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


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

6pm to 8pm, Thursday 14 October 2021

Come and learn about the ins and outs of self publishing, with a focus on marketing and self-promotion. No matter what your reasons for wanting to publish your own books – whether it’s family histories, a book you wrote for your children, a desire to do it retain full creative control, or those awe-inspiring indie paychecks you’ve heard about – there are some basic things we all need to get our business off the ground; and they don’t have to cost you a fortune. This session is aimed at those considering self-publishing, or already on the path.

Cassie first dipped her toes into self-publishing in 2014, and since then has published over a dozen titles, many of which have been finalists for the Sir Julius Awards (NZ’s Science Fiction and Fantasy award). Cassie is what is considered a ‘Hybrid’ author, self-publishing primarily as Nova Blake and J.C. Hart, while her traditional debut, ‘Butcherbird’, was released from Huia in August, under Cassie Hart.  Fee: NZSA Members – $30. (Non-members – $60)

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(bookings close at 4pm on the day prior to the workshop)

Introductory to Memoir Writing – Webworkshop – Maria de Jong

10am to 12pm, Saturday 30 October 2021

Maria will briefly talk about her work and share some tips on how to write a compelling memoir. This workshop will be inspiring for those who want to jump start their memoir writing project or need motivation to keep writing. The biggest challenge for any life story writer is how to shape the material into an interesting piece of work.

Maria de Jong has been writing biographies and helping others to write their memoirs for 11 years. She also tutors Memoir Writing Classes in Auckland. She is passionate about preserving stories for future generations, and has a special interest in New Zealand and Pacific Island history. Maria has a Diploma in Journalism from the Auckland University of Technology and worked for the New Zealand Herald. She co-authored the award-winning art book, Fred Graham Creator of Forms – Te Tohunga Auaha. Maria has four grown-up children and in between writing she enjoys walking her border collie in Cornwall Park. Website:  Fee: NZSA Members – $30. (Non-members – $60)

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(bookings close at 4pm on the day prior to the workshop)


“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

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