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NZSA National Writers Forum

21 Sep 2018 - 23 Sep 2018


Friday 21 September 2018, 6.00pm - Sunday 23 September 2018, 4.30pm

  • Fri 21 Sep, 6pm onwards – Event opening session
  • Sat 22 Sep, 8am-7pm
  • Sun 23 Sep, 8am-4pm

Owen Glenn Business School, University of Auckland, 12 Grafton Rd, Auckland

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Earlybird sales end 5 August

Opening night - $20

Day passes and weekend tickets – $150-$420


09 379 4801


The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa’s National Writers Forum is a conference for people who write - whether fiction, non-fiction, blogs, textbooks, children’s writers, graphic novels, poetry, plays or digital media.

It is a 2.5-day intensive where writers talk, learn and share information about the craft of writing, the business of writing and the world of words.

The NWF reports and reflects on aspects of technique, deep craft, current New Zealand writing, publishing opportunities and explores the prospects for writers.


This year we’ll be celebrating the important role the written word plays in our lives and communities, learn new skills to develop our craft and talk about how to sustain our work, our industry and ourselves in this ever-changing publishing world.

Join leading writers from across Aotearoa and Oceania who will share their knowledge and experiences. Immerse yourself in the only national event designed for and by writers.

Leading writers from Australia, Samoa and New Zealand will deliver workshops, master classes, presentations, keynotes and panel discussions covering subjects that matter to all writers: the craft of writing, getting your manuscript ready for publication, publishing in both print and digital format, promoting books, finding readers, building a career, making it internationally, working in translation and much much more.

There is also the Janet Frame Memorial Lecture, the CLNZ Awards Cocktail Party and loads more opportunities to network with others in the writing community.

All ticket holders can enter the Making the Perfect Pitch competition to win a one-on-one session with participating publishers.

Check out our website for the full programme and all participating speakers. 


Any writer who wants to develop their craft, increase the visibility of their work, develop their career, engage with other writers and find out the latest industry news and prospects for writers.

Special rates apply for NZSA Members.

Friday Night ONLY tickets are available to attend the Grand Opening event, including The Janet Frame Memorial Lecture, grand opening and welcome, Legacy NZSA and Philip Pullman link and drinks (one drink voucher and nibbles).

The Friday night is included in the full conference ticket for full delegates.