• COURAGE DAY EVENT IN NELSON

    Every 15 November throughout the world, PEN – the international writers’ organisation that champions freedom of expression – marks the International Day of the Imprisoned Writer. NZSA, which incorporates PEN, honours this event as Courage Day. It is named jointly after James Courage, a novelist and poet whose novel ‘A Way of Love’ was banned […]

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  • NZSA (PEN NZ Inc) – Auckland Branch presents The Craft of Writing: Drafting your first novel

    NZSA (PEN NZ Inc) – Auckland Branch presents   The Craft of Writing: Drafting your first novel   Friday 17 November and Friday 24 November 6:30 to 8:45pm 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 […]

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  • Janet Frame Memorial Address from NZSA President of Honour 2017, Bernard Brown

    The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) invites you to hear Bernard Brown deliver the 2017 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture Old Government House on 31 October Three Hoots for Survival…”Till the final judgement day, the Last Trump”       Janet Frame, Owls Do Cry, 29 Our little gremlins quit home The constant absurdist Saving the world […]

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  • Carry on Writing Memoir

    Sat 25th Nov & Sat 2nd Dec 9.30am – 4.30pm Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room 9 Iver Trask Place Paraparaumu Carry on Writing Memoir is an intensive two day workshop with writer and teacher Lynn Jenner. An intensive two days of workshopping intended for people who have a project underway, are interested in keeping their motivation up, and […]

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  • The 2018 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

    The 2018 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat 23-25 February 2018 Kāpiti Coast, New Zealand   Immerse yourself in writing and conversation this summer. There’s something for everyone–whether you’re new to writing, an established writer, or somewhere in-between. Happening from 23-25 February 2018 on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast north of Wellington, the Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat is a two-day […]

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  • Opening -The Sargeson Swerve Oct 5, 5.30 – 7.00pm

    OCTOBER 5 The Sargeson Swerve: A literary life on Esmonde Road.  Hosted by Depot Artspace  Closes October 19 ‘That tiny fibrolite dwelling, set in the subsistence garden that Frank cultivated like a small farm, became a literary kingdom entirely without guards or frontiers and where the only cards of identity were books’. -Under the Bridge & Over […]

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  • Book launch – Jen Gibbs

    All are welcome to the launch of The Whimsy Primsy Collection at Point Chevalier Library on Saturday 28 October at 10:00AM. The collection contains three books: Whimsy Primsy Runs Her Race Whimsy Primsy: Sad To Glad Whimsy Primsy: Love You More Joy Cowley has already met Primsy and they became instant friends. Here’s what Joy […]

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  • Amazon Secrets from 2 Bestselling USA Authors

    Sunday 24 September at 2pm Benefit from the international publishing experience of two bestselling American science fiction authors, Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey. Rising Above the Noise: Maximizing Your Profits with Amazon is a free seminar (gold coin donation for venue hire) at Wellington Central City Library, seminar room, mezzanine floor. Understanding the Amazon algorithm […]

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  • inside . out open mic for writers

    Inside.Out Open Mic For Writers is your place for NEW WRITING, GREAT MUSIC and UPDATES. Bring writing to share at the mic, up to five or six minutes – or come chill and enjoy. Flash fiction, poetry, short story, performance poetry, life stories; they all make for compelling listening.             […]

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  • LAUNCH OF ANTHOLOGY HORIZONS 3

    The third of the biennial anthologies published by NZSA Top of the South branch will be launched on Thursday 14 September, 5.30 pm at the Refinery ArtSpace in Nelson. Horizons 3 contains the winning and shortlisted stories from the 2017 and 2016 Page & Blackmore Short Story Competitions, plus poems that have appeared in the […]

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