NorthWrite 2015

Welcome to Northwrite 2015. This year we are organising a one-day event focusing on self-publishing and exploring the steps involved in producing a successful publication. We are planning two workshop streams, one for those interested in writing for their families and/or local communities (whānau publishing), and another for writers planning to publish for the commercial market. This will be held at Maungatapere School (10 minutes west of Whangarei) on 18 April 2015.

Our member and guest presenters will share their experiences with self-publishing and provide practical and relevant information. The two workshop streams will ensure that those writing for the trade and those writing for their families or community will receive tuition targeted to their needs.

We plan that NorthWrite 2015 will benefit both writers and a more general audience that includes historians, genealogists, and people who support those nearing the end of their lives to record their experiences and their memoirs.

The event will open with a panel discussion where Northland branch members will discuss their self-publishing experiences. This has been designed as an opportunity to share practical information and we hope that their experiences will generate further discussion during the day about the work and practice of being an “indie” writer.

After the panel discussion the commercial stream will offer presentations on:

  • project management
  • writing and editing
  • design
  • pricing and distribution
  • marketing
  • ebooks
  • contracts

Our guest presenters are:

  • Gay Hay and Brenda Martin of Page Break. They have self-published three picture books. Their third is currently being printed and will be hot off the press in April and their fourth is being illustrated. Their books have been shortlisted for a LIANZA Award in 2012 and the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2013. They have also published a non-fiction handbook book for teachers, which has been a commercial success. They are in the process of publishing a companion volume to this publication.
  • Marie Low, an Auckland designer, who will discuss the contribution that good design makes to a publication. Marie has been shortlisted for the PANZ Book Design Awards on a number of occasions. She won the Pearson Award for best Educational Book in 2009 with Esther Chua.
  • Gillian Hughes, an experienced public relations specialist, who will cover marketing issues. Gillian worked in the advertising industry in New Zealand and overseas, before joining New Holland Publishers in 2002. She then moved to Allen & Unwin Publishers as Senior Publicist, working on a huge list of international authors. In 2009, Gillian set up her own PR business. She works for publishing houses and with self-published authors. Gillian recently joined Lighthouse PR.
  • Annemarie Florian who has published a number of children’s book including the award-winning Kiwi: The Real Story. She is the owner of Storytime Books in Whangarei. Annemarie has extensive knowledge and experience in the New Zealand book trade. She will give us the lowdown on the current distribution options available in this country.

The whānau stream will offer presentations on:

  • project types (memoir, poetry, photography, community history)
  • research, writing, and editing
  • the choice and placement of photographs, maps, and other illustrations and images
  • design issues and publication formats
  • printing
  • contracts with editors and printers.

The whānau programme will be presented by Northland writers Di Menefy and Kath Wynn, and freelance editor Lesley Marshall. Between them, they have a wealth of experience in producing local histories and memoirs. Marie Low will talk about design and an ebook session will be available for those who want it.

Registrations open 1 March 2015.

Early bird registrations (before 1 April 2015):

  • NZ Society of Authors members $75
  • Non-members $85

Registrations from 1 April 2015:

  • NZ Society of Authors members $90
  • Non-members $100

Registrations close 16 April 2015.

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