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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Paint n' Pen: Free Creative Writing Workshop

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.

Swapna Haddow: Telling Tales (Kidsfest)

Free event for KidsFest! Come and meet award-winning UK author Swapna Haddow and hear her talk about her brand new book Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!). Come along and ask questions and find out what it takes to be an author.

KidsFest Workshop: Green Elephants and Purple Oceans with Swapna Haddow

Calling all budding young authors! Have you ever wanted to write a story? Are you interested in starting out as an author? Unleash your inner writer in this interactive workshop with award-winning author, Swapna Haddow, where you will learn about creativity, editing and writing your very own stories.

Amundsen’s Way (KidsFest)

Roald Amundsen – hero or villain? Amundsen’s South Polar conquest is an extraordinary tale that combines risk, intrigue and adventure. In this free event for KidsFest, come and meet author Joanna Grochowicz as she recounts the gripping tale of the great Norwegian explorer’s courage, determination and ruthlessness in the race to the South Pole.

KidsFest Workshop: Writing the Past with Joanna Grochowicz

Do you love history, horrible or nice? How do you write a story based on real life events? In this KidsFest workshop with author Joanna Grochowicz, you’ll come to grips with the elements necessary to create stories based on your favourite well-known moments in history.

There’s Something Dark in the Water!

As part of KidsFest, come along to an interactive book launch for Ringlet and the Day the Oceans Stopped presented by author Felicity Williams and her shoal of merkid helpers. Step into a sparkling interactive underwater world created by set designer Julian Southgate and Canvas Bag Drama School.