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


Headshot of Michelle Elvy wearing sunglassesIntroduction to the novella-in-flash

10am-12pm, Thursday 20 June

A look at the fragmented-connective storytelling of the novella-in-flash (NIF). In this workshop, we’ll look at the big-picture view of structure, voice and world-building, plus the focus of each piece, with its own internal logic. We’ll consider different kinds of small fictions, and how patterns and breaks in patterns help support the frame of the NIF. We’ll also consider the spaces between stories, and why they are so important. Finally, we’ll examine how all this impacts the believability of the narrative as a whole: how, with the NIF, the sum is greater than the small but shining parts.

Michelle Elvy is a writer, editor and creative writing teacher in Ōtepoti Dunedin. Her books include the everrumble and the other side of better, and the anthologies Best Small Fictions (annually) and, most recently, A Kind of Shelter: Whakaruru-taha (2023). Forthcoming is Te Moana o Reo | Ocean of Languages (The Cuba Press, 2024) and a new dual-language anthology of English and te reo Māori stories, edited with Kiri Piahana-Wong (MUP, 2025). Michelle is founding editor of National Flash Fiction Day and Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, and she edits at AT THE BAY | I TE KOKORU, dedicated to traditions and experimentations in Aotearoa storytelling. michelleelvy.com 52250course.com

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

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  • Bookings close at 2pm on the day prior to the workshop or when workshop reaches capacity.
  • If you are unable to make the live event, all attendees can access a recording of the Webworkshop to view for one month after it is aired live.

 

Mikaela Nyman looking down with forest in the backgroundFrom Stray Poems to Collection – with Mikaela Nyman

10am-12pm, Wednesday 31 July

Do you have a notebook, laptop or a drawer of poems waiting to be organised and assembled into a chapbook, book, or a series, but you’re not sure how to go about it? In this workshop award-winning poet Mikaela Nyman will share tips to help you shape your pieces into a coherent whole. We will be discussing intention, organising logic, form and format, and look at some practical examples. Participants are encouraged to bring any questions relating to their own work along.

Mikaela Nyman writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction in English and Swedish. She has published two critically acclaimed poetry collections in Swedish, as well as a literary essay with a selection of Helen Heath’s poems in translation. Her second poetry collection was awarded a major Finnish literature prize this year and is nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2024. She is the author of the climate fiction novel Sado (2020) and co-editor of Sista, Stanap Strong! A Vanuatu Women’s Anthology (2021), both published by Te Herenga Waka University Press. Mikaela is also a mentor and manuscript assessor for the NZSA. In 2024, she holds the Robert Burns Fellowship at Otago University.

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

Sign up for this webworkshop
  • Bookings close at 2pm on the day prior to the workshop or when workshop reaches capacity.
  • If you are unable to make the live event, all attendees can access a recording of the Webworkshop to view for one month after it is aired live.

 

Lynn Davidson with foliage behind herWhy Writing an Essay is Like Following a River – with Lynn Davidson

6pm-8pm, Tuesday 20 August

In this workshop we will look at the way creative essays follow a thought or idea in a discursive way, allowing for divergence, connections, and surprise.

Lynn Davidson writes poetry, memoir, essays and fiction. She had a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013 and a Bothy Project Residency in the Cairngorms in 2016. She won the Poetry New Zealand Poetry Award, 2020, and was 2021 Randell Cottage Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence. In 2023 she was Mike Riddell Writer in Residence in the Ida Valley, Central Otago. Lynn lives in Edinburgh and calls Aotearoa New Zealand and Scotland home.

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

Sign up for this webworkshop
  • Bookings close at 2pm on the day prior to the workshop or when workshop reaches capacity.
  • If you are unable to make the live event, all attendees can access a recording of the Webworkshop to view for one month after it is aired live.

 

“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!”

 

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