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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October

Holiday Creative Writing Camp - Auckland - North Shore

Learn to write stories like a published author - with a published author! On our fun holiday workshops.

Holiday Creative Writing Camp - Queenstown

Learn to write stories like a published author - with a published author!

Book Launch | Craven by Jane Arthur

Unity Books Wellington and Victoria University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Craven', the debut poetry collection by Jane Arthur. All welcome.

Book Launch | Flying High: The Photography of Lloyd Homer by Simon Nathan

Unity Books Wellington & Geoscience Society of New Zealand warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of
'Flying High: The Photography of Lloyd Homer' by Simon Nathan
to be launched by the Rt Hon Simon Upton. All welcome.

New Zealand Young Writers Festival

A festival for young writers and everyone who loves literature.

Join us for the launch of our 2019 reading research

We would love you to join us for the launch of our 2019 reading research on Thursday October 3, 2019.

In Conversation: Liz Nugent and Kirsten McDougall

Join us for a special evening with two acclaimed storytellers who craft suspenseful tales centred on unforgettable protagonists.

Owls Do Cry - Oamaru

The first ever theatre production of New Zealand’s first great novel by the late Janet Frame. Red Leap brings the delight of reading to life, bringing their signature devising styles to a beloved author. Set in Oamaru, this is a special show about small town love, grief and hope.

Te Hā National Māori Writer’s Hui

Te Hā National Māori Writer’s Hui. More info to follow...

BWB Talks: Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa Talk | The New Zealand Wars

Join award-winning journalist Mihingarangi Forbes and acclaimed historian Vincent O’Malley on the legacy and impact of The New Zealand Wars

WRITERS ON MONDAYS: This Hostile Place: Carl Shuker and Lawrence Patchett

This Hostile Place: Carl Shuker and Lawrence Patchett

Drawing, Art, Illustration Workshop for Kids - Wellington

Learn to create illustrations like a published illustrator - with a published illustrator!

Auckland Heritage Festival: Gertie and the Geese Book Launch

The Book Launch, for Gertie and the Geese, published by Mahi Books. Following on from the publication of Barkell and Mr Arkell last year, this is the second book in the series about event and characters from the lost suburb of Newton East, Auckland.

Book Launch | We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa by Chris McDowall & Tim Denee

Unity Books Wellington and Massey University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa' by Chris McDowall and Tim Denee. All welcome.

Inside.Out Open Mic for Writers

BRING YOUR WRITING - poetry, flash fiction, micro fiction, short story, novel excerpts, performance poetry etc - to share at the open mic (up to 6 mins max) , or come as audience to hear what's brand new.To read, just sign up on the open mic list as you arrive. Everyone welcome.( For prose, please time your piece aloud beforehand.) Inside.Out and Cafe One2One have been providing this space for writers since 2012.

Lunchtime Author Event | Mike Chunn: A Sharp Left Turn

Unity Books Wellington and Allen & Unwin warmly invite you to a lunchtime author event with Mike Chunn discussing his memoir 'A Sharp Left Turn: Notes on a life in music, from Split Enz to Play It Strange' with Radio NZ’s Bryan Crump. All welcome.

Closed to Public

Find Your Way Forward II with Elizabeth Knox

Whether you are writing short fiction, a novel, or a work of creative non-fiction there is always a way in which your story will want best to be told.
Acclaimed New Zealand author Elizabeth Knox (The Vintner's Luck), will support you to find a clear direction for your story - and, along the way, you'll learn to become a shrewder, more flexible, confident and daring storyteller.

Paint n’ Pen: Free Creative Writing Workshop - 13 Oct

Write a short story, a poem or some lyrics inspired by Christchurch's rich street art and get published! We are offering a series of workshops plus guided tour to work on your ideas. Open to writers, budding and established, of all ages.

BWB Talk: The New Zealand Wars | Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa

Join acclaimed historian Vincent O’Malley in Dunedin for a public talk on the New Zealand Wars.

BWB Talk: Rebuilding the Kāinga

Author and architectural designer Jade Kake talks with Jess Berentson-Shaw about the resurgence of contemporary papakāinga – and her vision for the future.

Book Launch | The Burning River by Lawrence Patchett

Unity Books Wellington and Victoria University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of The Burning River by Lawrence Patchett. All welcome.

BWB Talk: The Dark Island

Join author Benjamin Kingsbury in Christchurch in conversation with Sally Blundell (chair) to celebrate the launch of his new book, The Dark Island: Leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island Colony.

Owls Do Cry - Auckland

The first ever theatre production of New Zealand’s first great novel. Red Leap brings the delight of reading to life, bringing their signature devising styles to beloved author Janet Frame

Book Launch | Females In The Frame: Women, Art, And Crime by Penelope Jackson

Unity Books Wellington and The New Zealand Art Crime Research Trust warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Females In The Frame: Women, Art, And Crime' by Penelope Jackson.
All welcome.

Listening to the Waves: part 1

A two-day workshop with Lynn Jenner which looks at tuning in to the sound and rhythm of your sentences and paragraphs.

This listing is for the first workshop. See the separate listing for the second part, which will be held on November 2.

Letter to a Weta Picture Book Launch

Meet the author and artist!

Meet Lee Kimber and Matt Kambic and purchase one of the first copies of this wonderful new book!

Paint n’ Pen: Free Creative Writing Workshop - 20 Oct

Write a short story, a poem or some lyrics inspired by Christchurch's rich street art and get published! We are offering a series of workshops plus guided tour to work on your ideas. Open to writers, budding and established, of all ages.

Book Launch | Social Media by Mary Macpherson

Unity Books Wellington, Mary Macpherson and The Cuba Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of 'Social Media' by Mary Macpherson with readings by The Meow Gurrrls. All welcome.

Hindsight by Mandy Hager BOOK LAUNCH

Mandy Hager launches this non-fiction book, looking at four pivotal events in NZ history and how it affected our social evolution.
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Flow Generation. A Survival Guide for our unpredictable lives

FREE EVENT: "Flow Generation. A Survival Guide for our unpredictable lives."
by Vera Sprothen and Nicoló Andreula

2019 Wham Bam Author Jam

Wham Bam Author Jam is a charity book signing event, showcasing authors from New Zealand and Australia.

Lunchtime Author Event | Peter Simpson & Jill Trevelyan discuss Colin McCahon

Unity Books Wellington & Auckland University Press warmly invite you to a lunchtime author event with
PETER SIMPSON
in conversation with curator, reviewer and author Jill Trevelyan about
'Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction, Vol. I 1919–1959'.

Lunchtime Author Event | Peter Simpson & Jill Trevelyan discuss Colin McCahon

Unity Books Wellington & Auckland University Press warmly invite you to a lunchtime author event with
PETER SIMPSON
in conversation with curator, reviewer and author Jill Trevelyan about
'Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction, Vol. I 1919–1959'.

BWB Talk: Rebuilding the Kāinga (Whangārei)

Author Jade Kake is joined by Aroha Shelford, Eamon Nathan, Wiki Walker and Brandon Edwards at Whangārei Terenga Parāoa Marae for a discussion of her new book Rebuilding the Kāinga: Lessons from Te Ao Hurihuri.

The Hallowe'en launch of "The Uncomfortable Glass Slippers"

Join in the spooky fun to celebrate the launch of The Uncomfortable Glass Slippers! There will definitely be treats if you come dressed up, as well as games, awesome books for sale and