• Youth Mentorship Programme Seeks Emerging Young Writers  

    Four secondary school students will each have the opportunity to be mentored by one of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to develop their craft and hone their writing skills. The NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme 2018 offers these aspiring young writers (aged 15-18) a mentorship, from May to November, giving them the opportunity to gain […]

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  • International Children’s Book Day April 2

    Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.   Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme […]

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  • PEN America and PEN Center USA Unite Against Threats to Expression

    PEN Center USA in LA to Join Forces with PEN America in New York to Create National Organization   PEN America and PEN Center USA will join forces in 2018 as a stronger national organization under the banner of PEN America, uniting writers coast to coast to bolster the defense of free expression in the […]

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  • Thirty-four excellent kiwi kids’ books ripe for reading – The Sapling’s picks

      Children’s book website The Sapling has released its inaugural Best Books List over the past week, listing 34 homegrown books that cover every reading interest and genre published in New Zealand. ‘Since launching in March, we have read or paid others to read almost every single book published in New Zealand. While even we […]

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  • #NZChristmasBookChallenge and #ReadtoSucceed

    This Christmas, make one of your gifts a book by a NZ writer, published by a NZ publisher, bought from a NZ book shop.  #NZChristmasBookChallenge We are promoting a ‘BUY NZ Books’ campaign for Christmas. With the tight economics of book publishing in NZ and the reduced retail visibility of books, we know that if we all buy one book […]

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  • 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Māori Book Awards Finalists and Winners

    2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Māori Book Awards Finalists and Winners The finalists and winners in the 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards are: Te Reo Māori Title: Te Mauri o Te Whare – WINNER Authors: Agnes McFarland; rāua ko Taiarahia Black Publisher: NZCER Press   Title: Mauri Ora: Wisdom from the Māori World Authors: Peter […]

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  •  Kiwi personalities back the book

    What do a Shortland St star, three reality TV stars and four media broadcasters have in common? They know how important it is to love reading.   Today the New Zealand Book Council launches their advocacy campaign #ReadToSucceed.   “We published research earlier this year that found almost 400,000 Kiwis didn’t read a book last […]

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  • Michael King Writers’ Centre 2018 Residency Recipients Announced

    Next year New Zealand’s largest writer-residency organisation will host its largest-ever number of residencies, offering opportunities to 15 emerging and established writers – historians, memoirists, essay writers, fiction writers, poets and dramatists. Established writers include Courtney Sina Meredith (Early Summer), Fiona Samuel (Winter) Jacquie McRae (Māori residency), Tracy Farr (Spring) and Mark Broatch (Late Spring). […]

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  • The Craft of Writing: drafting your first novel – presented by NZSA Auckland!

      The Craft of Writing 6.30pm to 8.45pm, Friday 17 Nov and Friday 24 Nov  Writing your first novel and need some help? These two workshops will cover key aspects of novel writing relevant for work aimed at an adult, YA or a children’s audience. Learn about narrative structure, plot and character arcs, dialogue, point […]

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  • The rise and rise of New Zealand children’s publishing – Tessa Duder

    Keynote speech – Storylines National Children’s Writers and Illustrators’ Hui, 6 October 2017 Once upon a time – about 1978 – a young mother of four was struck in the middle of the night with an idea for a children’s novel. A sailing adventure! A family in peril! Would they survive the night?! This was […]

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