Saturday, September 17th, 2016
Owen G Glenn Building
University of Auckland
12 Grafton Road, Auckland
Join international bestselling paranormal romance author Nalini Singh in conversation with super woman publicist, Yvonne Thynne for this discussion relevant for all writers.*
Writers do it all: entertain, record history, interpret our times, uncover truths, provide support, offer dreams, articulate the zeitgeist, reclaim language, create magic… sometimes all in 150 words or less.
The life of a writer is much more than just the solitary image of person with pen. This session focuses on practical tips for your role as a writer today: how to identify, develop and enjoy making contact with your reading community. The discussion will cover the tools available, your online presence, networking, engagement with readers, and playing to your strengths.
*Includes audience Q&A
Saturday, October 15th, 2016
Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent
(Havelock North Village Green, 35 Te Mata Road, Festival site access from Napier Road)
Back in the day, books aimed at a female audience were tagged ‘cozy’ ‘a beach read’ a ‘cardy read’.
Even today, books are likely to be marketed to female audiences as ‘romance’ or ‘chick-lit’, and to male audiences as a ‘thriller’. Are we diminishing great writing by forcing it into gender distinctions? Lizzie Russell leads international best selling authors Nalini Singh and Charity Norman in a discussion of historically annoying distinctions, along with their work and life experiences.