PROGRAMME and TICKETS 2021

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

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

24 July 2021

Tickets

Tickets for the day are available through EventBrite for early bird price of $50 plus EventBrite fees of $4.08 (or $60 + EventBrite fees after 30th June)

Some sessions will be limited to 15 people (Narrative Poetry and Speculative Fiction) so make sure you get your ticket early to get your pick of workshops/panels.

Saturday 24 July 2021

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 and two options for the afternoon session. 

 

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9:30AM – 11:30AM

NATHAN HOMESTEAD

Narrative Poetry (Morning Workshop Option 1)

Workshop with Anne Kennedy

Narrative poetry tells a story - sometimes long, sometimes short, sometimes direct, sometimes suggested. ('The Magpies', by Denis Glover is an example of a short, direct narrative poem.) This workshop introduces techniques of poetry (voice, tone, language, form) in a way that they can be applied to writing narrative poems.

Anne Kennedy is a fiction writer, poet, and screenplay editor. Her latest book Moth Hour (AUP) was short-listed in the 2020 Ockham Book Awards. The novel, The Ice Shelf (VUP), appeared in 2018. Awards and residencies include the NZ Post Book Award for Poetry, the Montana Book Award for Poetry, the University of Iowa International Writers’ Program, and the IIML Writers’ Residency.

 

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10:00AM – 12:00PM

NATHAN HOMESTEAD

Disquieting times: writing through crisis (Morning Workshop Option 2)

Workshop with Toni Nealie

Using a selection of texts, prompts and timed writing, Toni Nealie will guide writers of all levels to explore unsettling moments.
Toni Nealie is the author of the essay collection The Miles Between Me. She wrote and taught in Chicago, before returning to Aotearoa in time for the pandemic. She was the Literary Editor of Newcity in Chicago and her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Guernica, The Guardian, The Rumpus, The Offing, Essay Daily, Chicago Quarterly Review, Jetfuel Review and elsewhere.
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12:15PM – 1:15PM

NATHAN HOMESTEAD

Soup, Scones and a Story

Readings and refreshments

Hear fresh fiction read by local writers while enjoying soup and scones for lunch (or bring your own lunch, if you prefer). A wonderful way to warm your writer’s soul on a winter’s day! Writers include: Janet Pates, Joan Leitch, Jack Remiel Cottrell, Kirsty Powell, and John Fergusson.

 

 

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1:30PM – 3:00PM

NATHAN HOMESTEAD

Accessing Speculative Narratives (Afternoon Option 1)

Workshop with Lee Murray

Part presentation and part workshop, in this session writers will explore ways in which speculative content can enrich and inform our narratives, with practical exercises and ideas for writers to develop and expand their own writing practice.

Lee Murray is a multi-award-winning author-editor from Aotearoa-New Zealand (Sir Julius Vogel, Australian Shadows), and a five-time Bram Stoker Award®-nominee. Her work includes military thrillers, the Taine McKenna Adventures, supernatural crime-noir series The Path of Ra (with Dan Rabarts), and debut collection Grotesque: Monster Stories. She is proud to have edited sixteen volumes of speculative fiction, including several international award-winning titles. She is co-founder of Young NZ Writers and of the Wright-Murray Residency for Speculative Fiction Writers, HWA Mentor of the Year for 2019, NZSA Honorary Literary Fellow, and Grimshaw Sargeson Fellow for 2021 for her poetry collection Fox Spirit on a Distant Cloud

 

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1:30PM – 3:00PM

NATHAN HOMESTEAD

Respecting Diversity (Afternoon Workshop Option 2)

Panel Discussion with James George, Kiri Piahana-Wong, and Vasanti Unka.

More information coming soon!

 

 

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3:30PM – 4:30PM

NATHAN HOMESTEAD

How to fly in a small space: Flash fiction and short stories

Panel Discussion with Anita Arlov, Jack Remiel Cottrell, and Lee Murray

Flash fiction zings. It conveys universal truths and emotions in a few lean strong lines. And it’s addictive. How does good flash - flying within a page or three - manage to say more by saying less? The panel will discuss what to pack for a flash trip and what to leave behind. Where should we take off from? Where best to land? Why are prompts a common provocation in flash ? How can we imbue our flash with that luminous quality that invites multiple reads? Questions from the floor very welcome.

Anita Arlov writes poems and flash and occasionally judges comps and runs workshops. She hosts the monthly gig Inside.Out Open Mic for Writers. Anita won the Divine Muses Poet Competition in 2017, and convened a team that staged the NZ Poetry Conference & Festival-Auckland 2017. In 2018 she gained first place in NZ’s national flash competition and placed second in the June 2019 Bath Flash Fiction competition. She is widely published in journals and anthologies including Bonsai, Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, Flash Frontier, The Phare, Takahe, Best of Auckland and Eight Poems 2020.

Lee Murray is a multi-award-winning author-editor from Aotearoa-New Zealand (Sir Julius Vogel, Australian Shadows), and a five-time Bram Stoker Award®-nominee. Her work includes military thrillers, the Taine McKenna Adventures, supernatural crime-noir series The Path of Ra (with Dan Rabarts), and debut collection Grotesque: Monster Stories. She is proud to have edited sixteen volumes of speculative fiction, including several international award-winning titles. She is co-founder of Young NZ Writers and of the Wright-Murray Residency for Speculative Fiction Writers, HWA Mentor of the Year for 2019, NZSA Honorary Literary Fellow, and Grimshaw Sargeson Fellow for 2021 for her poetry collection Fox Spirit on a Distant Cloud.

Jack Remiel Cottrell (Ngāti Rangi) is a Wellington-born cryptid who now lurks in central Auckland, surfacing mainly for rugby and cricket.
Jack specialises in writing flash fiction, and received the 2020 Sir James Wallace Prize for his collection of flash and microfiction Ten Acceptable Acts of Arson and other very short stories, which will be published by Canterbury University Press in August.
In the past two years he has been nominated three times for Best Small Fictions, and shortlisted for a Sir Julius Vogel Award. He promises to one day write something longer than 1000 words. No indication of when, however.

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4:30PM – 5:00PM

NATHAN HOMESTEAD

Franklin Flash Fiction Contest results

Celebration

Find out who the winners of the Franklin Flash Fiction contest are and hear some of the winning entries.

 

 

Tickets

Tickets for the day are available through EventBrite for early bird price of $50 plus EventBrite fees of $4.08 (or $60 + EventBrite fees after 30th June)

Some sessions will be limited to 15 people (Narrative Poetry and Speculative Fiction) so make sure you get your ticket early to get your pick of workshops/panels.

We hope to see you at the Words Will Work - South Auckland Writers Festival: Saturday 24 July, 2021

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

Tickets from Eventbrite

  • Early Bird ticket sale ends 30 June 2021
  • Full price ticket sale ends 23 July 2021
  • 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: Full refund, minus eventbrite fees, in case of COVID Level 3 or 4 lockdown.
  • 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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