Book events and opportunities for writers calendar

Our calendar is full of book events and opportunities for writers organised by bookish groups throughout Aotearoa. Whether it’s a festival, book launch, award, grant, poetry reading or live storytelling event, never miss a book event or writers' opportunity in your community again!

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Victoria University/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence

We invite applications for the Victoria University of Wellington / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence 2021. Writers in all areas of literary activity, including drama, fiction and poetry, New Zealand art, biography, history, music, society and culture, are eligible to apply.

Book Launch: Tōku Pāpā by Ruby Solly

Unity Books and VUP warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of Tōku Pāpā by Ruby Solly. All welcome.

Book Launch: Tranquillity and Ruin by Danyl McLauchlan

Unity Books and VUP warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of Tranquillity and Ruin by Danyl McLauchlan. All welcome.

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds - 10 crime writers in 100 thrilling minutes. Covering a criminally large range of small town crime to international espionage and finishing with a sliver of paranormal tension, these ten authors represent some of New Zealand’s best crime writers, together under one roof. Join them as they stalk serial killers through the Coromandel bush, follow undercover cops on their fictional beats. Walk alongside them as they track international terrorists through Malaysia and investigate deadly financiers and dark family secrets. Listen to ten exceptional Kiwi authors at this one off event halfway down Auckland’s iconic Dominion Road.

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Writers in Schools visits by James Russell

Auckland based author James Russell, of The Dragon Defenders series, is visiting schools in Dunedin this week.

2021 Kāpiti Writers Retreat

Immerse yourself in writing and conversation this summer. There’s something for everyone–whether you’re new to writing, an established writer, or somewhere in-between. The Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat is a three-day gathering for writers that encompasses intensive morning workshops and lively afternoon discussions led by established and award winning writers – Brannavan Gnanalingam, Cassie Hart, Helen Lehndorf, M. Darusha Wehm, Pip Adam, Rob Hack and Rose Lu. You'll find space to write, relax and engage with topics critical to your work. Find out more here: