NorthWrite 2019 will be held at Barge Showgrounds Events Centre, Whangarei. It will open with a mihi and meet-and-greet event on Friday 30 August. The conference will take place on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September.
Initial registrations will be open only to those who register for the full conference. If places are still available for individual sessions towards the end of August, we will announce this shortly before registrations close.
Tickets for the conference dinner on the Saturday evening are discounted if purchased with a full conference ticket. They can be also purchased separately at the full price.
NorthWrite 2019 has been organised into parallel streams, designed to reflect the interests of our writing community. Participants may choose to attend sessions within or across streams when they book for the conference. Presentations, other than masterclasses, are scheduled in 1.5 hour sessions. Masterclasses are 3 hours long, covered over 2 sessions.
NorthWrite 2019 streams
- Publishing – this stream focuses on information about publishing, with ebook publishing covered on Saturday and print publishing on Sunday.
- Writing techniques – this stream caters for a range of writers. There are sessions on writing for children, non-fiction, fiction writing and self-editing.
- Masterclasses – this stream is designed for experienced fiction writers, poets and editors.
- Conversations – this stream provides opportunities for participants to engage in informal discussions on a range of topics pertinent to writers.
NorthWrite’s masterclasses have been planned to give experienced writers, poets and editors opportunities to engage in in-depth discussions about their craft. The masterclasses are restricted to a limited number of participants to ensure a high level of engagement.
Masterclass 1: Editing. This masterclass is limited to 15 participants. It is open to qualified and experienced freelance or in-house editors. This masterclass will be presented by Simon Minto.
Masterclass 2: Novel. This masterclass is limited to 10–12 participants. It is open to writers who are currently working on a novel AND have at least three years of writing study (for example, a Bachelor in Creative Writing or a three-year diploma programme) OR a Masters in Creative Writing OR at least one completed book length work of fiction. Participants’ writing will be workshopped. On registration you must submit 1500 words of a novel in progress, which will be distributed to Catherine Chidgey and the other participants. These writing samples are to be read by all participants prior to the event. This masterclass is presented by Catherine Chidgey.
Masterclass 3: Poetry. This masterclass is limited to 15 participants. It is open to writers currently working on poetry who have been published in at least one forum for poetry or short lyrical fiction (such as flash fiction). This masterclass is presented by Harry Ricketts.
Ticket sales will open at 5pm on 1 July. Details about how to book will be published by the end of June. All prices include GST. Additional booking fees may apply at the time of registration. Your NZSA membership number must be recorded when making your booking.
Early Bird from 1 July
|Student Conference only||$150|
|Student Conference plus dinner||$200|
|NZSA member Conference only||$175|
|NZSA member Conference plus dinner||$225|
|Non-member Conference only||$200|
|Non-member Conference plus dinner||$250|
|Dinner only||$ 75|
Full Price from 1 August
|Student Conference only||$175|
|Student Conference plus dinner||$225|
|NZSA member Conference only||$200|
|NZSA member Conference plus dinner||$250|
|Non-member Conference only||$220|
|Non-member Conference plus dinner||$270|
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NorthWrite 2019 is presented with the support of Creative New Zealand.