THE NWF IS NEW ZEALAND’S ONLY NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR WRITERS
Writing to live, Living to Write
This year we are celebrating the important role the written word plays in our lives and communities, learn new skills to develop our craft and talk about how to sustain our work, our industry and ourselves in this ever changing publishing world.
Join leading writers from across Aotearoa and Oceania who will share their knowledge and experiences. Immerse yourself in the only national event designed for and by writers.
The National Writers Forum is a biennial event run by The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ INC) Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa who is the pre-eminent professional organisation representing writers in New Zealand: from poets to bloggers. We support writers through advocacy and representation, provide professional development programmes and services such as contract advice, are affiliated to Pen International and campaign to protect freedom of speech around the world and disseminate information and news on the publishing world, the local writing scene and opportunities for writers.
If you want to learn, network and navigate the increasingly complicated publishing industry, this is the 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.
Knowledge & Craft
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.
NATIONAL WRITERS FORUM
The NZSA brings you this unique national conference for all New Zealand writers. Join prestigious local and international speakers who will share their knowledge, ideas and experience and meet others from New Zealand’s writing community.
WHEN & WHERE
21-23 September 2018
Owen G. Glenn Building
University of Auckland
12 Grafton Road, Auckland