized sheet of paper or thin card in portrait orientation – please don’t fold.
  • You can submit as many pieces as you like. We’ll use as many as possible.

Any questions can be emailed to margareta.cahill[at]gmail[dot]com.

Winter Writing Workshops Coming to Mangawhai

Michael Botur best author photo 4Award-winning author Michael Botur is bringing some creative warmth to Mangawhai this winter with a course of creative writing workshops.
Held on all five Saturdays during August, the course is focused on fiction, primarily short stories, and will be delivered in the Mangawhai Pioneer Village church hall (movie theatre).
The course will help new and emerging writers to learn about plot, characterisation, prose, point of view and other literary essentials with a focus on ‘keeping it real’ and staying on top of digital publishing trends. The course will emphasise empowerment and confidence, with beginners warmly welcomed.
Participants are expected to attend all five workshops, with some discretion for drop-ins.
In week two of the course author Fiona Sussman will be sharing her expertise. Sussman is author of two award-winning novels and many short stories.
The fee for the five weekly classes is $385. To book, email judy[at] or contact Judy Tindill on 021-794394. Read more about it on Facebook or the Write Up North website.

100 NZ Stories, 100 Days: Short Story Campaign

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Northland author Michael Botur has launched a programme of publishing short stories every day for 100 days on social media and is encouraging other Kiwi writers to do the same. The intention is to keep short fiction writing in the public consciousness every day by using social media.
Botur hopes that the campaign will encourage fiction writers to publish ‘snackable’, shortish writing online. “It will help us find new readers and it will remind the public that short fiction needs to be valued as an art form.” The published stories don’t necessarily need to be new – writers are encouraged to post links to flash fiction and short prose already published in literary magazines and blogs.
Botur says, “Short-fiction writers need to reclaim their place in daily media. Literature is an art form that generates meaningful discussion about cultural experiences. It’s deeply therapeutic for everyone, whether writing or reading – plus reading a lot of this material is completely free.”
Authors are urged to publish their 100 pieces on any consecutive days across autumn to spring (30 April to 9 August) and use the hashtag #100NZStories100days to support one another.

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:

  • Fast Fibres Poetry 6 Book Launch: Thursday 22 August, 5.30pm to 7.30pm. ONEONESIX 116 Bank Street Whangarei.
  • Poetry in the Cave & Fast Fibres Poetry 6 launch: Friday 23 August, 6pm to 8pm. Butter Factory Cave, Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei.
  • Poetry Popup & Fast Fibres Poetry 6 launch: Saturday 24 August, 10 am till 12 midday. Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue.
  • Kings Theatre Creative Poetry Open Mic & Fast Fibres Poetry 6 launch: Sunday 25 August, 1 to 3pm. Kings Theatre Creative, 80 Gillies Street, Kawakawa.
  • Kauri Museum Poetry and Song Lyric Competition and Open Mic: Friday 23 August, 6.30 to 8pm. The Kauri Museum, 5 Church Road, Matakohe. Judged by Jed Towns, Ruth Smellie and Piet Nieuwland.

And then there are more events coming up in September:

  • Poets at ONEONESIX, Thursday 19 September, 5pm to 8pm. 116 Bank Street, Whangarei.
  • Dirty Word Open Mic: Wednesday 11 September, 7pm to 9pm. Butter Factory, Whangarei.


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.


Writers Up North: NZSA members and other Northland writers are encouraged to visit for Northland writing updates and to send their writing news to admin[at]  Facebook group Writers Up North.

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.


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award: Celebrating excellence in Poetry & Short Fiction, the Award is hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine. Supporting new writing talent, it presents a fantastic chance for writers to further their involvement in the literary world.
There are two entry categories: Poetry and Short Fiction. Works previously published are accepted and there are no limitations on themes. Submissions close 31 August.
Prizes include:

  • £1,000 for each winner (Poetry and Short Fiction)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
  • Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Granta subscription and books courtesy of Vintage and Bloodaxe

NZ Heritage Book Awards 2019


Find out more on the Canterbury NZSA website. Entries close 10 September 2019. 

The NZ Writers College – 2019 Annual Short Story Award


This is an award for emerging writers in New Zealand, aiming to support beginner writers. Stories are only accepted from writers who have never been published, or who have been published fewer than four times in any genre. This includes fiction and non-fiction, in any publication (for payment or otherwise). Journalists, copywriters or web writers must please not apply. People who made a living from writing at any point in their life (e.g. decades earlier) are also not eligible for entry. There is an exception for unpaid articles for community or work newsletters, or blogs, where the circulation is under 1000. The deadline is 30 September 2019, and the prizes are:
  First Prize: $1000 and publication in an anthology of winning stories
  Second Prize: $500 and publication in an anthology of winning stories
  Third Prize: $250
  The top three winners will receive editorial comments on their submitted works.
Find out more at the NZ Writers College 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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