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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Myth and Imagination in Creative Writing - 8 week course

8 week creative writing course at CEC Wellington, held on Tuesday evenings 5.30-7.30 from February 12.
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Launch - Fleur Adcock Collected Poems

Join Unity Books & Victoria University Press for the launch of Fleur Adcock's 'Collected Poems'.

Inside.Out Open Mic For Writers

Inside.Out (est. 2012) at iconic Café one2One in Ponsonby, Auckland, is open mic for writers, with fabulous musician guests each time. Everyone welcome, either to read prose or poetry at the mic (max 6 mins) or come chill as audience. Plus, there are word challenges with random book prizes, free chocolate bars and dozens of free fliers on writer and music events and opportunities to take home with you.

The launch of Brin Murray's CROSSTREES

The astonishing second book in the 'Children of the Furnace' YA series.
“A compelling plot ... great writing.”
“A momentous read that you will never forget.”
Brin was shortlisted for the Mslexia 2017 Novel Prize UK. For more news about Brin’s books go to:

Before the Gale - video reading

Visit the Performance Arcade on the Wellington Waterfront from 9.30pm on February 21-24 to see a video reading of an altered book made and written by author Jess Richards.

"The Nation Waited", the story of the first attempt to fly the Tasman Sea.

"The Nation Waited" is the story of aviators Moncrieff and Hood and their failed attempt to fly the Tasman.
In the late afternoon and evening of a lovely day at the height of summer in 1928, the New Zealand public waited anxiously while two men staked their lives in the first attempt to fly the Tasman Sea. They failed; but their names live on in New Zealand aviation history.

2019 Kāpiti Writers' Retreat

Immerse yourself in writing and conversation this summer at the 2019 Kāpiti Writers' Retreat. There’s something for everyone–whether you’re new to writing, an established writer, or somewhere in-between.

Book Launch | Brandy Scott's 'Not Bad People'

Join Unity Books & HarperCollins Publishers for the launch of Brandy Scott’s new novel 'NOT BAD PEOPLE'.