Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The 2016 Pride Writing Seminar

Are you a budding LGBTQA writer? Would you like to learn more about writing?

Whether you are a complete beginner or a published author, the 2016 Pride Writing

seminar will challenge you to improve your craft.

This free two-and-a-half-hour creative workshop will feature presentations and hands-

on writing exercises from author Lisa Williams, Brendaniel Weir, Lynn Roberts and

Michael Owen.

Novels, short stories, memoirs, blogs, fan-fiction, poetry, screen-plays, journalistic

writing; no matter what you like to write, this seminar is designed to get your creative

juices flowing.

Thanks to the generosity of the Waitemata Local Board, AUT, and

GABA. The first 10 people to register for the seminar will have the opportunity to

receive a one-on-one professional critique on a sample of their work.

This is an open event, so you can just turn up. The room will be open from 5.30pm, so

come early, make a coffee and have a chat.  However, if you are interested in a free

critique and feedback session, please pre-register by emailing Brendan Weir on


Date: Thursday 11th February

Time: 6pm - 8.30pm

Where:   Room WT-1211, AUT Tower, cnr Rutland & Queen Street.

* Free tea and coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

About our presenters:

Lisa Williams has been writing for 25 years. She has written in fiction and non-fiction

genres, including working as a free-lance journalist. In 2004 her manuscript Death on

a Cold Winter's Night was shortlisted for the Richard Webster Popular Fiction Award

and in 2003 her novel Drifting at the Bottom of the World was a finalist for the Violet

Quill Award.

Brendaniel Weir wrote and presented the music Edu-tainment series, The Keyboard

Teacher and has been on the writing team for various Kids-Tv series. In 2002, he

worked as the executive editor for Portal, the NZ magazine of speculative fiction and

in 2013 he won the School of Language and Culture Postgraduate Award for

academic achievement for his screenplay-novel, Tane's War. Since 2013, Brendaniel

has been teaching at AUT.

Lynn Roberts has thirty years experience as journalistic writer and editor, both in New

Zealand and in the United Kingdom. Most recently she was the Lifestyle editor for

New Idea magazine and she is currently writing a full-length stageplay.

Michael Owen is a poet who uses poetry and the written word as part of an holistic

approach to therapy. He has had a long career in the healing arts and is a qualified

Shen therapist.  Michael is currently working on compiling and editing a New

Zealand Rainbow-Poetry Anthology.

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