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

Featuring 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 – 2024 season

Travels in Character with Tracey Slaughter

10AM – 12PM, WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2024

This fiction workshop will explore the importance of creating a ‘moving’ character, using writing exercises to focus on physical action, narrative stance and sentence energy, to generate dynamic character presence.

Tracey Slaughter’s latest works are the short story collection Devil’s Trumpet (Te Herenga Waka Press, 2021) and the poetry collection Conventional Weapons (Te Herenga Waka Press, 2019). Her work has won numerous national and international awards, including the 2023 Manchester Poetry Prize, the 2020 Fish Short Story Prize and the 2014 Bridport Prize. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Waikato, where she edits the journals Poetry Aotearoa and Mayhem.

Fee: NZSA Members – $35. (Non-members – $65)

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Make ‘Em Laugh – Write Funny with Kathryn Burnett

10AM – 12PM, WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH 2024

Whether you want to write funny characters, lines or scenarios this invigorating workshop  reveals practical tips and exercises to help writers find the funny in just about anything or anyone.  AND find out how funny works for you even if you don’t write comedy.

Kathryn Burnett is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright with many produced television/stage credits under her belt – including “Under The Vines”, “Brokenwood Mysteries” and “Fresh Eggs.” Last year she wrote “The Productive Writer Guidebook,” was published in the horror anthology “Remains to Be Told”(Clandestine Press) and enjoyed a critically acclaimed season of her comedy play “Mike & Virginia.” Her one woman show “Nicola Cheeseman is Back” was shortlisted for the 2023 NZ Adam Play Award and has subsequently been slated for production in June 2024.

Fee: NZSA Members – $35. (Non-members – $65)

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“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!”