Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara Roadshow

Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara Roadshow


What’s on:

  • Welcome and Keynote Address with Vanda Symon
  • Opening Kōrero: Witi Ihimaera in conversation with Vanda Symon.
  • Masterclasses: Poetry Masterclass with Siobhan Harvey; Successful World-building with Elizabeth Knox; Making 3D Characters with Brannavan Gnanalingam; On Vulnerability: A Creative Non-Fiction Workshop with Lana Lopesi.
  • Workshops: Conquering the Local and Global Self-Publishing Markets with Janna Ruth; Advanced book promotions and marketing with Isa Pearl Ritchie; How far can we stray from the Truth with Gigi Fenster; Finished a manuscript? Well done… Now let the real work begin! with Anna Mackenzie.
  • Presentations & Discussions: Writing our Histories – Vincent O’Malley with Paul Diamond; Getting Through the Hoops: Gigi Fenster, Mikaela Nyman. Chaired by Siobhan Harvey

NZSA Dinner to follow at the Backbencher on Molesworth Street. Two courses for $50 and a literary quiz! Everyone welcome.

Please note that changes may need to be made on the day, due to the uncertainty of the pandemic. In the event of illness of a presenter, we will provide an alternative session on the day and wherever possible, will arrange masterclass sessions in person or online with the original presenter, after the event.  

We will be following all Government guidelines regarding the safe management of events in accordance with the traffic light system at the time of the roadshow. We have taken all precautions to run this event safely at Orange. Please refer to the Events and Entertainment section of the Government covid19.govt.nz website for more information.


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.