Children’s Literature Hub goes from strength to strength

The Children's Literature Hub, an offshoot of the main NZSA Canterbury branch, meets one Saturday a month in the Sydenham Room of ChCh City Library South, at 66 Colombo Street. Now a well-established support group for all children's writers and illustrators, they have organised a series of guest speakers throughout 2017. After a New Year's... Continue Reading →


October Fest: Literary Edition

We at the Canterbury Branch of the NZ Society of Authors are thrilled to bring you FREE writing workshops this October! Thanks to Creative NZ, you'll get ten incredible sessions to choose from, for the grand price of zero dollars! Mark your diaries for... Friday 13 October, from 5.30pm Saturday 14 October, from 9am till... Continue Reading →

Shiny Shiny Shortlists!

Today's the day! At last, we can announce the finalists of the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competitions. Shiny! Where to begin...? Poetry, Novel, Non-Fiction or Short Prose? Hm... Okay, here goes, pulling it out of the hat, totally random... let's start with... Non Fiction Books! The shortlisted titles are... Tuai: Traveller in... Continue Reading →

Introducing the Judges, pt.1

I feel like I'm about to burst! Such good news and finally, I don't need to keep it secret a moment longer. The 2017 Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competition is open now, and you needn't wait any longer to know who will be reading and judging your books! Okay, deep breath, here we go.... Continue Reading →

Announcing our May Writing Workshops!

Here we go again, folks. Another year, another weekend of WICKED writing workshops! Would you like to know who we’ve pulled out the literary hat this time? I'm picturing a beret, myself, but maybe that's because I lived in Paris for a bit. Perhaps your literary head-dress is a fedora, a newsboy cap, or that practical woolly... Continue Reading →

2016 in Review

Well, we're nearly done folks. December looms with all its tinselly terror and this mad year is almost done. Good riddance, you may say. Fair enough. If 2016 were a book it would be 'A Series of Unfortunate Events.' However... on the Canterbury Lit-Scene side of things, it's been a pretty great one. We began with a... Continue Reading →

Busy Writer-Bees

Over Labour Weekend, the Canterbury branch of the NZ Society of Authors had the great honour and pleasure of hosting some BRILLIANT writing workshops. It was a fascinating and inspiring, practical and encouraging weekend. I learned more than I can possibly cover in a blog post. But here goes... The first thing I learned, on Friday evening,... Continue Reading →

Announcing the Shortlist!

Last Friday evening, at the lovely central city Scorpio Books, we had a wee soiree with truly some of the best people around. A big thank you to those who came and celebrated with us. Particularly our beloved judges and Christchurch's Mayor, Lianne Dalziel. And a big congratulations to all the shortlisted writers and publishers! Now,... Continue Reading →

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