Bay authors take part in a day of writing workshops

Hawke’s Bay author Aaron Topp is part of the special day of workshops in Napier on Saturday August 20. Photo / Provided

Most people have heard the phrase “everyone has a book in them”.

If you think this applies to you, the Ahuriri Roadshow is your chance to do something about it.

Run by the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc), Ahuriri Roadshow is a series of professional development workshops available to all writers – beginners or experienced – covering both fiction and non-fiction.

Hawke’s Bay fiction writers Aaron Topp and Shelley Burne-Field are part of a special day of workshops in Napier on Saturday August 20, featuring writers from across New Zealand.

The event, held at the Napier Sailing Club and organized in partnership with the local branch of the NZSA, will cover the art of writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short story writing, publishing and writing, publishing, marketing and application activities. for grants.

Topp will host a session called “YA is dead, long live YA”. Her most recent novel Nor’east Swell published this year by One Tree House is the story of teenager Witi, and was a top 10 bestseller on the New Zealand Children’s and Teenagers list.

Topp’s debut book Single Fin won numerous awards while a 2015 mountain biking novel Hucking Cody: A Tale of Betrayal, Jealousy, Brotherly Love and Freeriding was a finalist for the 2016 Young Adult Fiction Award at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

He also wrote Creating Waves: How Surfing Inspires our most Creative New Zealanders, an exploration of the relationship between the role of surfing and the sea in the creative lives of a selection of musicians, painters, sculptors, poets and other writers from foreground.

Burne-Field (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Rārua, Sāmoa, Pākehā) will co-lead a session on short story writing. Her short story Speaking in Tongues was New Zealand’s only shortlisted finalist for the Commonwealth Prize in 2022 and another, Pinching Out Dahlias, is the most read short story published on Reading Room to date.

She will share her session with John Prins; both have an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland (2020), and for an hour and a half they will help you edit your current short story into the best version of itself.

Other sessions held throughout the day, with lunch provided, include a masterclass on 3D character creation with Wellington novelist and lawyer Brannavan Gnanalingam, and poetry workshops with Rob Hack, who, among many numerous roles, leads creative writing workshops at Te Ara Korowai, a mental health wellness center in Raumati Beach; The Business of Being a Writer with Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod and Tell It Slant; Mixing and merging reality and fiction with Wellington novelist Tracy Farr.

Writers Anna Mackenzie of Hawke’s Bay and Mikaela Nyman of Taranaki will participate in a discussion titled Getting Through the Hoops on applying for funding and grants and chaired by Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod.

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