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Browse through all the sessions, or select a category, to plan your days at the National Writers Forum.

As you plan your sessions please be aware that Masterclasses and Workshops have limited numbers so you need to book early to avoid disappointment. Masterclasses are aimed at more experienced writers; workshops, discussions and presentations are of interest to all.

Janet Frame Memorial Lecture

Friday, Lecture

The Janet Frame Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Chris Else, 2018-9 NZSA President of…

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Creating 3D Characters

Fiction, Masterclass, Saturday

Writers get conflicting advice on whether they should write about what they know or whether…

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Videolink: Joanne Harris, Society of Authors UK

Friday, Keynote, Publishing

On behalf of our sister organisation, The Society of Authors UK, Joanne Harris will share…

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How to Self-Publish

Saturday, Self-publishing, Workshop

Join Amazon Best Selling author and publisher, Lani Wendt Young for an in-depth look at…

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Writing Short

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Saturday, Workshop

In this interactive workshop we'll look at two examples of very short stories (Teju Cole’s…

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Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Point of View

Fiction, Saturday, Workshop

Point of view is the crucial technical challenge for the fiction writer, and raises many…

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Get Your Hustle On

Business, Marketing, Saturday, Seminar

Good publicity is key to increasing your book's visibility and driving sales whether you're self…

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Hybrid Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction

Conversation, Hybrid, Memoir, Saturday

Whether it’s the inclusion of poetry, prose and traditional non-fiction, recipes or extracts from other…

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Hearing Our Footprints: A Conversation With Maualaivao Albert Wendt

Conversation, Fiction, Saturday

“ We can’t rewalk the exact footprints we make in the stories of our lives…

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Getting Hot and Bothered

Discussion, Fiction, Romance, Saturday

Writing steamy sex scenes might be a core part of your work or a topic…

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Hearing Yourself Think: The Use of Voice in Fiction

Fiction, Saturday, Voice, Workshop

All characters in a work of fiction need their own voice: their own way of…

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Writing for Younger Readers

Children, Saturday, Workshop

Take a journey through the twilight zone of age appropriate writing. This practical workshop will…

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Translating the Stars

Discussion, Poetry, Saturday, Translation

Translation, code-switching, regional dialect, multi-lingual writing: how do these dynamics manifest in a New Zealand…

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Bottom Up or Top Down? Writing Process for Essay and Memoir Writers

Essay, Memoir, Saturday

When you sit down to start an essay or part of your memoir, do you…

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What’s Happening in the Publishing World?

Discussion, Publishing, Saturday

Join representatives from across the New Zealand publishing industry - Melanie Laville-Moore, Allen and Unwin; Sam Elworthy,…

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Great Debate: It Takes a Village to Raise a Writer

Debate, Saturday

' artist of any art, has his (sic) complete meaning alone' said T.S. Elliot and…

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Copyright Licensing New Zealand Awards Cocktail Party

Awards, Saturday

Join us for drinks to celebrate the awarding of the 2018 Copyright Licensing New Zealand Writer’s…

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Get to Grips with Narrative Design and Structure

Editing, Fiction, Masterclass, Sunday

Narrative design and structure are among the most complex and crucial issues a writer faces…

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So You Want to Write a Story

Memoir, Sunday, Workshop

Your 101 guide to getting started! They say everyone has a story, but not everyone…

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Who Needs Books When You’ve Got Digital Platforms?

Digital, Discussion, Multimedia, Sunday

Technology has profoundly altered the shape of our lives and its impact on the writing…

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The Business of Being a Writer

Business, Discussion, Media, Opportunities, Sunday, Tax

If you're committed to developing a career as a writer, you have to tackle promotion,…

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Writing Series: Challenges and Considerations

Adults, Children, Discussion, Fiction, Series, Sunday

Whether you're writing for children or adults, crime or romance it's essential to consider how…

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Making It In The International Market

Business, Discussion, International, Sunday

Whatever genre you're writing in, there are a range of ways to get your books…

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A Place to Come to: A Masterclass on Poetry and Place

Masterclass, Poetry, Sunday

Our social, cultural and personal identities are shaped by our connections to place. In this…

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Nurturing the Muse: Managing Stress and Well-Being in the Modern World

Conversation, Health, Sunday, Wellbeing

International stress expert and author, Paul Huljich shares his unique back-to-basic wellness techniques to help…

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YA Or Not YA, That Is The Question

Discussion, Fiction, Sunday, YA

Young Adult Fiction is popular with young and old alike. But why is it that…

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Adaptations: Books into TV and Other Mediums

Adaptations, Digital, Multimedia, Publishing, Sunday

How do books get adapted for the screen, apps and other digital mediums? What travels…

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Where To From Here?

Business, Discussion, Publishing, Sunday

People have been predicting for many years that the book is dying, yet both traditional…

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Language and Editing

Editing, Masterclass, Saturday

It's often said that Einstein "worked outside the box". But people tend not to notice…

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Plots That Work

Plot, Saturday, Workshop

Writers have an infinite number of choices when it comes to plot. Everything from cleaning…

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Indigenous Writers Talk

Conversation, Discussion, Indigenous, International, Sunday

Join Paula Morris, Ngati Wai and Anita Heiss, Wiradjuri nation of central NSW as they…

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Making Magic Everyday

Fiction, Sunday, Workshop

“Magical realism is a literary device or way of seeing in which there is space…

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Writers in Schools

Children, Conversation, Discussion, Lunchtime, Saturday

Involved in the NZ Book Council's Writer's in Schools scheme? Bring your lunch along for…

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Videolink: Morris Gleitzman from Australia

Children, Friday, Keynote

Morris Gleitzman, who this year became Australian Children's Laureate, joins us for the opening evening…

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Book Launch & Reading by Whiti Hereaka

Book Launch, Lunchtime, Sunday, YA

Whiti Hereaka, award-winning author of Bugs, will launch and read from her new YA novel…

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The NZSA brings you this unique national conference for all New Zealand writers. Join prestigious local and international speakers who will share their knowledge, their ideas and their experience and meet others from New Zealand’s writing community.


21 -23 September 2018
Owen G Glenn Building
University of Auckland
12 Grafton Road, Auckland


Phone: 09 379 4801
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