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The National Writers Forum is just two weeks away and we’re looking forward to welcoming our international guests

Chris Cleave, internationally acclaimed author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Incendiary and The Other Hand (a.k.a. Little Bee, number one on The New York Times Best Seller list) travels from the United Kingdom to deliver the keynote address The Clocks are Striking Thirteen and a masterclass delving into the craft of conveying the psychology of society through your characters.

Stephen Daisley is an award winning kiwi author living in Western Australia and Mandy Brett is senior editor at Text Publishing in AustraliaMandy is Stephen’s editor and in the session Making an Award Winner the pair talk about the relationship between writer and publisher, author and editor and share the journey of Coming Rain the book that won the most prestigious prize at the Okham New Zealand Book Awards 2016, the Acorn Foundation Literary Award. Be inspired – Stephen did not write his first book Traitor until he was in his 50’s. Traitor won the Australian Prime Ministers Literary Award for Fiction.

Malcolm Neil is the Director of Content for Rakuten Kobo Inc. He is a former CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association, sits on the board of the Overland Journal and Monash University Publishing and is a founding board member of Australia’s Small Press Network and the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance. He will talk about opportunities for New Zealand writers in Australia in Support Sustain Survive and how to use the Kobo platform in Publishing 101.

Scott Pack, UK-based publisher, writer and entrepreneur shares his ideas on the future of publishing and how New Zealand writers can expand their market. Earlier this year Scott delivered a masterclass for The Guardian How to pitch your book to publishers so he is also primed to chair the Pitch Perfect session with Melanie Laville-Moore (Allen & Unwin), Duncan Greive (The Spinoff), Kevin Chapman (Upstart Press) and Harriet Allen (Penguin Random House).

Kate Pullinger is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University. Should you think about how your writing reads on a smart phone, or the notion of ‘unprintable books’? Kate will answer these questions when she talks about her digital writing practice and how it contrasts with the process of writing a ‘traditional’ novel.  The session will also talk about how writers need to innovate in order to ensure literature carves out a space in a world saturated with vibrant visual media.

Michael Wolfe travels from San Francisco where he is the Executive Director of Authors Alliance, a U.S.-based authors organisation that provides advocacy and support for authors interested in ensuring their works reach the broadest possible audiences and are preserved for long-term accessibility and impact. Michael will explain Creative Commons and share in the conversation about publishing agreements and authors’ rights in the Copyright and Contracts session.

Top New Zealand authors including Patricia Grace, Nalini Singh, Ben SandersPaula Morris and Greg McGee are among the 44 talented and outstanding writers and industry experts who are joining in the first NWF. Be there!
Full programme details can be found at nationalwritersforum.org.nz
Tickets can be purchased at iTicket

The National Writers Forum
Dates: September Saturday 17 & Sunday 18
Location: Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Tickets for the weekend are $325/$220 students
(NZ Society of Authors members $275/$200 students)
Tickets include morning and afternoon tea, lunches and CLNZ drinks party.

The National Writers Forum thanks the generous supporters who have made the Forum possible: Creative New Zealand, Copyright Licensing New Zealand Cultural Fund, University of Auckland, South Pacific Pictures, Lowndes Jordan, Kobo Writing Life and New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). Time Out Books is the NWF official bookseller.

For more information, or to request an interview with one of our speakers contact Claire Mabey programmenwf@gmail.com

Our programme manager has just returned from the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall and Edinburgh Book Festival, you can read her blog here.

All other queries contact Jackie Dennis director@nzauthors.org.nz

 

Chris Cleave to headline National Writers Forum: early bird tickets on sale now

Media release 20 July 2016

Chris Cleave, internationally acclaimed author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Incendiary and The Other Hand (a.k.a. Little Bee, number one on The New York Times Best Seller list) is headlining the first ever National Writers Forum, to be held at the University of Auckland 17-18 September.

‘Chris is a brilliant writer who is willing to share his talent and experience in an NWF masterclass,’ says Jackie Dennis, Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Society of Authors. ‘He’s a true international star telling stories that matter’.

Cleave will also join a panel session with writers Patricia Grace and Stephen Daisley where they will reveal advice they wish they’d been given at certain times in their writing lives.

Also joining the line-up are Toby Morris and comic artist Sarah Laing – ‘two of the most exciting writers around – incredibly insightful, versatile, funny, and talented,’ says Programme Manager Claire Mabey. ‘Their masterclass, “The Personal is Political”, will be inspiring for all writers, as well as for comic artists and graphic novelists.’

Other featured New Zealand authors include Ben Sanders, Greg McGee and Catherine Robertson appearing together to discuss and instruct on plot, structure and pace. Fantasy writer Helen Lowe will lead a masterclass on building worlds, and Anna Mackenzie – a celebrated writer of speculative and historic novels – will run a workshop called “Turning Fact into Fiction”.

Michael Wolfe, executive director of Authors Alliance and a copyright attorney, is travelling from San Francisco to participate in a panel on essential knowledge for writers – copyright and contracts.

In a session called ‘Live Live Editing’, delegates can enter the draw for their own work to be edited live by a panel of sharp literary minds. As well as showcasing the importance of editing, this panel, Mabey says, will offer ‘a meaningful and entertaining format for anyone seeking insights into how other writers think about sentence structure’.

“The Perfect Pitch” session will feature a range of editors and publishers who are also participants in the Make the Perfect Pitch competition. Winners of the competition will get a one-on-one session with these industry experts. This includes Harriet Allan (Penguin Random House), Kevin Chapman (Upstart Press), Duncan Greive (The Spinoff), and Melanie Laville-Smith (Allen & Unwin).

Tickets sales opened today and there is a student price and an early bird option. Go to nationalwritersforum.org.nz/tickets and iTicket for further information and to purchase. Some of the sessions will have limited numbers on a first-come, first served basis so writers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

The National Writers Forum would like to thank our supporters who have made the Forum possible: Creative New Zealand, Copyright Licensing NZ Cultural Fund, University of Auckland, South Pacific Pictures, and New Zealand Society of Authors.

Contacts:
About the programme: Claire Mabey programmeNWF@gmail.com
About sponsoring, exhibiting and advertising in the NWF Programme Booklet: Jackie Dennis 09 379 4801 nwf@nzauthors.org.nz

 

New National Writers Forum explores the art, issues and business of writing

Media release 14 June 2016

Patricia Grace, Nalini Singh, Ockham award-winner Stephen Daisley and Canadian writer Kate Pullinger are just some of the writers so far announced as participants in the inaugural National Writers Forum taking place on 17 – 18 September. They will be joined by publishers, agents, editors, festival directors and a range of other industry professionals from New Zealand and overseas.

‘The National Writers Forum is about sharing opportunities and knowledge,’ says Jackie Dennis, Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Society of Authors, which is organising the event. ‘We’re bringing together a community of writers and publishers from around the world and addressing issues of concern, from copyright reversion to freedom of expression.’

Mid career writers, says Dennis, ‘will learn how to better negotiate the ever-changing publishing industry, while up and coming writers will learn from masters of their craft.’

Programme manager Claire Mabey believes that ‘writers at all levels are going to find this weekend hugely valuable. A range of workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions, in-conversations and keynote speeches are being carefully developed to cover a wide range of subjects from publishing to copyright to craft.’

‘The programme is being built around the core values of community, information and inspiration’, says Mabey. The NWF will feature targeted events for writers across many different genres – including crime, sci-fi and fantasy, and historical fiction.

A highlight of the weekend will be the announcement of the new Copyright Licensing New Zealand Award. New Zealand non-fiction writers of all genres are being asked to apply by 23 June, with the winner receiving $25,000 to enable them to devote time to their writing project.

In the inaugural NWF debate some of the sharpest minds in the country will battle through words and wit the proposition that New Zealand books need special treatment. Toby Manhire, Michele A’Court and Paula Morris will be moderated by Te Radar.

The programme will be announced by mid-July, when tickets go on sale, available from nationalwritersforum.org.nz and iTICKET. Some of the sessions will have limited numbers on a first come first served basis so writers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Early bird tickets will be available for as little as $235; full price on the day will be $320. Venue is the Owen G Glenn Building at the University of Auckland.

The National Writers Forum is supported by Creative New Zealand, CLNZ Cultural Fund, University of Auckland, South Pacific Pictures, and New Zealand Society of Authors.

 

Contacts:

About the programme: Claire Mabey programmeNWF@gmail.com

About sponsoring and exhibiting: Jackie Dennis nwf@nzauthors.org.nz

 

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