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 - Nelson

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

The Final Choice Book Tour - Nelson Daytime Event

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

Annual NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Lecture - 2020 by Paula Morris

The NZSA annual Janet Frame Memorial Lecture is an annual address given each year by the NZSA President of Honour. In 2020-2021 this is Paula Morris. This event traditionally looks at the 'state of the nation' of the literary, writing and publishing scenes.

The Final Choice Book Tour - Nelson 2

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

Poetry Lab

This is a peer-driven workshop for poets of all levels. You will work with other writers to encourage the art of poetry where your peers offer honest, positive and constructive feedback on your work. An ideal setting if you like writing poetry and want to improve your writing skills and develop your ‘voice’ in a supportive environment.

The Final Choice Book Tour - Dargaville

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

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Kyle Mewburn

Otago based author Kyle Mewburn is visiting schools in Canterbury this week.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Philippa Werry

Wellington based author Philippa Werry is visiting schools in Canterbury and Otago this week.

Under the Gun: An Introduction to Crime Fiction

5 sessions every second Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
To register visit https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/cceshortcourses

If you are a fan of the whodunit, interested in crime fiction or wondering what to watch on Netflix next, this introduction to international crime fiction is for you

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Maria Gill

Auckland based author Maria Gill is visiting schools in Whanganui this week ahead of her appearance at the Manawatu Writers Festival.

Going West

Regretfully cancelled, due to Covid; For 25 years, Going West has led the way for readers' and writers' festivals in Aotearoa. Under the forested maunga of Titirangi in west Auckland, we gather most compelling, innovative and diverse group of story tellers that Aotearoa has to offer.

Tales of The Telling Time -Manawatu-Whanganui

Meet Author of The Telling Time Pip McKay

The Final Choice Book Tour - Manukau

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

Virtual Book launch of Vaporbyte by Cat Connor

Come and celebrate the launch of the 12th and final Byte Series novel: Vaporbyte by Cat Connor. This book releases in all digital formats on Sept 10, and as two versions.

Tales of The Telling Time - Wellington

Meet Pip McKay, author of The Telling Time

Manawatū Writers Festival 2020

Manawatu Writers’ Festival is for writers, readers and would-be writers, featuring workshops, talks, readings, panel discussions, seminars and performances on a wide range of topics, presented by top-notch New Zealand authors.

Book launch for The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman

Join author Elissa Brent Weissman to celebrate the NZ release of her new children's novel, The Length of a String.

Closed to Public

Writers in Schools visits by Te Kahu Rolleston

Tauranga based slam poet Te Kahu Rolleston is visiting schools around Te Whanganui a Tara this week for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

The Final Choice Book Tour - Palmerston North Daytime Event

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

The Final Choice Book Tour - Palmerston North Evening Event

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

On the last afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell

Open Tues-Sun, 10am-4:30pm
The first substantial presentation of Joyce Campbell's practice.

Tu Meke Tūī! Live On Stage (Auckland)

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

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