FREE Writing Workshops – Register now!

Once again, we've put together a fantastic line up of NZ writers, for a weekend series of writing workshops. And thanks to Creative New Zealand, they're free! Register here, now! FRIDAY EVENING: Talks with Q&A 5.30 pm Novels for Old and Young, with Mandy Hager Mandy Hager is a multi-award-winning writer for both young adults... Continue Reading →


And the Award goes to…

It is my great honour to announce the winners of the 2017 New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competitions. On Wednesday evening, we held a cozy event at the gorgeous old Malthouse Theatre in Christchurch. Many of the shortlisted writers, along with others in the writing community and local NZ Society of Authors branch,... Continue Reading →

Spring has Sprung… with Scribes

The scribblers are about to land! The wordsmiths, the storytellers, the poets, playwrights and publishers, they're coming to town and, like Santa Claus, bring gifts, and hope, and an excellent excuse to get together with people you love. That is, all you writers in and around Canterbury. Yes, the lot of you. Even the weird... 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 →

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 →

Fabulous and FREE!

This October, coming to a library near you (if you live in Christchurch South, anyway), New Zealand Society of Authors, in association with CreativeNZ, would like to present... FREE WRITING WORKSHOPS! That's right, we've got ourselves some funding. And we've got ourselves a jaw-dropping line-up of workshop presenters.

The Superheroes of the Short Form

Here we go, Folks. I know you've been scribbling away. Genius first drafts which transform, overnight, into steaming piles of... self-doubt. That's what that smell is. But a couple of days later it's cooled off, and so have you, and you see what those humble little words could be.

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