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 – 2023 season

Book Promotion for Authors – Caroline Barron

10am to 12pm, Wednesday, 15 March

Explore what you can do to support your publisher’s PR and marketing plan, and boost book sales. Intended for authors published by traditional or hybrid publishers, Caroline will talk about strategies and ideas to work alongside your publisher and PR team to target the right media, utilise existing networks, develop your online presence, host competitions and giveaways, secure meaningful reviews, and harness the power of book clubs and libraries. You can submit questions before and during the session.

Caroline Barron (Te Uri O Hau / Pākehā) is an award-winning author, story coach, presenter and manuscript assessor.

Caroline’s debut novel, GOLDEN DAYS (Affirm Press Australia and via Hachette New Zealand) is on shelves in March 2023. Her memoir, RIPIRO BEACH (Bateman, New Zealand), won the 2020 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award for Best Non-fiction Book.

She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from University of Auckland (2015) plus a journalism degree and, in a previous life, owned and ran Nova—a leading model and talent agency.

Caroline is a Creative New Zealand funding assessor, creative writing teacher (webinars, live and Zoom classes, corporate workshops), presenter, and was a board member for the Michael King Writers Centre from 2017 to 2021, where she headed the residency selection committee. For seven months during 2022 she was contracted by Auckland Writers Festival | Waituhi o Tāmaki as Acting Marketing and Development Manager.

She has been a columnist for North & South and her work has been published by Landfall, Awa Wahine, Author, Three Lamps, Next, New Zealand Herald and more. As a book consultant and manuscript assessor (independently and for the New Zealand Society of Authors, of which she is a member) she has worked on more than 80 works of fiction and non-fiction. She has reviewed books for Kete and Otago Daily Times. She judges regional and international writing competitions, as well as grant and residency applications.

Caroline resides in Aotearoa, New Zealand, between Auckland and Northland’s Ripiro (Baylys) Beach, with her husband and two daughters.

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.

“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

  • Take your novel to the next level – get your manuscript assessed – Sue Reidy
  • Getting Through the Hoops – Siobhan Harvey, Mikaela Nyman, Gigi Fenster
  • The Business of Being a Writer – Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod
  • Mixing it up: Genre Mash-Ups – Angelique Kasmara
  • Creative Rights for Creative People – Karen Workman
  • Research for Writers: where and how to find the info you need – Philippa Werry
  • Narrative Poetry: Writing your story-poem – Anne Kennedy
  • World of wonder: Microfiction and prose poetry – Michelle Elvy
  • Psychology for Writers – Darian Smith
  • The End of the Line – an introduction – Joanna Preston
  • Hearing Voices: Bring your fiction alive through dialogue – Catherine Robertson
  • Short and Sharper – Taking your flash fiction a step further – Jack Cottrell
  • License to Steal – Lynley Edmeades
  • Pitching, and getting your pitch accepted – Ataria Sharman
  • Introductory to Memoir Writing – Maria de Jong
  • Take your stories to the world, the self-publishing way – Cassie Hart
  • Book promotion for authors – Caroline Barron
  • Crossing the Line or Staying Within It? Exploring Hybrid Forms – Diane Brown
  • Editing for Authors – Anna Mackenzie
  • Writing Your First Young Adult Novel – Fleur Beale
  • Getting your manuscript assessed – Sue Reidy
  • Conflict is a narrative necessity – Terese Svoboda
  • Tea & Chat with crime writer Liam Mcllvanney
  • Using Amazon ads to find your readers – Deb Potter
  • Exploring poetic repetition – Lynn Davidson
  • Tackling the ‘School Visit’ – Melinda Szymanik
  • Writing Action: The Emotional and Dramatic Moment – 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