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Support, Sustain, Survive

Support, Sustain, Survive

Business, Conversation, Discussion, Essay, Marketing, Non-fiction, Panel, Poetry, Publicity, Self-publishing

Being a writer can be a tough occupation requiring patience, perseverance and passion. Keeping yourself…

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Building Fantastic Worlds

Building fantastic worlds

Craft, Fantasy, Fiction, Genre, Masterclass, Science Fiction

Masterclass with Helen Lowe:  Establishing ambiance and milieu is part of all fiction, but the…

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Writing Psychology

Writing psychology

Craft, Fiction, Genre, Historical Fiction, Romance, Short Story

Masterclass :  Chris Cleave is author of the bestselling Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Incendiary (international best-seller, multi-prize…

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Keynote – The Clocks Are Striking Thirteen

Keynote – The clocks are striking thirteen

Business, Craft, Journalism, Keynote

We are living in a world in which people suddenly don’t believe in facts, experts,…

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I Wish I Knew When I Didn’t Know…

I wish I knew when I didn’t know…

Business, Conversation, Craft, Digital, Discussion, Marketing, Non-fiction, Panel, Publicity, Publishing, Self-publishing

Four writers reveal what advice they’d wish they’d received at certain moments in their writing…

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Making An Award-Winner: Stephen Daisley And Mandy Brett

Making an Award-Winner: Stephen Daisley and Mandy Brett

Conversation, Craft, Editing, Fiction, Publishing

Stephen Daisley wrote Coming Rain and Mandy Brett is senior editor at Text Publishing.  Coming…

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Writing Fale Aitu | Spirit House: Tusiata Avia

Writing Fale Aitu | Spirit House: Tusiata Avia

Case study, Craft, Poetry

Expect an hour of revelation. For Tusiata Avia, the job of the writer is to bring…

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The Future Of Publishing: Scott Pack & Dominic Hoey

The future of publishing: Scott Pack & Dominic Hoey

Business, Case study, Digital, Discussion, Distribution, Publishing, Self-publishing

Scott Pack is a UK-based publisher, writer and entrepreneur and he’s got ideas on what…

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Are You There Yet? Getting Your Manuscript Ready

Are you there yet? Getting your manuscript ready

Business, Craft, Editing, Masterclass, Publishing, Self-publishing

You’ve got a manuscript and it’s ready to be published? Before you start on the…

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Publishing 101 – Making A Book

Publishing 101 – Making a book

Business, Design, Digital, Discussion, Distribution, Production, Publishing, Self-publishing

There are many roads that lead to your book being published. This session brings together…

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Publicity Masterclass

Publicity masterclass

Business, Craft, Crime, Fiction, Genre, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Marketing, Masterclass, Publicity, Self-publishing

Join experienced publicity wrangler Elizabeth Heritage for a practical class on writing a media release,…

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Copyright And Contracts

Copyright and contracts

Business, Conversation, Copyright, Panel, Publishing, Self-publishing

For writers, contract and copyright knowledge is essential. It’s never too late to find out…

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Beyond The Book: Being A Writer

Beyond the book: being a writer

Business, Conversation, Fiction, Genre, Marketing, Non-fiction, Romance, Self-publishing

Join international bestselling paranormal romance author Nalini Singh in conversation with super woman publicist, Yvonne…

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The Political Is Personal: Autobiographical And Political Graphic Novels

The political is personal: autobiographical and political graphic novels

Fiction, Graphic Novels, Masterclass, Memoir, Non-fiction

Join award-winning artists Toby Morris and Sarah Laing for a masterclass on autobiographical and political writing. They will explore how to…

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The Perfect Pitch: A Panel Of Publishers Explain . . .

The Perfect Pitch: a panel of publishers explain . . .

Business, Fiction, Genre, Non-fiction, Panel, Publishing

We have assembled a panel of editors and publishers who are all passionate about pitching.…

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Creating Fiction From Fact

Creating fiction from fact

Craft, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Novels, Workshop

Workshop with Anna Mackenzie A hands-on workshop for aspiring and published writers of historical fiction.…

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Unprintable Books

Unprintable books

Craft, Digital, Fiction, Masterclass, Non-fiction, Publishing

A masterclass with Canadian author, Kate Pullinger on writing for the digital era. Kate Pullinger is…

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Live Live Editing!

Live Live Editing!

Craft, Editing, Fiction, Genre, Journalism, Non-fiction, Panel, Self-publishing

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart,…

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Structure, Plot And Pace

Structure, plot and pace

Craft, Crime, Fiction, Masterclass, Novels, Romance

A practical lesson with three brilliant writers ... How do you tell a compelling story?…

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The Art Of The Short Story

The art of the short story

Craft, Fiction, Short Story, Workshop

Workshop with Patricia Grace A hands-on workshop suitable for writers of all levels. Patricia Grace…

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The Great Debate

The great debate


Do you stroll straight to, or straight past, the ‘NZ Books’ section at your local…

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Our mission is to create an event for all writers in New Zealand to gather as a community. The NWF will bring you prestigious local and international speakers to share their knowledge, their ideas and their experience.


17–18 September 2016
Owen G Glenn Building
University of Auckland
Business School
12 Grafton Road, Auckland


Phone: 09 379 4801
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