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.

Upcoming WebWorkshops – 2021 season


License to Steal – webworkshop – Lynley Edmeades

10am to 12pm, Saturday 11 December 2021

Oscar Wilde once proclaimed that “talent borrows, genius steals,” and for hundreds of years, poets have plucked words and lines from those that have come before them. This workshop will look at the intertextuality of poetry: how we might begin our own work by entering conversation with those who have gone before us by stealing, curating and, ultimately paying homage, to our literary predecessors.

Lynley Edmeades is a poet and essayist. She is the author of two poetry collections, and the forthcoming book collaboration with painter Saskia Leek, ‘Bordering on Miraculous’ (Massey University Press, 2022). She is the current editor of Landfall and lives in Dunedin where she lectures in poetry and creative writing. Fee: NZSA Members – $30. (Non-members – $60)


(bookings close at 4pm 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

License to Steal – webworkshop – Lynley Edmeades

Pitching, and getting your pitch accepted – webworkshop – Ataria Sharman

Introductory to Memoir Writing – Webworkshop – Maria de Jong

Take your stories to the world, the self-publishing way – Webworkshop – Cassie Hart

Book promotion for authors – Webworkshop – Caroline Barron

Crossing the Line or Staying Within It? Exploring Hybrid Forms – Webworkshop – Diane Brown

Editing for Authors – Webworkshop – Anna Mackenzie

Writing Your First Young Adult Novel – Webworkshop – Fleur Beale

Getting your manuscript assessed – Webworkshop – Sue Reidy

Conflict is a narrative necessity – Webworkshop – Terese Svoboda

Tea & Chat with crime writer Liam Mcllvanney

Using Amazon ads to find your readers – Webworkshop – Deb Potter

Exploring poetic repetition – Webworkshop – Lynn Davidson

Tackling the ‘School Visit’ – Webworkshop – Melinda Szymanik

Writing Action: The Emotional and Dramatic Moment – Webworkshop – 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