• Explore NZSA’s Podcast Library

    Have you listened to any of NZSA’s two podcast series? The NZSA Oral History Podcast Series is hosted by our own Karyn Hay, Kiwi broadcaster, NZSA member and author, and takes audio from our author oral history archives. Authors relate their stories of involvement with NZSA, chat about other writers of their generation, and describe […]

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  • Writing as Manaakitanga – WebWorkshop – with Whiti Hereaka

    10am to 12pm, Wednesday, 16 September. Story exists in the space between the teller and the audience. Learn how to create space in your writing that is both welcoming and challenging to your reader. Whiti Hereaka is an award-winning novelist and playwright of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa and Pākehā descent, based in Wellington. She holds […]

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  • NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2020

    $10,000 Opportunity for Writers. Calling for applications from writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama with a literary track record, who are currently working on a new project. This annual Fellowship is awarded each year to a mid-career or senior writer to work on a project that shows a high level of literary merit and […]

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  • The short story: character, setting, voice – WebWorkshop – with Catherine Chidgey

    10am to 12.30pm, Wednesday, 2 September. This workshop guides you through a range of bespoke writing exercises in order to generate the raw material for a short story. First you will identify a character and begin to flesh them out through consideration of a central desire as well as a problem or obstacle they must […]

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  • 2021 Gifkins Prize Open for Entries

    TEXT PUBLISHING AND THE NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY OF AUTHORS TE PUNI KAITUHI O AOTEAROA (PEN NZ) INC ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2021 MICHAEL GIFKINS PRIZE FOR AN UNPUBLISHED NOVEL ARE NOW OPEN. The prize, which celebrates the life and work of the writer and agent Michael Gifkins, seeks fiction manuscripts by […]

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  • Writing sample and synopsis assessments – subsidised for NZSA members

    StartWrite Writing Sample and Synopsis Assessment Service – for writers who want to get an appraisal for part of their work. Writers can send in a piece of writing, up to 6,000 words (for poetry up to 24 pages), and a one page synopsis. Comic / Graphic novelists need to send in a synopsis and […]

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  • National Poetry Day 2020 – Poem and Lyric Competition kaipara

    National Poetry Day Competitions | 21 August 2020 | National Poetry Day 2020 – Poem and Lyric Competition THE EBB AND FLOW OF THE KAIPARA The Kauri Museum runs the Poem and Lyric Competition for National Poetry Day in two phases. The Adult competition (over 18) and the student competition. The theme for this year […]

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  • NZSA Auckland Branch Welcomes Author C K Stead in August

    What insights for the future can we gain by looking back? How has the perception and role of the writer in society changed over the last 50 years? NZSA Auckland is pleased to host C.K. Stead this August and discuss with him his new memoir, You Have a Lot to Lose, the second volume of […]

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  • Paula Morris, 2020-2021 NZSA President of Honour – annual Janet Frame Memorial Lecture

    Paula Morris, as the 2020-2021 NZSA President of Honour will deliver the NZSA annual Janet Frame Memorial Lecture In the MacLaurin Chapel, University of Auckland 18 Princes St,  Auckland City September 2nd, Wednesday 6.30pm for 7.00pm Wine and nibbles will be served.Please book your free tickets here for catering purposes.NZSA President Mandy Hager will open the event Paula Browning, […]

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  • Hamilton Book Month August 2020

    Hamilton book month information can be found at their website www.hamiltonbookmonth.com Email address to register hamiltonbookmonth@gmail.com Events include: Poetry Soiree Lit Pub Quiz Local Authors event Flash Fiction workshop Young Adults Writers’ Panel Illustration workshop Romance and Crime panel Know Your Place Promote Yourself as an Author! workshop The Quick and The Dead panel Dominic Hoey […]

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  • Flying Solo – Anthology of NZ Writing

    Are you interested in submitting your work to be considered for inclusion in a themed anthology on the experience of single parenting? We want to read your take on ‘solo parenting’ whether humorous, enlightening, or challenging in the genre of your choice: poetry, prose (creative non-fiction), or short fiction. You may be a solo parent […]

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  • INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING, WITH HELLA BAUER

    What is creative writing? How do you start? How do you express your thoughts, stories and memories in writing, without being dull? In this six-week course you will complete exercises, discuss how to connect to the reader and share feedback. You will retrieve long-forgotten memories, make new discoveries, and laugh a lot. To stimulate the […]

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