NorthWrite 2015: Creating books to be proud of

Welcome to Northwrite 2015, a one-day event focusing on self-publishing and exploring the steps involved in producing a successful publication. There are two workshop programmes, 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. These will be held at Maungatapere School (10 minutes west of Whangarei) on 18 April 2015 from 9am to 4.30pm.

Our member and guest presenters will share their experiences of 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. 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 whānau programme 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 producing local histories and memoirs. Marie Low will talk about design, and an ebook session will be available for those interested.

Profiles of all presenters are available here.

The commercial programme will offer presentations on:

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

Our presenters for the commercial programme are: Gay Hay and Brenda Martin of Page Break, Marie Low, an Auckland designer, Gillian Hughes, an experienced public relations specialist, Annemarie Florian, owner of Storytime Books in Whangarei, Margaret Cahill, freelance editor, and Kathy Derrick, self-published ebook author.

Profiles of all presenters are available here.

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 $85
  • Non-members $100

Registrations close 16 April 2015.

Download the registration form here: Registration Form

If you have any questions please use the Ask Us A Question page.

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