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


Writing Your First Young Adult Novel – Webworkshop – Fleur Beale

10am to 12pm, Wednesday 28 July 2021

This workshop is for people who have been writing for a while but haven’t yet tackled a book length manuscript. You will have some knowledge of the basics of writing plus an idea of the book you want to write.

I’ve been writing YA novels since the 1990s. I started because I wanted the kids I was then teaching to be able to read books set in our own country and at that time there were few of them. Writing is addictive and fascinating so I’ve kept on doing it.

WEBWORKSHOP ATTENDANCE FEE: NZSA Members – $30. (Non-members – $60)

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Editing for Authors – Webworkshop – Anna Mackenzie

10am to 12pm, Saturday 21 August 2021

Finished a manuscript? Well done… Now let the real work begin! Anna Mackenzie offers tips and techniques that will help you craft and perfect your writing. Bring along the first four pages of your manuscript for a hands-on session that will see you honing your work and brushing up your editing skills.

Anna Mackenzie writes award-winning contemporary, historic and speculative fiction, edits magazines and teaches creative writing. She is published by Penguin Random House. Her nine titles have won multiple awards. She lives on a farm in Hawke’s Bay.

WEBWORKSHOP ATTENDANCE FEE: NZSA Members – $30. (Non-members – $60)

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

10am to 12pm, Saturday 11 September 2021

Crossing the line or staying within it? How do you know whether your writing fits into the parameters of prose or poetry? Diane Brown will discuss boundary crossing in hybrid forms that meld poetry and prose. Short exercises designed to encourage spontaneity and play will allow you to explore these forms and see how you might use them in your existing work.

Diane Brown is the author of 8 books of fiction, poetry and memoir, many of which alternate poetry and prose. Taking my Mother to the Opera is a family memoir told in poetic form and her latest book, Every Now and then I Have Another Child, is a poetic novella. She has taught creative writing for over twenty years and runs Creative Writing Dunedin. She has won various fellowships. In 2013 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to writing and education and is the Poetry Editor for ‘The Mix’ in the Otago Daily Times. She lives in Dunedin with her husband, author Philip Temple.

WEBWORKSHOP ATTENDANCE FEE: NZSA Members – $30. (Non-members – $60)

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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!”

Past WebWorkshops

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