WRITING FAMILY HISTORY
9:00am – 1:00pm: THE COACH HOUSE MUSEUM
Are you keen to dig into your family’s history and write something up before it’s too late?
Do family secrets and legends seem an intriguing topic for a book? This session offers insights into approaches to writing family history, and the potential for a writer’s own personal journey of discovery as the individual stories of their families unfold, as well as practical information about accessing research resources.
Chaired by Adele Broadbent.
This session will be in two parts, divided by morning tea.
1.9:00am – 10:30am: Genealogist, Julie MacDonald is passionate about writing family stories; author Peter Wells will talk about his book Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pakeha History.
2.10:45am – 1:00pm: Pip Desmond tells how she incorporated family history into her memoir Song for Rosaleen; Bill Carter talks about the issues involved with researching Maori family history; NZDF research experts, Cheryl Pointon (Archives and Medals),
and Lucy Alabaster will discuss military records.
(Coach House cash counter morning tea and sandwich lunch available.)
THE FAMILY HISTORY NETWORK PROJECT
1:30 – 2:30pm: THE COACH HOUSE MUSEUM
Visiting genealogist Julie MacDonald (NZSG) talks about her work setting up a nationwide network of supportive writers’ groups dedicated to using genealogical research and family histories to write complete stories, or manuscripts for future generations to treasure.
NOVELS SET IN SMALL TOWN NZ
9:30 – 10:30am: FEILDING LIBRARY
Novelist Tina Shaw says NZ’s small towns are potentially great settings for novels.
There’s a perception that small town settings have to be set in America, and it simply isn’t true.
New Zealand has some great backdrops for successful novels.
‘PLEASE, READ MY SCRIPT…’
10:00 – 11:30am: FEILDING LITTLE THEATRE
(Limited to six people, one script each.)
Credible dialogue makes a play. This workshop offers aspiring playwrights a chance to hear actors read excerpts from their original scripts, and listen for whether dialogue rings true.
If your play is a mere germ of an idea, this session may steer you toward inspiration. Chaired by Antoinette Scroggins, writers can ask questions and get some helpful feedback.
So, dust off that play you’re writing…(Playwrights, please prepare
a 12-line synopsis of your play beforehand.)
GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMICS.
11:00am – 12:20pm: FEILDING LIBRARY
Barbara Postema, Sarah Laing and Dylan Horrocks talk about their work and discuss NZ comics as a genre, and whether they contribute to literature.
DELIVERING THE POEM
12:00 – 1:30pm: FEILDING LITTLE THEATRE
Actor and poet, Sebastian Hales presents a ‘find your voice’ workshop to help poets and spoken-word performers to effectively use that powerful instrument, the voice – addressing Pace, breathing, and confidence.
Great for those who want more confidence or would like to know how to use their voice to better effect.
12:30 – 1:30pm: FEILDING LIBRARY LUNCH BREAK
STEAMPUNK, MYSTERY AND MAGIC
– AN AWARD-WINNING COMBINATION
1:30 – 2: 45pm: FEILDING LIBRARY
Steampunk is sweeping the nation! In this session, aficionado, bookseller and author Gareth Ward will talk about his multi-award winning novel, The Traitor and the Thief and what it took to get to where he is today as an author.
He will take questions about this popular genre, and on writing Steampunk.
WRITING EROTICA WITH ELEGANCE
1:00 – 2:45pm: AMAYJEN FUNCTION ROOM
(Limited to 16 people)
Writers (and readers) often wonder where the line is drawn between writing that involves scenes of erotic sensuality,
and pulp pornography.
This workshop, presented by author Stephanie Johnson looks at the difference between portraying sensuality and sexual activity,
in this session on writing erotica with elegance.
HAVE-A-GO POETRY OPEN MIC INDOOR PICNIC
1:30 – 2:15pm: FEILDING LITTLE THEATRE
Pack your lunch and poetry! Bring your poetry, lunch, and enthusiasm for this indoor open mic session while you eat.
A great opportunity to air a new poem, or try a new way of performing spoken word, with an appreciative audience,
while you wait for the next festival session.
WHAT MAKES A POEM GOOD?
2:30 – 3:45 pm: FEILDING LITTLE THEATRE
Is poetry so subjective that ‘good’ or ‘bad’ doesn’t come into it? Who judges? How can it be measured? Dr Jack Ross, editor of NZ Poetry Yearbook and other poetry anthologies, will throw some light on the issue, or light a fire under the topic…
A NZ FANTASY/SCI-FI WRITER – AN INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS!
4:00 – 5:30pm: FEILDING LITTLE THEATRE
Successful fantasy, science fiction and mystery writer
Lyn McConchie has been pouring out one novel after another for US publishers and the international market for decades.
Her fascinating story is filled with clues for success.
IS MY MANUSCRIPT READY?
3:00 – 4:00pm: FEILDING LIBRARY
Should your manuscript get a health check before publishing?
Literary assessor Norman Bilbrough explains the difference between a literary assessor and an editor, and how a literary assessor can help develop your work so it’s ready to be presented to a publishing company or an agent.
‘GO GIRL’ – BARBARA ELSE
4:00 – 5:00pm: FEILDING LIBRARY
Barbara Else’s book, ‘Go Girl – A Storybook of Epic NZ Women’, is a bestseller.
In this session, Barbara talks about the extraordinary women featured in Go Girl, and the processes behind bringing her concept to life in this popular book.
As one reviewer said, ‘This is a book that should be on the bedside table of every Kiwi girl, from age seven to one hundred and seven.’
WHAT FREELANCE EDITORS DO
4:00 – 5:00pm: FEILDING LIBRARY
Lesley Marshall has been critiquing and editing fiction and
non-fiction for more than twenty-five years.
The point of editing to make sure that readers enjoy the writing we’ve created.
Lesley says that while she looks out for typos and spelling mistakes, punctuation, errors in grammar and clumsy sentences, she takes note of the author’s style and individual voice.
NZ CRIME FICTION –
‘From Murder Most Foul – to Contemporary NZ Crime Fiction’
7:30pm: FEILDING LITTLE THEATRE
Acclaimed author Joanne Drayton is joined by crime fiction writers Tina Clough, Paul Thomas and Nikki Crutchley, along with YA thriller novelist Tina Shaw, to discuss the popularity of NZ Crime Fiction, from world acclaimed New Zealand author,
Dame Ngaio Marsh, to the evolution of NZ contemporary crime fiction. Ready to answer research questions will be
Professor Chris Gallavin and a forensic pathologist.
Chaired by Jenny Lawn.
This will be an intriguing evening for readers of the genre and upcoming crime writers – with readings, performance and lively discussion, as well as opportunities for audience questions.