Here’s where you’ll find key information about the Words Will Work South Auckland Writers Festival.

Don’t forget to put the dates in your diary:

27 July 2019

Crafting Compelling Characters with Lizzi Treymane
Writing Successful Nonfiction with Richard Webster
Self-Publishing 101 with the SPA Girls
World Building Panel discussion with Lee Murray, Mark Johnson, Jamie Sands, Phillip Simpson and compère Andrea Jutson
Franklin Writers Flash Fiction Competition Results
Soup, Scones and Stories with Rosetta Allan, Josie Laird, Anne Kennedy and more

Saturday 27 July 2019

Tip: You can click on the purple plus sign on the right side of each workshop to learn more.

There are two options for the morning session 10 AM – 12 PM



10:00AM – 12:00PM


Crafting Compelling Characters (Morning Workshop Option 1)

Workshop with Lizzi Tremayne

Learn how to create characters your readers will love with award-winning author Lizzi Tremayne, who writes historical and contemporary suspense, women’s, YA, and veterinary fiction.

Lizzi grew up riding wild in the Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods, became an equine veterinarian at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and practiced in the Gold and Pony Express Country of California before emigrating to New Zealand. She is the proud mother of two boys in that sea of green. When she’s not writing, she’s swinging a rapier or shooting a bow in medieval garb, riding or driving a carriage, playing in the garden on her hobby farm, singing, cooking, being an equine veterinarian or high school science teacher. She is multiply published and awarded in special interest magazines and veterinary periodicals.

With her debut novel, A Long Trail Rolling, she was Finalist 2013 RWNZ Great Beginnings; Winner 2014 RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award for the unpublished full manuscript; Winner 2015 RWNZ Koru Award for Best First Novel and third in Koru Long Novel section; and finalist in the 2015 Best Indie Book Award.

Lizzi’s two current series are: The Long Trails saga of Historical Suspense / Women’s Fiction novels and the Once Upon a Vet School series of 14 semi-autobiographical, age-relative works of Contemporary Women’s Fiction / Autobiographies.

Session tickets available as part of a Full Day Pass ($64.78) – Choose “Full Day Pass with Crafting Compelling Characters Morning Workshop Option” or as an individual session ( $29.90).

Prices inclusive of Eventbrite fees. 



10:00AM – 12:00PM


Writing Successful Nonfiction (Morning Workshop Option 2)

Workshop with Richard Webster

Learn tips to write nonfiction that sells with Richard Webster, whose books have been translated into thirty-one languages and have sold more than thirteen million copies around the world.

Richard’s writing career began with a small newspaper that he wrote and sold to his neighbours when he was ten-years-old. He had ten subscribers and made a penny from each copy sold. He had to discontinue the newspaper after two years, as it was affecting his schoolwork.

At about the same time, he attended a talk at his local library by Ronald Syme, a writer of adventure books for boys. He was too shy to ask any questions afterwards, but wrote him a fan letter afterwards. Ronald Syme replied, and Richard’s parents invited him for dinner. During the evening he talked about how he wrote his books on tramp steamers while heading to exotic destinations. By the end of the evening, Richard couldn’t imagine any career other than writing. At the end of the evening, Ronald Syme told Richard to contact him when he was twenty-one if he still wanted to be a writer. Richard did, and received a charming letter back telling him not to do it, as it was too hard. However, it was too late.

When he left school, Richard spent several years in publishing, including two years in the UK. During that time, he met many authors, including Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Helen McInnes, Alistair MacLean, and even Dr. Seuss. They all encouraged Richard’s writing aspirations.

At the end of this time, Richard had learned how hard it was to make a career out of writing. He spent several years owning and running a variety of small businesses, and became a magician and stage hypnotist.

One Sunday morning in the early 1990s, Richard woke up with a thought in his head: “What if I wake up at 65 and haven’t done it?” He knew this was his writing career. He gave himself five years to make more money from writing than the other things he was doing. It took exactly five years, and Richard has been a fulltime writer ever since.


Session tickets available as part of a Full Day Pass ($64.78) – Choose “Full Day Pass with Writing Successful Nonfiction Morning Workshop Option” or as an individual session ( $29.90).

Prices inclusive of Eventbrite fees. 



1:00PM – 2:45PM


Self-Publishing 101 

Workshop with the SPA Girls

Learn the basics of self-publishing – how you can publish and sell your books internationally through e-books and print-on-demand with the SPA Girls (SPA = Self Publishing Authors).

Do you want to self-publish, but don’t know how to start?

Join New Zealand’s famed SPA Girls* Show Hosts (Self Publishing Authors Podcast) – Wendy Vella, Cheryl Phipps, Trudi Jaye and Shar Barratt – who will guide you through the steps you need to take to get your finished manuscript from polished to published.

Self-publishing for a global market has never been easier and the SPA Girls have been working fulltime publishing commercial adult fiction for many years.

In this 90-minute workshop, they’ll cover:

  • Pre-production preparation including finding an editor, choosing the right cover, writing a compelling book blurb, identifying your right readers
  • Formatting your book for publishing in all ebook and print formats
  • Publishing your book to a global audience on key retail sites including Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Barnes & Noble.
  • Simple marketing strategies you can use to build your author platform and find readers.

The SPA girls are Cheryl Phipps, Wendy Vella, Trudi Jaye and Shar Barratt. Together, they host one of the most popular self-publishing podcasts worldwide, The SPA Girls Podcast, that features an honest, raw and often hilarious take on their own self-publishing adventures.


Session tickets available as part of a Full Day Pass ( $64.78), Afternoon Pass ( $49.80) or as an individual session ( $29.90).

Prices inclusive of Eventbrite fees. 



3:00PM – 4:00PM


World Building

Panel Discussion

Learn how to build immersive, interesting, and believable settings, whatever your genre, with our panel of authors: Lee Murray, Mark Johnson, Jamie Sands, and Phillip W. Simpson and compère Andrea Jutson.

Our panel members have written novels in the following genres: Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction Adventure, Space Opera, Military Thriller, Supernatural Crime Noir, Cosy Mystery, Crime, Horror, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Romantic Comedy.


Session tickets available as part of a Full Day Pass ($64.78), Afternoon Pass ($49.80) or as an individual session ( Full Price $22.52).

Prices inclusive of Eventbrite fees. 



4:15PM – 4:45PM


Franklin Flash Fiction Contest Results


Find out the results of the Franklin Writers Flash Fiction competition – and listen to some of the winning entries.

This National Competition is hosted by the Franklin Writers Group. Final date for entries is Sunday 30th June, 2019. For more information about the competition, visit the Franklin Writers Group website.


Session tickets are available as part of a Full Day Pass (Full Price $64.78), Afternoon Pass ($49.80) or you can register for a free ticket to attend this part of the day at no cost.

Prices inclusive of Eventbrite fees.



5:00PM – 6:15PM


Setting the Scene: Soup, Scones, and Stories

Readings and refreshments

Hear fresh fiction read by local writers while enjoying soup and scones. A wonderful way to warm your writer’s soul on a winter’s evening!

Authors include:
Rosetta Allan reading from The Unreliable People

Josie Laird reading from All About Kate

Anne Kennedy reading from The Ice Shelf

Dione Jones reading from The Alexandrite

Alana Bolton Cooke reading from A Splendid Sin


Session tickets available as part of a Full Day Pass ( $64.78), Afternoon Pass ( $49.80) or as an individual session ($5.93).

Prices inclusive of Eventbrite fees. Early Bird Sale ends Sunday 30th June 11:30pm. 


We hope to see you at the Words Will Work - South Auckland Writers Festival: Saturday 27 July, 2019

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

Tickets from Eventbrite

  • Early Bird ticket sale ends 30 June 2019
  • Full price ticket sale ends 26 July 2019
  • Door-sales during the festival are cash or card (EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard). Allow time to be directed to our administration desk at Nathan Homestead
  • 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

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