Update at NZ Children’s Book Reviews

I may have been quiet over the past two months but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. The NorthWrite 2012 festival I mentioned in my last posting has consumed most of my time. I am delighted to say, though, that Joanna Orwin’s Sacrifice has not been put to one side – I am still finding time to dip into it and the review and Joanna’s interview will be up in August.

For those of you interested I thought I’d do a short post on the NorthWrite Festival.

The Northland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors, is organising a three-day writing festival for Friday 7 September to Sunday 9 September. Our presenters include: Fifi Colston (illustration/how to run a workshop), Paula Green (poetry), Deborah Challinor (historical fiction), Kyle Mewburn (picture book), Joe Bennett (non-fiction), David Hill (idea generation/diversification), Catherine Arrow (social media and blogging) and Lorraine Steele,  Sarah Gumbley and Rae Roadley (marketing). We also have NZ Society of Authors members Michelle Elvy, Zana Bell, Sian Williams and Kathy Derrick presenting various editing, critiquing and manuscript preparation topics. Registrations open 1 August. Places in some workshops are limited so be in early to secure your spot.


  • For a whole weekend of workshops $100 (individual workshop rates do apply if you only wish to do one or two). Venue – People Potential Campus, Keyte St, Whangarei.
  • Friday night opening dinner with a panel discussion on The Business of Writing $45. Venue – Kingsgate Hotel, Riverside Dr, Whangarei.
  • Saturday night An Evening with Deborah Challinor $20 incl. dessert and coffee. Venue – Kingsgate Hotel, Riverside Dr, Whangarei.

For further information visit our website www.northwrite2012.wordpress.com

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