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!

Save the Date

Nelson/Whakatū: REGISTER NOW 22 May

Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara: REGISTER NOW 19 June

Napier/Ahuriri: UPCOMING 31 July

Auckland/Tāmaki-makau-rau: UPCOMING 18 September

Whangārei: UPCOMING 13 November

Dunedin/Ōtepoti Roadshow – PAST

Christchurch/Ōtautahi Roadshow- PAST

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

Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara NZSA Roadshow

Saturday 19 June, 9am to 5pm, All Saints Church, 90 Hamilton Rd, Hataitai

JOIN US for an invigorating day of professional development offering keynote sessions, workshops, masterclasses, and discussions, with a catered morning tea/coffee and lunch.

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.

Image (clockwise from top left): Mary McCallum, Alison Wong, Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod, Mandy Hager, Whiti Hereaka, Fiona Kidman, Paula Morris, Vanda Symon, Gavin Bishop, James Russell, Gem Wilder, Graci Kim.

What’s on:

Keynote Address from NZSA 2020-2021 President of Honour, Dr Paula Morris.
Workshops & Masterclasses
Writing For YA with Whiti HereakaCreating Best-sellers with James Russell; Research in Fiction with Mandy Hager; The Structural Puzzle with Paula Morris; Our Best Work with Mary McCallum; along with Pitching and US representation with Graci Kim; How to Write a Novel with Alison Wong; Poetry with Gem Wilder. Discussions: An Author is Not an Island with Mary McCallum and Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod. Closing address and ‘Views from the Bridge’: with Gavin Bishop and Fiona Kidman.

NZSA 2021 Annual National AGM, Chaired by NZSA President Mandy Hager

Saturday June 19, 5.15pm to 6.15pm (you can attend this event either in-person or online)
Join us to review and hear about the Society’s national and branch undertakings, performance, and activities during 2020. Questions from members are welcome from the floor.  This will be held at the end of our 2021 Wellington Te Whanganui-a-Tara Roadshow, at the All Saints Church, 90 Hamilton Road, Hataitai, Wellington.
Register for the in-person event here

NB This meeting will also be open to all members around the country via registration by Zoom. 

NZSA Annual AGM Dinner

7.00 pm, Sat, 19 June. Backbenchers Pub, Molesworth St, Wellington.
Bookings essential
Our Wellington Branch invites you to join us for the NZSA 2021 AGM  Annual Dinner following the NZSA Roadshow and AGM. The dinner will be held at the Backbencher (Molesworth St) from 7pm (partners welcome). Cost: two courses $45. There will also be a literary quiz!
For more information, please email

NZSA Wellington Branch Guided Tour – Wellington Writers Walk

11am, Sunday 20 June

The NZSA Wellington branch, in association with the Wellington Writers Walk (WWW), is offering a guided tour for our AGM weekend.
The Wellington Writers Walk is made up of a series of 23 quotations from well-known and much-loved New Zealand writers, including poets, novelists, and playwrights – all of whom share a strong connection to Wellington City.  The guided walk will provide an opportunity to discover many of these plaques and other benchmarks along the waterfront, from Te Papa to Frank Kitts Park.
The tour will be led by two WWW Committee members, both Wellington writers. They will be happy to share their passion for this iconic project and answer any of your questions. There will be time for readings, so feel free to bring your favourite, writerly quote about Wellington to share.
The event will last one and a half hours. We will meet outside the main doors of Te Papa at 11.00am on Sunday morning to begin the tour. This is an outdoor event and will only be cancelled in case of really bad weather, so please be aware of weather conditions and dress accordingly with appropriate footwear. The walk is on the flat, along the waterfront, but access to some plaques involve steps.
This walk is offered free to NZSA members and non-members are also welcome by koha (which can be paid now or collected on the day). 


NMIT, 71 Nile Street, Rooms T301 and T309, Nelson, Whakatū
22 May, 9am – 4.30pm

Take part in a day of keynote sessions, workshops, masterclasses and discussions plus a catered morning tea/coffee and lunch. The event is open to all with a wide range of affordable prices (including early bird prices) for students, NZSA members, non-members and those wishing to become members. Visit the event booking form for full list.

Image (clockwise from top left): Paula Morris, Wendy Vella, Rajorshi Chakraborti, Kerry Sunderland, Trudi Jaye, Sue Copsey.

Plan your Day

Review all the sessions being offered and plan to attend what interests you. Some sessions will have limited numbers so book early! Visit the event booking form for a full description of the events.

  • 9am – 9:30am: Registration + morning tea/coffee on arrival 
  • 9:30am – 10am: Welcome plus Keynote Address by Paula Morris 
  • 10:05am – 11am: Workshop: Rajorshi Chakraborti, The Sniff of Something 
  • 11:05am – 12pm: Workshop: Editing 101 with Sue Copsey 
  • 12pm – 12.45pm: Lunch (a catered lunch is provided) 
  • 12:45pm – 2:40pm: EITHER – 
  • Workshop: Kerry SunderlandWriting Real-Life (12:45pm – 1:40pm) 
  • Workshop: Getting Noticed: Review your Pitch with Sue Copsey (1:45pm – 2:40pm) 
  • OR – 
  • Masterclass: The Structural Puzzle with Paula Morris (12:45pm – 2:40pm) 
  • 2:45pm – 4:30pm: SPA Girls – Self-publishing for Beginners – Trudi Jaye & Wendy Vella 
  • 4:30pmNZSA Top of the South Branch AGM

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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