NZSA Regional Roadshows 2021


The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Regional Roadshow brings professional development to the regions. In 2021, the NZSA is offering one-day professional development workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions in seven regions across New Zealand.

These events are organised in partnership with local NZSA branches to build collegiality, connection and new opportunities for professional development in local settings.

The events are lively, inclusive, stimulating and practical and offer something for writers across the spectrum. Sessions will cover craft, publishing, marketing and much more!

Whangarei Roadshow


Image (l to r from top): Ataria Sharman, Lynn Jenner, Whiti Hereaka, Mandy Hager, Lesley Marshall, Janna Ruth

What’s on:

Welcome and Keynote Address with Whiti Hereaka
Masterclass: Research for Fiction with Mandy Hager
Workshops: Theme Words in Prose with Lynn Jenner; Pitch, and Get Your Pitch Accepted with Ataria Sharman;  Writing for YA with Whiti Hereaka; Conquering the Self-publishing Markets in NZ and the US with Janna Ruth; Editing with Lesley Marshall 
Presentations & Discussions: Getting through the hoops with Whiti Hereaka, Ataria Sharman and Lynn Jenner. Chaired by Mandy Hager.

We will be following all Government guidelines regarding the safe management of events in whichever alert level is in place at the time of the roadshow. We have taken all precautions to run this event safely at level 1 or level 2. Please refer to the Events and Entertainment section of the Government website for more information.


Auckland/Tāmaki-makau-rau and Waikato NZSA Roadshow – postponement info

Our team and presenters have all been looking forward to bringing the Roadshow to Auckland/Tāmaki-makau-rau and Waikato and we will do all we can to ensure that we still offer this event in-person – so long as alert level changes allow us to. If you are unable to participate in the alternative event, we can refund your ticket. Please email with any questions.

Regions Involved:

Dunedin/Ōtepoti Roadshow – PAST

Christchurch/Ōtautahi Roadshow- PAST

Nelson/Whakatū – PAST

Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara: PAST


Whanganui: past

Whangārei: 13 Nov open for bookings

Auckland/Tāmaki-makau-rau and Waikato: postponed

(Please note that Roadshows may be rescheduled if we have any significant changes in alert levels in the regions or nationally.)

Regional Roadshow interest form 2021

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Previous Roadshows – highlights and insights


It’s difficult to find just one highlight. I attended masterclasses by Mandy and Paula and both were exceptional. It was lovely to connect with other writers too.  aha! Actually there was a highlight, in Paula’s address when she made us all welcome and included us all in the writerly community, that was the highlight for me.

I think the variety of speakers was great. I was inspired by Steff, she was interesting, I took a lot of points away from her lecture, one gutsy lady!!

Meeting other NZ writers and the NZSA executive.

The opening address by Paula Morris was the highlight for me. Very encouraging and inspiring.

Being in the same space as people who love to write.

This was a wonderful occasion and I was made to feel very welcome. Thank you so much.

I was really impressed at the event and thrilled that COVID19 made it possible. I would not have travelled to Auckland (and even knowing how good the event was, I’m sorry I still wouldn’t; it’s simply too costly in terms of both money and time); I would perhaps stretch to Christchurch but I always love a chance to visit Dunedin.

 I would attend religiously, even if they were quarterly.

Meeting Steph Green and learning about promoting written work.

It was all a highlight/ I liked the two master classes run by Paula and Mandy and also Gavin Bishop’s session. Also very good was Paula’s opening.

For me, it was the editing session with Sue Copsey.

Connecting with other writers. Plus workshops – special mention to Paula Morris.