NorthWrite 2015 Presenters

After a panel discussion on self-publishing with panellists Maureen Sudlow (picture books and poetry), Diana Menefy (community histories), Peri Hoskins (creative non-fiction/memoir), Kathy Derrick (ebooks) and Derin Attwood (young adult fiction) the seminar will split into two workshop streams: one for those wishing to explore what’s involved in producing a successful publication for friends and family (whanau publishing), and one for those wishing to explore what’s involved in producing a successful publication for the commercial book trade (commercial publishing).

Whānau Publishing

This workshop stream will cover 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, and contracts with editors and printers. An ebook session will be available for those interested in publishing online. The presenters are:

Diana Menefy

Di MenefyDi Menefy’s first stories and articles were published in the New Zealand Farmer and School Journal in the late 1970s and early 1980s before she got sidetracked into journalism. Di spent five years as a part-time feature writer for local papers until she started writing commissioned histories as a freelance writer. Her first junior novel, River Crossing, was published by Reed in 2001. In 2010, Shadow of the Boyd was published by HarperCollins and won the Esther Glen medal. Her latest novel, Wounds of War published by Scholastic, will be launched at the Whangarei Museum from 5.30-7.30pm on Friday 17 April. NorthWrite participants are most welcome to come along to the launch on the evening before the workshops. Di has recently released an updated edition of one of her community histories, Hukerenui… in the beginning.

Kathleen Wynn

SAMSUNGKath Wynn has taught secondary school students in Australia, England, Canada and New Zealand. She is currently tutoring in the applied writing course at NorthTec, Whangarei. In conjunction with a senior student, she has written a school production, Forward to the Past and she has produced and edited school magazines, school newspapers and two books of student writing. Her articles have been published in a range of magazines. Over the past few years Kath has focused on writing biographies and reflections for hospice patients. She has just completed her 22nd biography. She also works with English Language Partners and has recently completed, with a young Tibetan refugee mother, an autobiography of life and imprisonment in Tibet under Chinese rule.

Lesley Marshall

Lesley MarshallLesley Marshall is a freelance editor who also works as a mentor and assessor for the Society of Authors, teaches specialist writing classes for children, and periodically works as an assessor and mentor for Whitireia Polytechnic. She has created and teaches several specialist editing papers online through NorthTec. Lesley is a founding member of the invitation-only guild of New Zealand editors – the New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors – and has edited numerous memoirs, family histories and other self-published books.

Marie Low

Marie LowMarie Low is an Auckland freelance designer with significant industry experience. She has worked for over 19 years with the educational publishers Pearson. Marie has been a winner of the CLL (Copyright Licensing NZ) Educational Awards five times, most recently in 2014. Marie’s work won the PANZ Book Award for best educational book in 2008 and again in 2009, with Esther Chua. Her passion for good book design is ongoing. Marie will  discuss design options (including formats) with participants in the whānau publishing workshop.

Commercial Publishing

This workshop stream will cover project management, editing and assessment, design, ebooks, contracts, pricing and distribution, and marketing. The presenters are:

Gay Hay and Brenda Martin of Page Break:

Page Break 1Gay Hay and Brenda Martin 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 currently 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 for teachers, which has been a commercial success. Gay and Brenda will be presenting a session on project management and the steps required to produce a successful publication.

Margaret Cahill:

Margaret Cahill is a freelance editor. Her expertise includes assessing and editing books for children and young adults. She worked for many years as an editor at Learning Media Limited, where she had responsibility for editing a range of children’s series from the My Feelings series for Early Childhood Education to the Connected series on science, mathematics and technology. She also edited a broad range of materials for teachers. Margaret will discuss the contribution that an editor can make to your work.

Marie Low

Marie LowMarie Low is an Auckland freelance designer with significant industry experience. She has worked for over 19 years with the educational publishers, Pearson. Marie has been a winner of the CLL (Copyright Licensing NZ) Educational Awards five times, most recently in 2014. Marie’s work won the PANZ Book Award for best educational book in 2008 and again in 2009, with Esther Chua. Her passion for good book design is ongoing. Marie will present a session in the commercial publishing workshop, focusing on the contribution that good design makes to marketing.

Katharine Derrick:

Kathy 1Kathy Derrick writes mainly for children and young adults. She has completed a junior novel and is currently working on two young adult novels. Periodically she dips her toe into flash fiction. Kathy has five original fairytale ebooks published online through Amazon and Smashwords and she runs a number of blogs. She is also a trained tertiary teacher and tutors for the NorthTec Applied Writing Diploma. Kathy will be presenting a session on the process of creating an ebook.

Annemarie Florian:

Annemarie FlorianAnnemarie Florian has spent her adult life in the company of children’s books. She has spent many years as a librarian and is the owner of Storytime Books in Whangarei. Annemarie has published a number of children’s books, including the award-winning Kiwi: The Real Story. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the New Zealand book trade. Annemarie will be presenting a session on book distribution and she will give us the lowdown on the current distribution options available in this country.

 

Gillian Hughes:

Gillian HughesGillian Hughes is an experienced public relations specialist who worked in the advertising industry in New Zealand and overseas, before joining New Holland Publishers in 2002. She then moved to Allen & Unwin as a senior publicist, working on a huge list of international authors, including Margaret Attwood. Gillian has also worked for Lighthouse PR, and in 2009 she set up her own PR business, working for publishing houses and with self-published authors. Gillian will be presenting a workshop on self-marketing.

 

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Registrations for NorthWrite 2015 are open

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. 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. 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.
  • 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 producing local histories and memoirs. Marie Low will talk about design, and an ebook session will be available for those interested.

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.

Download the registration form here: Registration Form

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

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.

NorthWrite 2015 is on the way!

NorthWrite 2014 held in May this year was a great success. Our guest speaker and workshop presenter, Janice Galloway, was an engaging and inspiring speaker whose ideas were insightful and entertaining.

Diana Menefy and Pippa Werry’s presentations on The Truth and the Dead and War Stories for Children were well received. Participants found the overarching guidelines helpful and the content stimulating, while the notion of what children and young adults can actually cope with in terms of historical accuracy was fascinating and raised questions about how war is portrayed and sanitised for differing purposes.

Our Sunday workshops were also popular with one of the attendees telling us the Japanese poetry session (presented by Maureen Sudlow) was one of the best workshops she’d ever been to. Trish Nicholson’s workshop Finding Deep Character was excellent with lots of practical tips. This was a prototype workshop that Trish then took to Europe. If you are interested in her workshop tour read about it in her blog here. As with any workshop from the wonderful editing wizard, Lesley Marshall, participants were left hungry for more and enjoyed the combination of “broad brush” techniques as well as the “nitty gritty”. Zana Bell’s presentation, From Universes to Laundry Lists: World-building across the genres, was “unexpectedly applicable” according to one participant and provided useful advice for expanding any world, even contemporary ones. Rae Roadley’s Creative Non-fiction workshop inspired at least one attendee to start writing again, while others found the content interesting and thought provoking. The Digital Process presented by Kathy Derrick was also well received and provided excellent, practical information for loading e-books onto Amazon.

With NorthWrite 2014 behind us, it is time to look ahead to NorthWrite 2015. We are organising a one-day event focusing on various forms of indie/self-publishing and exploring the steps involved in producing a successful publication. There will be two workshop streams, one for those interested in writing for their families and/or local communities, and another for writers planning to publish for the commercial market. This will be held just outside Whangarei on 18 April 2015. We are putting the programme together now and will keep you informed on the NorthWrite site.