Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Registrations open for NorthWrite 2019

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A stellar line up of authors taking master classes include Harry Ricketts, Catherine Chidgey and Kate De Goldi,


Registrations are now open for this year’s NorthWrite conference, Expanding Horizons, which features masterclasses and a keynote presentation by top New Zealand writers.

Multiple award-winning novelist Catherine Chidgey will present a masterclass on long fiction, poet, biographer and essayist, Harry Ricketts, will offer a masterclass on poetry and Simon Minto, editor and Whitireia Polytechnic publishing course tutor, will lead one on editing. The conference’s keynote address will be given by award-winning fiction writer Kate De Goldi.

NorthWrite event coordinator Kathy Derrick said the organising committee was thrilled with the calibre of presenters they had secured for this year’s events.

“We have an outstanding line-up of very experienced and well-regarded New Zealand authors, poets and an editor, as well as an international guest and local publishing industry experts offering their expertise to the writing community at this year’s event,” she said.

As well as offering masterclasses, Catherine Chidgey, Harry Rickets and Simon Minto will lead workshops on technical aspects of their crafts, and Kate De Goldi will present sessions on writing for children. Leeanna Morgan, author of 34 contemporary romance novels, will lead a workshop on plot as well as one on the publication steps for ebooks. Smashbooks marketing director Jim Azevedo will provide a webinar from the United States on ebook publishing and Huia Publishing executive director Eboni Waitere will focus on traditional publishing.

Derrick said that NorthWrite 2019 has been organised into parallel streams, designed to reflect the interests of the writing community. The masterclasses have been planned to give experienced writers, poets and editors opportunities to engage in in-depth discussions about their craft. They are restricted to a limited number of participants to ensure a high level of engagement.

In addition to the masterclasses, the streams are as follows:

  • Publishing – this stream focuses on information about ebook and print publishing.
  • Writing techniques – this stream caters for a range of writers, with sessions on writing for children, non-fiction, fiction writing and self-editing.
  • Conversations – this stream provides opportunities for participants to engage in informal discussions on a range of topics pertinent to writers. These will be lead by Northland writers Piet Nieuwland, Briar Wood, Vivian Thonger and Zana Bell, as well as Eboni Waitere.

Participants may choose to attend sessions within or across streams when they book for the conference.

NorthWrite 2019 will be held at Barge Showgrounds Events Centre, Whangarei. It will open with a mihi and meet-and-greet event on Friday 30 August. The conference will take place on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September.

Early bird prices are available until 31 July. Reduced prices are available for students. Catering is provided by Soda Creek Kitchen (ex Food at Wharepuke).

To find out more about the conference and to register go to northwrite.co.nz.






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