NorthWrite 2018: Information for Participants

Book Sales

We will have a book stall operating over the weekend and you are invited to sell your books on the stall on Sunday. Once you have registered, you will be contacted with more information about this. In the meantime, make sure you have a supply of your books on hand to sell.

Workshop Descriptions

Saturday 10 March 5.30pm

Panel discussion: Diversifying Your Work – Making Your Writing Pay

The Saturday evening panellists, Kathryn Burnett, Whiti Hereaka and Janice Marriott will talk about how they make writing work for them. Their varied writing experiences and writing paths will suggest many possibilities for making your writing pay.

Sunday 11 March 9.30am (Participants choose one workshop)

The Ideas Clinic
Kathryn Burnett

Whether you’re looking for a brand new idea or just want to improve your creative problem solving, this fast and furious idea generation workshop will teach you new brainstorming techniques and leave you re-energised and firing.

Creating Natural Dialogue
Whiti Hereaka

Sharpen your dialogue skills in this session. Learn tips and tricks to create realistic and distinctive dialogue for your characters.

Writing Non-Fiction
Janice Marriott

In a show rather than tell session, Janice will use her own books and experiences to show you how to choose a subject and how to make your writing goal achievable.  She will give you plenty of tips and advice, as well as telling you humorous and moving stories to illustrate her points.

Sunday 11 March 11.30am (Participants choose one workshop.)

Turning Your Idea Into Story
Kathryn Burnett

So you’ve got a great idea – where do you start to turn it into a story? This dynamic, practical writing workshop will help participants take a germ of an idea and expand it into a basic story structure.  Come with pen and paper – and your awesome idea!

New Stories from Old
Whiti Hereaka

Walt Disney built an empire telling new stories from old. This workshop will look at various approaches to developing new works from classic fairy tales and myths and explore the advantages and disadvantages of using well-known works for inspiration.

Writing Memoir
Janice Marriott

This presentation will empower participants to write their own memoirs, of themselves or of other people.  Everyone has stories to tell. The trick is to know how to shape them into a record that gives you and your readers satisfaction. Janice will give examples of how to make recollection come alive. She will include tips about researching, interviewing, and writing. Janice’s presentations aim to entertain as well as inform.

Sunday 11 March 2pm (Participants choose one workshop.)

Smash Your 2018 Writing Goal
Kathryn Burnett

A practical and interactive workshop that gives writers the tools to set achievable writing goals and then smash them. You’ll even discover how you can carve out more time to write!

Publisher and Agent Panel
One Tree House and Vicki Marsdon

Panellists will discuss what publishers are looking for; market trends; preparing work for submission; the editing process; preparing work for self-publication; the role of an agent and the dos and don’ts of approaching an agent.


NorthWrite 2018 Presenters

Kathryn Burnett

Kathryn Burnett is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, story consultant and workshop facilitator who has worked in film and television for over 20 years. She has significant television and film credits – most recently as co-writer on the TVNZ children’s series The Cul de Sac. Kathryn has been shortlisted for the 2017 Adams Best New Play Award and she has a feature film project in pre-production and several other TV projects in development. She wrote the multi-award winning short film Shelved, which was produced by Media Design School in 2012 and was accepted into South by South West and NYC International Film Festivals. In 2011 she created a series of screenwriting and creativity workshops and has been helping writers be their creative best ever since.


Janice Marriott

Janice Marriott is a multi-award-winning writer of novels, memoir, short stories, poetry and children’s books. She has written Kiwi Kidsongs, radio stories and plays and TV scripts for Weta Workshops. Janice has won the NZ Post Junior Fiction Award, Aim Senior Fiction Award, Aim Book of the Year and the Esther Glen Medal for Fiction.

She has co-authored four books of memoir examining the differences between urban and rural living, Common Ground, Common Table, Common Lives, and Changing Lives. She has written a weekly gardening column in the Herald on Sunday, Weekend Gardener, and for five years a shared column in NZ House and Garden. Her short stories have been published in More, Metro, Australian Woman’s Weekly, and North and South and in many anthologies. Her latest book, a series of interviews, Grandparents Talk, is an examination of the role grandparents play in modern New Zealand society.

Janice now helps other people write their stories and achieve their publishing goals at She is a passionate and humorous speaker whose assessment, tutoring and mentoring business shows how writing can soothe us, challenge us, and give us satisfaction and friendship.

Whiti Hereaka

Photo credit Greg Bal

Whiti Hereaka is an award-winning novelist and playwright of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa and Pākehā descent, based in Wellington. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the International Institute of Modern Letters.

She is the author of two novels: The Graphologist’s Apprentice and the award-winning YA novel, Bugs.

In 2012, Whiti was the recipient of the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award. Her play Rewena, written during her writer in residency at the Michael King Writers Centre, has been performed nationally and was published in the anthology Here/Now in 2015.

Whiti is a board member of the Māori Literature Trust. She has been involved with Te Papa Tupu, an incubator programme for Māori writers, as a writer, a mentor and a judge.

In 2013, Whiti was invited to the prestigious International Writing Program in Iowa to participate as a writer in residence. She has held a number of writers’ residencies in New Zealand.

Whiti attended the Taipei Book Fair 2015 as one of the authors representing New Zealand as the Guest of Honour country. She participated in the Auckland Writers and the Singapore Writers Festivals in 2015.

Whiti is working on a novel for adults, Kurangaituku, which retells the story of Hatupatu from the bird woman’s point of view.

Jenny Nagle

Jenny Nagle began her publishing career in Hodder & Stoughton’s New Zealand educational division, before moving across the Tasman as Marketing Director. Since then, her 30 years’ experience includes working at Thomas Nelson, HodderHeadline, School Supplies, BestStart Educare, and APN (Kid’s Club). Jenny founded an independent distributor, Addenda and created The Bookie for specialist institutional supply. Jenny served for 4 years on the Australian Publishers’ Association Trade Book Marketing Committee and the NSW Children’s Book Council. She later managed the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Final Programme in NZ.

In June 2017, Jenny became CEO of The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ) and a member of the Storylines Management Committee.

In 2017, Jenny , along with Christine Dale, established One Tree House, an independent children’s press committed to publishing quality children’s literature.

Christine Dale 

Christine Dale has more than 25 years’ experience in the publishing industry. During her time as Publishing Manager at Scholastic NZ Ltd Christine extended the publishing list from 5 to 50 titles a year, over 30 of which went on to win awards. During her time with Scholastic, the company became the leading publisher of children’s books in New Zealand.

Christine is an experienced manuscript assessor. She is also a writer and illustrator. Her first illustration commission in the late 1980s, The Big Block of Chocolate, written by Janet Slater, has recently been reissued in a special edition.

Christine is the current chair of the Storylines Management Committee. In 2017, along with Jenny Nagle, she established the independent children’s press, One Tree House.

Vicki Marsdon

Vicki Marsden’s career in publishing began in the sales and marketing department of Heinemann Education, before she took on the role of their Educational Publisher. She developed the successful children’s list at Reed Publishing NZ and has been Children’s Publisher at Penguin and an Associate Publisher at Harper Collins NZ.

After four years with Wordlink NZ, Vicki has started her own agency, High Spot Literary, with business partner and fellow agent Nadine Rubin Nathan. She is iinterested in working with talented authors across a range of genre, in particular thought-provoking commercial fiction, high quality non-fiction and children’s books.