Wednesday, November 24, 2010

National Hui for Writers and Illustrators being held in Auckland next April

1st April – 3rd April 2011. Kings School, Remuera, Auckland

Calling all New Zealand's published and aspiring writers and illustrators for children and young adults.

IT’S TIME TO REGISTER for this once-in-every-two-year opportunity! BOOK NOW and be in for a fabulous weekend. Read on, or visit for the full programme.

Your community comes together in Auckland for a hui on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April 2011, to enjoy fellowship and entertainment, to learn from each other and exchange useful information.

Among the fantastic speakers confirmed so far are David Hill, Kyle Mewburn, Anna Mackenzie, Lynley Dodd, Tania Roxborogh, William Taylor, Fleur Beale, Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira, Sarah Anderson, David Elliot, Fifi Colston, Gavin Bishop, Tessa Duder and Dylan Horrocks.

For writers or illustrators wanting to pitch an idea to publishers or just meet and learn from them, leading publishers feature during the weekend. Confirmed publishers include Scholastic, HarperCollins, Learning Media, Random House and David Ling.

Also contributing are industry specialists such as Maggie Tarver (NZ Society of Authors), Lorain Day (ex-HarperCollins), Paula Browning (Copyright Licensing), Vicki Allpress-Hill (The Audience Connection) and Peter Dowling (Oratia Media).

The irresistible programme has been planned to follow on from Storylines’ annual Margaret Mahy Day Awards presentation and lecture, which hui participants attend as part of your registration fee.


• Seminar sessions – choose from Beginners/Masters/Illustrators

• Pitches to publishers – your chance to present an idea to a leading publisher

• Kaumatua conversation – the wrap-up session featuring New Zealand’s leading writers and illustrators, chaired by Kate De Goldi

• Saturday night: Literary Feast with extraordinary entertainment

• Friday night pre-conference gathering for published authors and illustrators of trade books to get together.

• Illustrators’ Gallery

Spinning Tales takes place at King’s School, Remuera. With the school’s generous support, we are able to offer a very reasonable registration fee of $300 (includes GST) for Storylines/Kiwi Write4Kids members, and $350 (incl. GST) for non-members.

There’s no limit on numbers ¬ – except a limit on how many can be allocated time to pitch to publishers. Book your slot when you register.

Remember – for published writers and illustrators – your accommodation, air fares and associated costs are a tax deductible professional expense.

REGISTER NOW! Online registration here or visit for more information.

1 comment:

Janet keen Artist, Writer, Photographer, Teacher said...

This is excellent. I am going to register for it. Thanks for publishing notification of it so early.

Regards Janet Keen
PS Your book blog is very useful and informative.