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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July

Exisle Academy Writing Competition: “The Story I Needed to Have Read”

Sometimes, the right story at the right moment can give us the courage we need to overcome adversity. And when that story doesn't already exist, we need to make it ourselves.

Write a short story - in any genre, fiction or fact - that helped or would have helped you at a pivotal moment in your life. One winner will receive up to $2000 worth of training and coaching with Exisle Academy, including the opportunity to discuss developing a book with our editors.

For more information and entry: https://exisleacademy.com/the-story-i-needed-writing-competition/

NZSA Regional Roadshow: Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Regional Roadshow brings professional development to the regions. We are delighted to be returning to Te Whanganui-a-Tara for our second Regional Roadshow of 2022!

Poetry Slam at Your Place

New Zealand's only regular online poetry slam!

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Des Hunt

Coromandel writer Des Hunt is visiting schools in Auckland this month.

Marlborough Book Festival 2022

An annual weekend of wonderful writers, curious audiences and beautiful Marlborough vistas

SPEAKEASY Writers Festival

SPEAKEASY Writers Fest features some of the most captivating authors in Aotearoa today, both fiction and non-fiction. Over two days, we're inviting you to push your mind to be observant, let curiosity take over, and challenge your perceptions with modern literature.

The festival includes talks, interviews, Q&A sessions, and book signings with award-winning authors, poets, adventurers, and scholars.

Featuring: Abbas Nazari, Christine Leunens, Jacqueline Bublitz, Jared Savage, Jo Morgan, Julie Zarifeh, Mat Ward, Rosetta Allan, Zirk van den Berg.

Their books have been selected for the beautiful way they allow readers to discover and explore elements of everyday life, letting them into the lives of others and connecting to characters as they overcome difficulties and challenges.

Be inspired by the power of words this July!
SPEAKEASY Writers Fest is presented by Taranaki Arts Festival.

Kororā and the Sushi Shop Book Launch - Auckland

Celebrate the release of Kororā and the Sushi Shop with a book reading by the author

No Other Place to Stand | Book Launch

Auckland University Press invite you to celebrate the launch of No Other Place to Stand: An Anthology of Climate Change Poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Storylines Hui 2022

Storylines Children's Writers and Illustrators' National Hui 2022

Poetry at Your Place feat. Page Sinclair

New Zealand's only regular online poetry event and community - this time featuring queer, nonbinary poet - Page Sinclair!

Kororā and the Sushi Shop Book Launch - Tākaka

Celebrate the release of Kororā and the Sushi Shop with a reading by the author

Kororā and the Sushi Shop Book Launch - Richmond

Celebrate the release of Kororā and the Sushi Shop with a reading by the author

Kororā and the Sushi Shop Book Launch - Motueka

Celebrate the release of Kororā and the Sushi Shop with a reading by the author

Process and Play with Airini Beautrais

Join writer and poet, Airini Beautrais for this two-day workshop exploring creativity, process, and play, honing in on the places where creativity comes from within ourselves, and the various forms of inspiration we carry with us.

Kororā and the Sushi Shop Book Launch - Wellington

Celebrate the release of Kororā and the Sushi Shop with a reading by the author

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Des Hunt

Coromandel writer Des Hunt is visiting schools in Auckland this month.

NZSA Regional Roadshow Tāmaki-makau-rau Auckland

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Regional Roadshow brings professional development to the regions. We are excited to be coming to Tāmaki-makau-rau for our third Regional Roadshow of 2022!

Closed to Public

2022 Booksellers Aotearoa Conference

Hold the date! Booksellers Aotearoa 99th Annual Conference is scheduled for the last weekend in July.

Kororā and the Sushi Shop Book Launch - Nelson

Celebrate the release of Kororā and the Sushi Shop with a reading by the author