Manawatu Writers Festival 8 - 12 September 2017


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The inaugural Manawatu Writers Festival 2017 is coming. For writers and readers from all walks of life. A series of speakers, visiting authors, workshops and more. All events are free with the exception of the opening night ($10 per ticket). Please note some events have limited places and bookings are required. For full details of the Festival including sessions, authors, bookings and more please visit the festival website . Tickets for the opening night are available from the Feilding Library.

Events happening at the Feilding Library are listed on our website - for a full events list, speaker profiles and more see the festival website.

When: 8-12 September 2017

Where: Manawatu District Libraries - Feilding Library will be hosting many of the events while others will be happening at a range of other local locations including Paper Plus Feilding, Homeprint Studio and more.

Website: http://manawatuwritersfestival.co.nz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manawatuwritersfestival

Contact Rachel Dorē to book events with limited places: http://manawatuwritersfestival.co.nz/contact

Please note for events marked Registration Essential you need to contact Rachel Dorē on the link above to book.

 

Events Taking Place at the Feilding Library

Friday 8th September 2017 

PUBLISHING IN NZ TODAY
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Feilding LibraryPanelists have been chosen to represent information for writers, from established publishing houses, boutique publishers to affordable self-publishing options. Nicola Legat, of Massey University Press is joined by local publishers Bettina Anderson & David Lutpon (Haunui Press), and Jill Darragh (Rangitawa Publishing).

 

ASK A PROFESSIONAL EDITOR
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Feilding Library
One of New Zealand’s top professional editors, Nicola Legat speaks about the role an editor plays in getting your manuscript published – and the possibility of successful book sales and great reviews.

 

ON AND OFF THE RECORD – BASIC INTERVIEWING SKILLS
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Feilding Library.
This workshop is an introduction  to interviewing people, to piece together facts and unravel stories. Sam Kilmister.
Limit to 16. Registration essential.

 

Official Festival Opening
Click here for details and to purchase tickets online.

 

Saturday 9th September 2017

CREATING PEOPLE ON THE PAGE
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Feilding LibraryNovelist and short story writer, Owen Marshall presents a seminar concentrating on the importance of characterisation in fiction writing, the sources from which authors draw their characters, and the practical skills by which the characters are revealed to the reader. The session will be partly interactive.
Limited to 16. Registration essential.

 

WRITING IN TE REO MĀORI: PRACTICE, PITFALLS, AND POTENTIALS
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Feilding Library
Dr Darryn Joseph will discuss his writing process, from a kernel of an idea to a published work of fiction. Although he writes in Māori, this presentation will be in English for a wider audience.

 

WRITE INTO LIFE — BRING BACK THE JOY OF WRITING!
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Feilding Library
Join Rachel McAlpine who has weathered five decades of accelerated change in the literary world and survived to tell the tale. Revive your love of writing, clarify or modify your writing goals, understand the problems, and find new reasons to write.
Limted to 16. Registration essential.

 

THE ACCIDENTAL TRAVEL WRITER
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Feilding Library
Workshop with author, travel writer and photographer Nick Allen, looking at capturing an adventure in writing and giving readers a sense of the experience.
Limited to 16. Registration essential.

 

WRITING FOR STAND-UP COMEDY
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Feilding Library 
Comedian and writer Eamonn Marra says everyday life is a mine for comedy! This workshop covers the basics of joke writing and how to construct a standup comedy set.
Limited to 16. Registration essential.

 

CREATIVE NON-FICTION – READINGS FROM THE ‘HOME’ ANTHOLOGY 
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Feilding Library
Thom Conroy explains one of the most popular and beloved forms of creative non-fiction, with readings of personal essays from the recently published anthology ‘Home’ anthology: Thom Conroy, Tina Makereti, Helen Lehndorf, Nick Allen.

 

Monday 11th September 2017

MEMOIR WRITING IN THE CONTEXT OF SOCIAL HISTORY
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Feilding Library Local author, Val Mills discusses how one writer handles memoir writing, and explores the narrator’s relationship with the culture and environment of a specific period.

 

‘EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL’– READINGS FROM CONTRIBUTING WRITERS TO NGATI RAUKAWA ‘TE UKAIPO’ SERIES 
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Feilding Library
Writings voicing the thoughts, experiences and aspirations that reflect the values and culture of Ngati Raukawa women.. Manurere Devonshire, Ema Moore, Oriana Paewai, Ripeka Karatea Goddard (followed by waiata whakamutunga).

 

PUTTING WORDS IN THEIR MOUTHS – WRITING EFFECTIVE DIALOGUE 
12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Feilding Library 
Workshop with author Sue McCauley, examining the function of dialogue; matching speech style to genre; speech as a window to character, and the art of making dialogue more believable than the real thing.
Limited to 16. Registration essential.

 

FACT DRESSED AS FICTION – NOVELS BASED ON FACT 
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Feilding Library
Local author Dave Hayward talks about the latitude and the challenges of maintaining a focus on factual events while writing a riveting novel.

 

PLOTS, PRACTICALITIES, POSSIBILITIES
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Feilding Library 
Author David Hill presents seminar for fiction writers, looking at plot ideas, some writing techniques and some potential markets, and answers questions about the relationship between plot and pace in a novel.

 

SOCIAL HISTORY RESEARCH FOR NOVELISTS AND READERS 
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Feilding Library
Historian, professor Margaret Tennant disusses how vital a knowledge of social history can give readers a sense of context and make stories convincing, and local novelist Tony Chappelle shares the tribulations of writing historical fiction.

 

Tuesday 12 September 2017

ORAL TRADITION – THE WELLSPRING OF WRITTEN STORIES 
10:00 a.m – 11:30am Feilding LibraryEntertaining storyteller Mona Williams honours the tradititon of oral histories and storytelling
In this dynamic trans-generationsl session. Followed by morning tea and chat with Mona.

 

THE WAR STORIES PROJECT
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Feilding Library
Former newspaper reporter, Bobbie Nicholls, and writer, Nick Thomson talk about their work on the ‘War Stories’ project that produced two books, highlighting Manawatu’s commitment to the armed forces in overseas wars and the families that were left behind to carry on.

 

WRITING WAR HISTORY FOR CHILDREN
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Feilding Library
Glyn Harper is Professor of War Studies at Massey University and award winning children’s author. In this Session, he presents key points to consider when writing war history for children, as well as the importance of making difficult narratives accessible for young children.

 

DISCOVER YOUR OWN WRITING STYLE 
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Feilding Library 
In this session, Suraya Dewing introduces The Story Mint, an online community of writers who are committed to developing excellence in writing, whatever their genre, using a combination of automated and personalised tools, including the unique stylecheck™, designed to guide writers to find the perfect pitched voice for the reading audience.

 

FROM PASSION TO PRODUCT 
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Feilding Library 
Award winning author, Carole Brungar has motivational advice for writers: If you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen, despite the roadblocks.

 

WHAT WE WANT TO READ – YOUNG PEOPLE TELL WRITERS WHAT THEY WANT 
7:00pm Feilding Library
A panel of young student readers tell writers, aspiring to write children’s books, just what young people love to read, in a ‘what’s hot and what’s not’ session. Selected students from Ross Intermediate, Feilding Highs School and others, topped by discussion with authors David Hill and Glyn Harper. MC Margaret Kouvelis.

For a full list of events go to: http://manawatuwritersfestival.co.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manawatuwritersfestival