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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Listening to the Waves: part 2

The second of a two-day workshop with Lynn Jenner which looks at tuning in to the sound and rhythm of your sentences and paragraphs.
The first will take place on October 19 (see separate listing).


A five-day writers festival celebrating Aotearoa authors and international guests. The festival features LitCrawl (25 events in 3.5 hours in 25 venues in Wellington's CBD) on Saturday 9 November. The programme is launched on 4 September.

2019 New Zealand Children's Writers' and Illustrators Hui

A National Hui for children’s writers and illustrators will take place in Dunedin over the weekend of 8-10 November, 2019, in association with Storylines.

Some of the country’s best and most beloved children’s book creators will join influential industry professionals to deliver a diverse programme of workshops, keynotes, and panel discussions – right in the heart of New Zealand’s UNESCO City of Literature. Full programme details will be released shortly. Contact co-convenors Trish Brooking ( or Jackie McMillan ( for more information.

Closed to Public

Cultivate: A Writing Retreat with Jesse Blackadder

This three-day residential writing retreat with award-winning Australian novelist and children’s book author Jesse Blackadder will give you the skills and confidence to turn your story idea into something remarkable.

Taking the Sting out of Editing

A one-day workshop with Catherine Robertson helps manage the emotional and practical aspects of editing.