WHAT IS THE NATIONAL WRITERS FORUM?
THE NATIONAL WRITERS FORUM IS AN EXCITING NEW EVENT.
If you’re writing a book, getting ready to release it to the world, looking for different approaches on how to promote an already published book, or how to refresh your career, how to navigate the increasingly complicated publishing industry and keep you career on a roll, this is a forum you need to attend.
OUR AIMS …
You need passion and perseverance to be a writer and there’s nothing more motivating than an event like the NWF. Inspiration and energy will flow.
Whether you are a mid-career writer or just starting your journey, your knowledge, talent and skills can increase. Coming to the NWF will get you closer to your personal goal.
During the weekend you will be connected with organisations in New Zealand’s literary sector as well as other writers. We aim to help you develop your own personal writing community.
10 Reasons to attend
NWF offers inspiration, knowledge and connections. You will come away knowing more about writing, publishing and who the key players are in New Zealand and further afield.
You will meet other writers. It might sound obvious, but where else can you meet so many other writers at so many different stages in their writing careers?
You will get energized. You need passion and perseverance to be a writer but what sustains that grit and determination? There’s nothing more motivating than an event like the NWF. Inspiration and energy will flow.
With focused panels, workshops and masterclasses, you can create your ideal experience. That can be delving deeper into your craft, demystifying the complexities of different publishing platforms, or figuring out the best marketing tools for you and your book. Choose the sessions that matter to you and return home more confident about the next step.
Talk with the exhibitors at the conference to find out what’s available for writers, both up and coming and established. Organisations who provide services to writers are exhibiting at the event and they will welcome your interest.
Get one step closer to your goal. Whether you are a mid-career writer or just starting your journey, your knowledge, talent and skills can increase. Coming to the NWF will get you closer to your personal goal.
NWF is all about building community. Spending the weekend with other writers and like-minded people will allow you to develop your own personal writing community.
Learn in a new space. An event like the NWF will force you to break out of your comfort zone. Change old ways of thinking, break stale routines, shake yourself out of that rut.
Invest in yourself. No matter where you are with your manuscript, your back-list, your career, there’s always something new to learn or a new way of seeing something. This is especially so right now with the fluid state of the publishing sector.
Strengthen your identity as a writer. Many writers feel they haven’t made it until they are famous; imposter syndrome rears its head to undermine your writer identity. Go with the positive and practice your passion. Mingling with like-minded people at the NWF will reinforce what you know: that YOU are a writer. Reminding yourself that you are part of a community of writers will be liberating.
Jackie Dennis has worked in the arts since 1981. She has experience in music publishing, band management, film and television production, music supervision, programming a film conference, and arts management. This work has included international travel to prestigious film festivals, trade fairs, and conferences. Jackie is drawing on all of this experience to make the National Writers Forum a not-to-be-missed event on New Zealand’s literary calendar.
Jackie is Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc).
Claire has worked in publishing and on arts and literary events for the past decade. She is Co-Director of LitCrawl in Wellington, and is Director of Tauranga’s escape! festival of literature and ideas, and recently worked on New Zealand Festival’s Writers Week as the Coordinator.
Claire is an avid reader, occasional writer, and is passionate about working to promote New Zealand literature and art.
Kali Patterson hails from the flat and grassy state of Nebraska, USA. From her delight in studying communications, rhetoric, and international relations she is expanding her knowledge as an intern for the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). One of Kali’s main projects is the National Writers Forum. She is excited to collaborate with the many creative minds of her colleagues, and is also dedicated to providing assistance to everyone involved.
NATIONAL WRITERS FORUM
Our mission is to create an event for all writers in New Zealand to gather as a community. The NWF will bring you prestigious local and international speakers to share their knowledge, their ideas and their experience.
WHEN & WHERE
17–18 September 2016
Owen G Glenn Building
University of Auckland
12 Grafton Road, Auckland