Tauranga Writers works closely with New Zealand Society of Authors (Bay of Plenty) whose meetings, held on the 3rd Monday of the month in the same building, are ‘Meet the Writer’ sessions open to the general public. (www.authors.org.nz) We also have good relationships with the University of Waikato in Tauranga (http://www.waikato.ac.nz/pathways/community/), with whom we have often organised masterclasses with established writers, and other literary events. Many of our members are also indie authors as shareholders with Oceanbooks Limited (www.oceanbooks.co.nz), a publishing co-operative based in the Bay and run by writers for writers.
Tauranga Writers contribute a weekly column, 'The Write Space', published weekly by SunLive Media (http://www.sunlive.co.nz/blogs/), and contributes a monthly column to Creative Tauranga’s Creative Beat magazine on ‘Literary Trailblazers.’ (http://www.creativetauranga.org.nz/editorial/creative-beat.html.) Our monthly newsletter, Update, is packed full of information about creative writing in the Bay and beyond, including markets, awards, competitions, etc. Attending members get this free on payment of their $30 annual subscription, or as non-attending 'postal members' (our ‘Friends’) for only $10 a year..
Tauranga Writers is also working hard to promote the cause of young writers. They have set up a website (http://youngnzwriters.weebly.com/) especially for them and will run an annual short story competition for secondary school students. We recommend enquirers to consider what else is on offer from BookRapt (www.bookrapt.org.nz), Storylines (www.storylines.org.nz) and the School for Young Writers in Christchurch (www.schoolforyoungwriters.org).
Interested in writing? Check out our free writing handouts available online. You can send in an enquiry from our website, too, which www.taurangawriters.org.nz.
Latest 18 topics
Celine Murray released her first book, Seven to Seventeen, while attending Otumoetai College. In 2015, she received a Sir Julius
An article about TW's Young Writers Group, and their publication They Came in From the Dark, co-edited by Jessica Harvey
A short article advising on how to be a writer, by Jenny Argante.
An article about producing Tauranga Writers 40th anniversary publication, This Side of the World: Tauranga Writers Celebrating 40 Years. Edited
A review of Write Fantastic Nonfiction & Get it Published by Claire Gillman (Teach Yourself Series).
Thursday 6th April 2006. Conference Report from Jenny Argante for Tauranga Writers
In the Bay of Plenty we have talent in abundance. These March 2014 events are/were to celebrate local writers &
Peter Pratt's entry in the Topic: 2012 Memoir and Local History Competitionis inspired by his search for the Empire Jane’s
Jan Goldie was the first New Zealand author to be taken on by IFWG Publishing Australia. Her first full length
Congratulations to Lee Murray, a Tauranga Writer and Oceanbooks author whose debut publication, Battle of the Birds (Taramea Publishing) has
On a bleak midwinter evening in 2011, six members attended a regular meeting of Tauranga Writers. Outside was decidedly chilly,
Ian Clarke describes his book, The Bungalow at No. 2 Riversided Road.
Suzanne Singleton is president of the Tauranga Writers Group. She has worked as a teacher and psychologist before finally coming
Lee Murray lived in Tauranga from 1997 until 2014, and still considers it her hometown. A five-time winner of the
Jenny Argante is a New Zealand author, literary editor and proofreader. She is also Information Officer for the Tauranga Writers