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


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

6pm to 7.30pm, Tuesday 13 April 2021

A deep dive into Amazon advertising to market your self-published book. Find out how to use different ad types, how to tell what’s working and avoid giving more money back than you need to.

Deb Potter is an Amazon ads enthusiast. Her insights come from marketing her own and co-authored works, and coaching authors publishing in wider genres. Her book Amazon Ads for Authors gives introductory and advanced tools to get the best from the Amazon self-publishing platform. She admins the Facebook page: Authors Optimizing Amazon and Facebook Ads with four other experts. Deb is based in New Zealand and has day-job background in data and analytics, and social policy. She has a Masters in Creative Writing, a BA in Education and Social Policy and Certificates in both Children’s Literature and Journalism.

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

This workshop is now fully booked

NZSA WebWorkshops are hosted on Zoom. Zoom is free to download

Tea & Chat with crime writer Liam Mcllvanney

Wednesday 5 May | 7-8am | WebinarJam

Hosted by Mac Logan, Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland and our own Vanda Symon, Chair of Otago Southland branch and National Board member, the New Zealand Society of Authors

This free event is for NZSA Members only. More details coming soon.

Conflict is a narrative necessity – Webworkshop – Terese Svoboda

10am to 12pm, Saturday 8 May 2021

Sometimes it’s physical. A fight scene is one of the hardest scenes to write in fiction. Pacing, keeping track of the characters, motivation, fighting styles, weapons and even superpowers will be discussed – and we’ll exercise our fighting chops.

Author of “Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet” about New Zealand’s most internationally famous poet, Terese Svoboda has also published 18 books of fiction, memoir, translation and poetry, most recently “Theatrix: Poetry Plays” (2021) and “Great American Desert” (2019), a book of stories. Winner of the Guggenheim and the Bobst Prize for fiction, the Iowa Prize for poetry, an NEH and a PEN/Columbia grant for translation, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, a Jerome Foundation prize for video, the O. Henry award for the short story, two Appleman awards, and a Pushcart Prize for the essay, she is also a three time winner of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and has been awarded Headlands, James Merrill, Hawthornden, Bogliasco, Yaddo, MacDowell, Hermitage and Bellagio residencies. She wrote the libretto for the opera WET that premiered at L.A.’s Disney Hall. Her academic career includes appointments at Columbia School of the Arts, Williams, William and Mary, Davidson, Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, the Universities of Hawaii, Tampa and Miami – and two lectures at the U. of Wellington (Victoria).

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

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NZSA WebWorkshops are hosted on Zoom. Zoom is free to download




“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

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