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Thank you to all the members who have bought tickets to NWF, our membership has really engaged with the event and with you guys there - well let's face it - it's going to be a fantastic weekend. I'm looking forward to meeting many members for the first time. Further down in today's bulletin we have singled out the international guests and their sessions as these are the speakers that you may never get a second opportunity to get up close and personal with.

If you can't make it to the NWF and you are in the Auckland region, come along to the Janet Frame Memorial Lecture at Auckland Central Library 5pm Friday 16 September. Our President Kyle Mewburn and National Council members Anna Mackenzie, Philippa Werry, Vanda Symon and Tui Allen will be there. Gordon McLauchlan will introduce President of Honour Joan Rosier-Jones who is addressing the subject Authors, an Endangered Species. We warmly welcome everyone to stay after the lecture to enjoy an hour of drinks and nibbles. This is a free event.

Jackie & Claire

Janet Frame Memorial Lecture next Friday

When: Friday 16 September, 5pm lecture, 6-7pm drinks
Where: Auckland Central City Library, Whare Wananga
Cost: Free

In association with the NZ Society of Authors (NZSA), Auckland Central City Library is proud to host the Janet Frame Memorial Lecture, ‘Authors, an Endangered Species: Changes in copyright and contracts,’ delivered by 2016-2017 NZSA President of Honour and distinguished author, Joan Rosier-Jones. Stay after the lecture for a complimentary drink with fellow writers.

Joan Rosier-Jones is a novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer. She began her working life as a school teacher before embarking on a career as a full-time writer. Joan has written two how-to books, So You Want to Write and Writing Your Family History through her work as a creative writing tutor. She was appointed NZSA President of Honour in June this year.

Previous Presidents of Honour include Janet Frame, Frank Sargeson, Maurice Gee, Margaret Mahy, Dame Fiona Kidman, Philip Temple and Joy Cowley.

Paul Cleave Wins Third Ngaio Marsh Award

Paul Cleave and Ray Berard were announced as the winners of the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards at the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival last Saturday night. 

From a shortlist of five Trust No One (Upstart Press), described by the judges as “a stunningly audacious novel that functions as a literary hall of mirrors”, picked up the top prize earning Cleave his third Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Cleave is the only author to win the award more than once; his previous wins were in 2011 and 2015. More

NZ Author seeks new editor, starting 2017

We seek an editor to plan, coordinate, and edit NZ Author, our quarterly magazine. Experience preferred although we will consider someone with transferable skills. This is a contract position. If you are interested in the contract please email for a full description of the role and details about how to apply.

Although applicants do not need to be Auckland based, preference will be given to applicants who are able to attend one planning meeting each issue, in Auckland, with the CEO.

University of Waikato / Creative New Zealand
Writer in Residence 2017

The University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months from January.  The salary on offer is $52,000 jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.  The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and writers of serious non-fiction.  The appointment will be made on the basis of a proven record of publications of high quality.
The Writer is required to live in Hamilton during the tenure of the award.  There are no teaching or lecturing duties attached to the award, the sole purpose is to give the Writer the freedom to write.  It is expected the Writer will participate in the cultural life of the University.  The Writer will be able to make use of the Michael King Writers’ Retreat in Opoutere for a period of up to two weeks (market value $3,000).
Enquiries can be made to Dr Mark Houlahan, telephone 07 838 4466 extension 9189 email:
Closing date: 30 September 2016
Vacancy number: 360229
For more information and to apply, visit
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Thirty Week Fiction / Memoir Course at The Creative Hub, Auckland’s Downtown Writing Centre

Our next 30 Week Fiction / Memoir Course begins on 27th  Sept 2016. Society of Authors members receive a 10% discount. The course is in its sixth year, and features many of NZ’s leading writers and editors as workshop leaders and mentors, including Tessa Duder, Geoff Walker, Roger Hall, Owen Marshall, Elisabeth Smither and Judith White. Students receive one-on-one mentoring over the summer with an established Kiwi writer. Graduates regularly report that the most valuable aspect of the course is the close support of a group of like-minded start out writers. Many graduate groups go on meeting for years after the end of the course, so you get several years support for the price of one! Twenty graduates of our 30 week fiction / memoir courses have gone on to publish novels or win prizes in national writing awards in the last three years.
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International guests

The National Writers Forum is just one week away and we're looking forward to welcoming our international guests. 
Chris Cleave, internationally acclaimed author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Incendiary and The Other Hand (a.k.a. Little Bee, number one on The New York Times Best Seller list) travels from the United Kingdom to deliver the keynote address The Clocks are Striking Thirteen and a masterclass delving into the craft of conveying the psychology of society through your characters.

Stephen Daisley is an award winning kiwi author living in Western Australia and Mandy Brett is senior editor at Text Publishing in AustraliaMandy is Stephen's editor and in the session Making an Award Winner the pair talk about the relationship between writer and publisher, author and editor and share the journey of Coming Rain the book that won the most prestigious prize at the Okham New Zealand Book Awards 2016, the Acorn Foundation Literary Award. Be inspired - Stephen did not write his first book Traitor until he was in his 50's. Traitor won the Australian Prime Ministers Literary Award for Fiction.

Malcolm Neil is the Director of Content for Rakuten Kobo Inc. He is a former CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association, sits on the board of the Overland Journal and Monash University Publishing and is a founding board member of Australia’s Small Press Network and the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance. He will talk about opportunities for New Zealand writers in Australia in Support Sustain Survive and how to use the Kobo platform in Publishing 101.

Scott Pack, UK-based publisher, writer and entrepreneur shares his ideas on the future of publishing and how New Zealand writers can expand their market. Earlier this year Scott delivered a masterclass for The Guardian How to pitch your book to publishers so he is also primed to chair the Pitch Perfect session with Melanie Laville-Moore (Allen & Unwin), Duncan Greive (The Spinoff), Kevin Chapman (Upstart Press) and Harriet Allen (Penguin Random House).

Kate Pullinger is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University. Should you think about how your writing reads on a smart phone, or the notion of 'unprintable books'? Kate will answer these questions when she talks about her digital writing practice and how it contrasts with the process of writing a ‘traditional’ novel.  The session will also talk about how writers need to innovate in order to ensure literature carves out a space in a world saturated with vibrant visual media.

Michael Wolfe travels from San Francisco where he is the Executive Director of Authors Alliance, a U.S.-based authors organisation that provides advocacy and support for authors interested in ensuring their works reach the broadest possible audiences and are preserved for long-term accessibility and impact. Michael will explain Creative Commons and share in the conversation about publishing agreements and authors’ rights in the Copyright and Contracts session.

Top New Zealand authors including Patricia Grace, Nalini Singh, Ben SandersPaula Morris, Kyle Mewburn and Greg McGee are among the 44 talented and outstanding writers and industry experts who are joining in the first NWF. Be there!

Dates/times: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September. Registration opens 8am and the first session is 9am sharp. 
Tickets from iTicket

Writing New Zealand:
People, Politics, Place

A residential workshop for active writers
Vaughan Park, Long Bay, Auckland
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016
Aotearoa inspires powerful writing in all genres – the works inspired by our land and its people continue to shape and inform our nation. Delegates will be treated to a range of our finest writers who will share why New Zealand-inspired content matters.
The workshop is held at the beautiful Vaughan Park retreat over two stimulating days. The programme has been designed for experienced writers to hone their craft in a high-level intensive symposium style seminar.
Applications close on 15 September. Places are limited. For programme details and application form, please visit our web site or email:
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Historic change to PEN Charter

PEN New Zealand is supporting a proposed resolution to make a historic amendment to the PEN International Charter. Here it is:

We, South African PEN Centre and Mexico PEN Centre, propose a change in the Charter of PEN International in paragraph 3 where it states:
Members of PEN should at all times…pledge themselves to do their utmost to dispel race, class and national hatreds, and to champion the ideal of one humanity living in peace in one world.”
to the following:
“…pledge themselves to do their utmost to dispel race, class, religious, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and national hatreds, and to champion the ideal of one humanity living in peace in one world.”

PEN's President Jennifer Clement wrote to us and in that letter stated "Today, after almost one hundred years, I believe our Charter would be stronger if it included gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity and religion. This reflects the work PEN is already doing, for example through PEN/Outwrite, or the amazing work of many of our centres driving forward gender equality and combatting prejudice. PEN cannot stand silent as women are censored through violence, as freedom of religion and belief are attacked and while writing about the person you are and the person you love can place you in jail or get you killed. This is something we’ve all fought for throughout our history, and we’re excited to see these changes embodied by our Charter.  It is time - past time - to amend our charter to be more inclusive and to reflect our work and belief that every story must have the freedom to be told."

For further information on PEN or any issues or concerns raised above please contact Dana Wensley, PEN Representative for NZ at

Clippings from the Internet

Alan Moore confirms he is retiring from creating comic books

After writing some of most famous and critically acclaimed comic books of all time, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Alan Moore has confirmed that he is retiring from the medium.
At a press conference in London for his latest work, Jerusalem, a weighty novel named after William Blake’s poem exploring the history of Moore’s native Northampton through several lives, Moore said he had “about 250 pages of comics left in me”. More
Extract from article by Sian Cain in the Guardian

Pay-back time for publishers: authors forced to return their advances

This week, it emerged that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith was being sued by his publisher to return his advance. From Julian Assange to Amy Schumer, he isn’t alone...though he’s fallen out spectacularly with his publisher, Seth Grahame-Smith at least has the consolation of joining a stellar club of writers whose deals for much-anticipated books were terminated. More
Extract from article by John Dugdale in the Guardian.

Digital Files

727,000 US Self-Published ISBNs Registered in 2015

The US ISBN agency, Bowker, reports a 21-percent increase in self-published ISBNs—not titles—from 2014 to 2015: another indication of quickly rising interest in indie publishing. More
Extract from report in Publishing Perspectives

Picking a Digital Publishing Format

Q. What is the “best” publishing method for digital books? I don’t want my readership to be limited to users who have Apple devices if I use iBooks Author. Is the .pdf format viable?

A. One major factor in picking the “best” format for publishing your electronic book is finding the format that works best for your book. Depending on where you put your book up for sale, you may also be able to export it into multiple formats to reach the widest audience...More
Extract from Tech Tips in the NY Times

Death by Deadline

12 Live Canon International Poetry Competition 2016. More
12 Creative Communities Arts Funding. More
15 100 West Corsicana 2017 Residencies for Artists & Writers. More

23 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. More
28 Mental Health Media Grants. More
30 University of Waikato / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence 2017. More
30 The William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition. More

1  Call for Poems for NZ edition of Atlanta Review. More
3  Call Out for Feature Film Projects. More
3  The 2016 Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing. More
5  Ockham Book Awards (Sept to Dec 16 publications). More
7  Michael King Writers’ Centre Residencies 2017. More
21 Novel Fair 2017 Application Deadline. More
28 NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants. More
28 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award For Literature. More
28 NZWG Seed Grants Round 3. More
31 Travel And Discretionary Grants For Journalists. More

1  Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017. More
4  Creative New Zealand Quick Response Grant. More

1 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. More
Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition. More



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