NZSA Webworkshops – A series of webinars to enable ongoing professional development

This series kicked off with some workshops we had planned for the NZSA National Writer’s Forum 2020 and features writers and industry professionals offering virtual workshops on topics such as self-publishing, romance writing, poetry, structure, short stories, pitching, contract advice, dystopian writing and the business of writing.

All Webworkshops are hosted on Zoom. Zoom is free to download 

Learn more about what to expect in a Webworkshop in this article from the NZ Author magazine – Spring 2020.

Webworkshops – 2022 season

Spit & Polish & Tying Up Those Laces: a publisher and editor’s guide to smartening up a novel MS ready for submission – Mary McCallum

10am to 12pm, Thursday 28 April 2022

Mary McCallum, the publisher and editor of bestselling award-winning Auē and other cutting-edge fiction, and an award-winning novelist herself, will give self-editing tips to debut novelists wanting their manuscripts to stand out in crowd. Ten days ahead of the online meeting, she’d like you to send through a single Word doc, with your name and the title of your novel and the following:

  1. a one paragraph elevator pitch for your novel;
  2. one issue that are worrying you about it – from formatting issues to structural ones and anything else in between;
  3. an extract of four pages maximum that illustrates the issue above (be clear about why you chose this extract).
  4. Send by 18 April (the email address to send to will be forwarded to you once you have booked and paid for the workshop.

Mary will provide tips and advice to address the common themes that come up in the group. Please have your documents ready on-screen or in hard copy for the session.

Mary is a publisher and editor at 2021 Publisher of the Year, Mākaro Press, and rising indie publisher, The Cuba Press, as well as being an award-winning novelist and poet. Fee: NZSA Members – $30. (Non-members – $60)

Sign up for this webworkshop

(bookings close at 2pm on the day prior to the workshop or when workshop reaches capacity)

“Can I just say that I am so enjoying these online classes – so much better than having to go out in the cold, wrestle for a park etc. Please keep providing these! I live part of the time on a farm and it is just so wonderful to be able to participate in these sorts of things when I am not in the city. Makes all the difference!”

Past Webworkshops

  • Psychology for Writers – Darian Smith
  • The End of the Line – an introduction – Joanna Preston
  • Hearing Voices: Bring your fiction alive through dialogue – Catherine Robertson
  • Short and Sharper – Taking your flash fiction a step further – Jack Cottrell
  • License to Steal – Lynley Edmeades
  • Pitching, and getting your pitch accepted – Ataria Sharman
  • Introductory to Memoir Writing – Maria de Jong
  • Take your stories to the world, the self-publishing way – Cassie Hart
  • Book promotion for authors – Caroline Barron
  • Crossing the Line or Staying Within It? Exploring Hybrid Forms – Diane Brown
  • Editing for Authors – Anna Mackenzie
  • Writing Your First Young Adult Novel – Fleur Beale
  • Getting your manuscript assessed – Sue Reidy
  • Conflict is a narrative necessity – Terese Svoboda
  • Tea & Chat with crime writer Liam Mcllvanney
  • Using Amazon ads to find your readers – Deb Potter
  • Exploring poetic repetition – Lynn Davidson
  • Tackling the ‘School Visit’ – Melinda Szymanik
  • Writing Action: The Emotional and Dramatic Moment – Paula Morris
  • Poetry’s Bare Essentials – with David Eggleton
  • The Business of Writing – with Nalini Singh
  • Starting Right: Drawing Readers into your World – with Bren MacDibble
  • From the First Sentence: A Workshop on Crime Writing – with Paddy Richardson
  • Introduction to Flash Fiction: The what, why and when of it – with Michelle Elvy
  • Ethical Storytelling – with Pip Desmond
  • Picture Book Magic – with Kyle Mewburn
  • Novel 101 – with Paula Morris
  • Poetry Masterclass – with Siobhan Harvey
  • The short story: character, setting, voice – with Catherine Chidgey
  • Writing as Manaakitanga – with Whiti Hereaka
  • Who Are You? Tina Shaw on Creating a Successful Protagonist
  • Getting through the hoops – with Siobhan Harvey, Geoff Walker, and Geraldine Warren
  • Making author life work for you – with James Russell
  • Psychology for Writers – with Darian Smith