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.

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NorthWrite 2017: National Flash Fiction Day Workshop and Readings

This year’s NorthWrite event will be held at Kings Theatre Creative, Kawakawa, on 25 June 2017 in conjunction with National Flash Fiction Day. It will consist of a one-hour, flash fiction workshop, followed by flash fiction readings from Northland writers. Flash fiction writer, Vivian Thonger, will facilitate the workshop accompanied by improvised music from Ambients. The workshop is $10 per person and can be paid in cash on the day or by internet banking. (Please complete the form below if paying online.) The workshop will run from 1.30 – 2.30pm, followed by an afternoon tea break and then flash fiction readings from 3 – 4pm.

Breath/Voice/Word/Hand/Sound

Since ancient times, people have understood that our senses feed off one another, mixing together sensory input in ways that inspire creative impulses and actions. The word synaesthesia describes a condition that a few people consciously experience: seeing sounds or hearing colours, for example. In this workshop, psychologist and flash-fiction writer Vivian Thonger guides participants into the world of sound, specifically improvised music, stimulating writing ideas to emerge and develop. Through a series of linked exercises, everyone is enabled to experience some form of sensory mingling and crossover. The aim is for every participant to generate, singly and in collaboration with others, a significant body of words, phrases and sentences that combine to form the beginnings of flash pieces and stories to take home. Because writing is usually a solitary activity, group work can have a powerful impact in kickstarting new ideas, new creations and fresh productivity. This intensive workshop is designed to have value for writers ranging from novices to veterans. You will leave with a whole heap of inspiration.

Vivian Thonger

Vivian Thonger of Kerikeri, is a writer, poet, performer and musician with degrees in psychology, art and creative writing. She moved to New Zealand in 2014, having previously lived in London, Cornwall, the Netherlands and Washington DC. A master moderator and qualitative professional for 30 years, Vivian has conducted hundreds of creativity sessions and trainings, for corporations, small companies, non-profits and clubs.

Her flash fiction has been published online on the Write Up North website, Flash Frontier and International Flash Fiction. This year’s highlights include her stint as resident poet at CollaboratioNZ 2017, a biennial international art event, and being asked to judge Whangarei District Libraries 2017 Flash Fiction Competition. She is a co-founder of the Bay of Islands Writers Group.

Vivian is also an enthusiastic member of Whangarei’s ImprovMob, purveyors of acting games and chaos, Northland’s Poetry Posse and co-founder and percussionist with Ambients, an ensemble creating spontaneous musical atmospheres.

Please complete the following form if you wish to pay by internet banking