About Us

Words Will Work, the South Auckland Writers Festival, is a joint effort by the Franklin Writers Group and the South Auckland Writers Group. It is a non-profit event. We are all writers, and though some are more prolific than others, we are all working with words to make this inaugural festival a great one.

Jenny Healey has been writing childrens stories for about ten years. She has published two picture books and was short-listed for the Joy Cowley awards (2013).  She has published a short story for children in Ebook form. Her first novel for middle school children will be published later this year.

Both Franklin and South Auckland writers groups are well established and have a faithful group of supporters who love writing. 

Some of the writers already have books published, some are aiming to be published, and others just enjoy the creativity and are keen to hone their skills with workshops and talks.

The Franklin Group meets weekly at the Franklin centre in Pukekohe. See franklinwritersgroup.weebly.com

The South Auckland Group meets once a month and meetings are free. New members are always welcome. For further details contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Janet Pates is a published writer of fiction and fact for both children and adults. Past winner of the Tom Fitzgibbon Award (Children) and the NZ National Flash Fiction award. Belongs to both Papakura and Franklin Writers groups.

Ronwyn Allen is working on our Facebook page and has a blog which covers aspects of writing and mind maps. Ronwyn is a member of both the South Auckland Writers and the Botany library writers groups. She has stories and poems in a Botany Library Writing Group book on Amazon.

Other behind the scenes organisers are Holly Langley, Dione Jones and Althea Barr who hope to write a ‘tell-all’ best-seller about getting this festival off the ground.

Joan Leitch is close to publishing her first novel under her nom-de-plume Josie Laird. Her second book, written as a NanoWrimo challenge last year, is ready as a follow-up. She belongs to the Franklin Writers Group, NZSA, and the Audacious Authors, a spin off group from her Creative Hub writing course.

We believe writing is a means of self-expression and growth. We offer writing workshops and talks by local authors to inspire other writers to tell their own stories in their own form.

Even if you’ve only written a To-Do list before, this very first South Auckland Writers Festival may be just what you need to hit the ground writing.

The aim of our festival is to provide an event for writers that has a uniquely South Auckland flavour.

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We hope to see you at the Words Will Work - South Auckland Writers Festival.

Tickets for some sessions may sell out prior to the festival. Book now.

  • Early Bird ticket sale ends 30 September 2018
  • Late Bird ticket sale ends 26 October 2018
  • Last Minute tickets where available begins 27 October 2018
  • Door-sales during the festival are cash or card (EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard). Allow time to be directed to our administration desk at the rear of the Metro Theatre
  • Refunds Policy: No Refunds
  • Tickets are e-mailed by Eventbrite, our ticketing agent. You can either display the ticket on your phone, or bring a printed copy. You can optionally access your tickets using the Eventbrite mobile app, or from Eventbrite website www.eventbrite.co.nz

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