Writing with a disability – an open letter.

Eleven years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), it’s a disease with almost as many names as it has symptoms (recently reclassified as SEID). About a year ago they added Fibromyalgia to my list and six months ago I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and a labral tear in my right hip that…

Pitch mad

Think you can pitch your compleated manuscript in 140 characters or less? That’s the premise of #pitmad a quarterly event that starts again on Thursday 4th June. For those of us in the Southern hemisphere, that’s tomorrow. I’m not sure if that means we get a jump on other authors or we’ll be lost in the…

GoodReads Best Books of 2014

With 3,317,504 votes cast by readers, this list is sure to have a few undiscovered delights. Many of my own favorites of 2014 are well represented including the Science Fiction winner, The Martian, written by Andy Weir, tells the story of astronaut Mark Watney, one of the first people to walk on Mars and certain he he’ll be the…

Ever wanted to write for children? Joy Cowley shares her top tips

Over the years, I’ve seen literally thousands of stories for children written by aspiring writers. While many showed promise, most had the same weakness: the authors didn’t know their audience. The stories had been written for a range of subjective reasons: the authors had values messages they wanted children to read; the authors liked a…

An Image is Worth . . . A LOT – The Fictorians

Ever wondered if it was ok to use an image you found on Google for your blog? I like to use images for writing prompts and I’ve posted a few here in the past as image prompts, I’m now wondering how ethical that was. Give this article a read and judge for yourself. Source: An…

Auckland Writers Festival 2015

Auckland Writers Festival 2015 begins tomorrow, 13th May, till 17 May at the Aotea Centre. Headlining this year will be the reclusive contemporary writer, Haruki Murakami. Murakami’ is a Japanese author who’s works have been translated into 50 languages and garnered several awards including the 2006 World Fantasy Award (best novel) for Kafka on the Shore. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate of…

Learn to write with William S Burroughs

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about finding interviews from famous authors on writing and storing them in one, easily accessible place. Well, this week the wonderful Cory Doctorow posted an article on Boing Boing that included the youtube recordings of a series of lectures on creative writing (or reading) delivered by William S Burroughs. In 1979,…

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NZ Post Book Awards Submissions 2014

Entries are open for the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Please review the submissions document below for information about the awards, eligibility criteria, and terms and conditions. The entry deadlines are: 1 Nov 2013 for books published 1 Jun 2013 – 30 Nov 2013 1 Apr 2014 for books published 1 Dec 2013 – 31…

About the New Zealand Post Book Awards

The New Zealand Post Book Awards celebrate excellence, identifying the very best books written by New Zealanders. THE AWARDS Books are judged in four main categories: Poetry Fiction Illustrated Non-fiction, and General Non-fiction. A finalist list of 16 will be comprised of: four finalists for each category. One Book of the Year will be chosen…

About NZ Book Month

New Zealand Book Month is a non-profit initiative promoting books and reading – and as a result, literacy – in New Zealand. One month each year we celebrate books and encourage all Kiwis to get involved. The next New Zealand Book Month is planned for August 2014. The clear goal of New Zealand Book Month…

NZ Book Month is moving

Apparently March is not the perfect time to celebrate books in New Zealand, and so, NZ Book Month has been moved to August in 2014. This will allow organisers to collaborate and connect with other book related events during the middle of the year. “We need to build on the successful book months of previous…