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 will offer one-day professional development workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions in seven regions across New Zealand.

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

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

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.

TBC – 27 November 2021. If you are unable to participate in the alternative event, we can refund your ticket. Please email with any questions.

Save the Date

Whangārei: 13 Nov (programme to be released soon)

Auckland/Tāmaki-makau-rau and Waikato: TBC 27 Nov

Dunedin/Ōtepoti Roadshow – PAST

Christchurch/Ōtautahi Roadshow- PAST

Nelson/Whakatū: PAST

Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara: PAST

Napier/Ahuriri – Past

Whanganui: Past

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

Auckland/Tāmaki-makau-rau and Waikato NZSA Roadshow


AUT Southern Campus, 640 Great South Rd, Manukau 

Image (l to r from top): Gigi Fenster, Airini Beautrais, Pip Adam, Lee Murray, Mandy Hager, Tina Makereti, Graci Kim, Paula Morris, Anne Kennedy, Caroline Barron, James Russell, Amy McDaid, Siobhan Harvey, Tina Shaw.

Please note that some sessions are concurrent and have limited spaces so select your workshop at the time of registration. Any sold out sessions will be limited to those who pre-registered. Please refer to your registration email or visit the registration desk if you are not sure which sessions you signed up for.

The event is open to all writers and to those working across the literary sector, with a wide range of affordable prices for students, NZSA members, non-members, and those wishing to become members.

NB: The Campus has parking for 400 cars, and Saturday all-day parking for $2.

What’s on:

  • Welcome with Mandy Hager
  • Keynote Address from NZSA 2020-2021 President of Honour Dr Paula Morris
  • Masterclasses: Research in Fiction with Mandy Hager; Poetry with Siobhan Harvey; The Structural Puzzle with Paula Morris; Storytelling with Airini Beautrais
  • Workshops: How far can we stray from the Truth with Gigi Fenster; Who are You: Creating a Successful Protagonist with Tina Shaw
  • Presentations & Discussions: Pitching and Querying with Graci Kim; Staying in love with your work with Pip Adam; Creating Best-sellers with James Russell; Getting Through the Hoops: Caroline Barron, Tina Makereti, and Lee Murray. Chaired by Siobhan Harvey; Writing Outside Ourselves: Anne Kennedy and Amy McDaid. Chaired by Pip Adam
  • Closing lecture: Tina Makereti

At 5.30pm we hope you can join us for a drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on offer) while we announce the winner of the Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished Novel for 2021, celebrate the launch of 2020 Michael Gifkins Prize recipient Gigi Fenster’s winning novel A Good Winter (to be launched by Pip Adam) and toast the CLNZ Writers Award and Research Grant recipients!


Previous Roadshows – highlights and insights

These events have been and 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 cover craft, publishing, marketing and much more!

The first step of our roving professional development journey began in Ōtepōti/Dunedin, in the rohe of Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki who opened our event. We then traversed to Ōtautahi/Christchurch to the lands of Ngāi Tahu and are soon on to visit Nelson before heading north across the Cook Strait.

We have been lucky to have a team of talented, experienced writers and teachers share their knowledge and expertise with our attendees across the South Island including NZSA President of Honour Paula Morris, current Poet Laureate David Eggleton, fiction writer and editor Sue Copsey, self-publishing expert Steff Green, author, teacher and current NZSA President Mandy Hager, short story writer, novelist and teacher Owen Marshall and teacher and writer of YA Tania Roxborogh.


(Photos at top from the Christchurch Roadshow, includes clockwise from top left: Kirsten Le Harivel, Sue Wootton and David Eggleton, Tania Roxborough, Vanda Symon, Owen Marshall, Heather McQuillan and Emma Neale).

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Participant comments

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.


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