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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September

The Final Choice Book Tour – Tauranga

Hear and meet best-selling author and journalist Caralise Trayes.

The Final Choice Book Tour - Hamilton

Hear and meet best-selling author and journalist Caralise Trayes.

NZ Young Writers Festival

The New Zealand Young Writers Festival (NZYWF) is an annual four-day programme of workshops, panel discussions and performances by and for young writers.

Nz Young Writers Festival Opening: Now We Are Six

It's the official opening of the sixth annual NZ Young Writers' Festival and we want to celebrate with you!

Nz Young Writers Festival // Fern Fronds on Fire: Climate Poetry

Climate change is crucial to how we imagine our futures and make choices.

NZ Young Writers Festival // No Country For Young Playwrights

Being a playwright in Aotearoa means existing in a niche within an already tiny niche.

NZ Young Writers Festival // The Personal is Publishable

Personal essays and op-eds are dynamite right now, but there’s much more to a good one than just a fiery anecdote.

NZ Young Writers Festival // Don't Read The Comments: Navigating The Modern Media Landscape

Playwright and culture editor for The Spinoff, Sam Brooks talks about working in the media in a modern age, using his experience of working across a range of publications, both online and print.

NZ Young Writers Festival // Juvenalia: Visions From Our Youth

How well do you remember your childhood? How well could you remember someone else’s?

NZ Young Writers Festival // Big Bad Book Quiz!

Come test your literary knowledge at this fun and friendly pub quiz! Hosted by Radio One whizz Henessey Griffiths.

Wayne Youle: Elevation

Open Tues-Sun, 10am-4:30pm
An exhibition of new work made during the artist's McCahon House residency.

NZ Young Writers Festival // How to Speak Words and Influence People: Performance Poetry

National Slam Champion, poet and toast enthusiast Jordan Hamel is here to teach you how to talk. Not really, but he IS here with a fun and friendly workshop to help you explore different ways of performing your words, prep for the Slam Competition tonight, and answer the question: what is performance poetry anyway?

NZ Young Writers Festival // Zinefest: Wake n' Make

Come make a zine of your very own while you peruse the stalls at the Dunedin Zinefest! An open space to come hang, have some fun and make whatever you want. We’ll bring the supplies you bring the inspiration! Zinesters will be on hand to help you craft a zine of your very own.

NZ Young Writers Festival // Dunedin Zinefest!

Come browse, buy and blow your own mind at the annual Dunedin Zinefest! Sample the DIY wares of local poets, illustrators, artists, designers and zinesters.

NZ Young Writers Festival // How To Write A Bad Play

Fall into failure and free yourself from the fear of it with award-winning playwright Nathan Joe.

Tu Meke Tūī! Live On Stage (New Plymouth)

Adapted from the popular children's book by Malcolm Clarke. A Tu Meke Tūī! and Auckland Live production. Presented by Tour-Makers.

NZ Young Writers Festival // Put It Through The Machine: Idea Generation For Comedy

Join award-winning comedy writers Abby Howells and Rosie Howells as they take you on a journey through your own mind to generate ideas for your next project - whether it be for a stand-up set, a feature film or a play.

NZ Young Writers Festival // Flesh and Bone

Readings from writers who whakapapa Pasifika and Māori curated by Faith Wilson and Essa Ranapiri.

NZ Young Writers Festival // Otago Poetry Slam

Open to slam poets of any age, with the winner representing the Otago Region in the national competition.

NZ Young Writers Festival // Write Like A Witch

Free yourself from self-criticism and learn how to slip into flow-state at this psychologically minded writing workshop.

NZ Young Writers Festival // Exquisite Corpses and Collaborative Choices

A very special Ōtepoti Writers Lab session to celebrate the magic of collaboration!

The Final Choice Book Tour – Warkworth

Hear and meet best-selling author and journalist Caralise Trayes.

School Holiday Programme - Future Past Present

Te Uru's next school holiday programmes.

Tu Meke Tūī! Live On Stage (Tauranga)

Adapted from the popular children's book by Malcolm Clarke. A Tu Meke Tūī! and Auckland Live production. Presented by Tour-Makers.

School Holiday Programme - Curious Tamariki Titirangi

Curious Tamariki at Te Uru

October

Nelson Arts Festival with Pukapuka Talks

Plans for a 2020 arts festival in Nelson have restarted!

The Final Choice Book Tour - Nelson Event 1

Here’s your chance to get informed about the End of Life Choice Act with journalist and author of best-selling book The Final Choice, Caralise Trayes.

The Final Choice Book Tour - Nelson Daytime Event

Here’s your chance to get informed about the End of Life Choice Act with journalist and author of best-selling book The Final Choice, Caralise Trayes.

The Final Choice Book Tour - Nelson Event 2

Here’s your chance to get informed about the End of Life Choice Act with journalist and author of best-selling book The Final Choice, Caralise Trayes.

James Charlton: THROWN

The latest from James Charlton

'A Baa-rilliant Adventure' Book Launch Oxford

Celebrating the launch of 'A Baa-rilliant Adventure' - what happens to the sheep when their shepherds run off to Bethlehem ...

Tu Meke Tūī! Live On Stage (Hastings)

Adapted from the popular children's book by Malcolm Clarke. A Tu Meke Tūī! and Auckland Live production. Presented by Tour-Makers

Tu Meke Tūī! Live On Stage (Gisborne)

Adapted from the popular children's book by Malcolm Clarke. A Tu Meke Tūī! and Auckland Live production. Presented by Tour-Makers. Part of the Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival 2020.

Tu Meke Tūī! Live On Stage (Hamilton)

Adapted from the popular children's book by Malcolm Clarke. A Tu Meke Tūī! and Auckland Live production. Presented by Tour-Makers.

Yarns in Barns

Save the date! Wairarapa's biennial literary festival happening.

Escape!

The Little Festival with Big Ideas

WBAJ charity book signing

We have so many talented authors here in New Zealand and abroad, and WBAJ is the place to meet them!

Escape!

A ‘pop-up’ version of the popular Escape! festival will take place in Tauranga on October 17 and 18 with tickets on sale from September 16.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Gareth Ward

Hawke's Bay based author Gareth Ward is visiting schools in Northland this week.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Daisy Lavea-Timo

Christchurch based slam poet Daisy Lavea-Timo is visiting schools in Hawke's Bay this week.

Storylines National Story Tour - Central Plateau Region

Applications for Story Tour visits in 2020 are OPEN!

Inspire Series - Joyce Campbell

The next in Te Uru's Inspire Series

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by James Russell

Auckland based author of the Dragons Brothers and Dragon Defenders books (with augmented reality app!) will be visiting schools around Christchurch this week.

Squiggla - Bringing Arts Back into the Classroom

From the co-developers of Squiggla and Te Uru

WORD Christchurch Festival

New Dates! Mark your diaries... the 2020 WORD Christchurch Festival will now be taking place from 30 October - 1 November, with a new grassroots programme.