Spark TeamsJohanna Knox will lead this exciting live writing and illustrating project. (More details to come)
Levelling Up - Exploring the iceberg: Integrated thinking for fiction writersMandy Hager will lead workshop for experienced writers who want to take their work to the next level.
Pre-booked Manuscript AssessmentsFleur Beale, Barbara Else, Chris Else, Barbara Murison will look through the first 5 pages of manuscripts, plus a one page synopsis of the whole story. Hard copy needs to arrive to us by hard copy by September 1. Cost $50 (same cost for picture books).
Portfolio CritiqueSenior illustrators will be on hand to look at your portfolio and give recommendations for editing and showing your work off to its best advantage.
Working with Creative CommonsElizabeth Heritage will share her knowledge on all things copyright, including what it is and how to protect it.
Rollocking RhymeJuliette McIver will speak about the intricacies of writing picture books, especially those in rhyme.
Where Do I Begin?Just starting out in your writing career? Mary McCallum will show you the ropes, help you cast off and send you in the right direction, full steam ahead.
LunchProvided at St Catherine’s
Juicy Fruit for IllustratorsCurious, entertaining and inspirational speakers offer delicious morsels for illustrators in this Pecha Kucha style session. Sit back and have your creative fuse lit!
Real-time EditingBarbara Else will present a live editing session showing how to hone and polish your manuscript the way a professional editor would do.
Meta-Data and Other MysteriesAndrew Long will present this valuable session looking at optimising the SEO behind your books online life.
Designing a School VisitTania Roxborogh will share her techniques, tips and wisdom on how to give a stellar presentation to schools and to the general public.
Keynote SpeakerDave Armstrong, award-winning script-writer, will present an insightful and entertaining keynote speech.
Drinks at the Children’s Bookshop, KilbirnieCome and enjoy drinks and nibbles, good company and a browse around the bookshelves at the Children's Bookshop, a short walk away in Kilbirnie; thanks to John and Ruth McIntyre, tireless supporters of children’s writers and writing, for sponsoring this opening cocktail party
Friday night dinnerGood chance to catch up with friends, or make new ones; check out the Food on Friday page for a list of good eating places in nearby Newtown, only a short bus or taxi ride away.
SparkA chance for the Spark teams to get-together and plan their projects.
Breaking GenresThe wonderful Susan Kaye Quinn will join us from Chicago via Skype to talk about collaboration within your writing, publishing and marketing.
Illustration School: Creature Making and DrawingSandra Morris & Nina Rycroft will help you create a fantastic sculpted creature from polymer clay and armature wire, which you can take home to draw. All materials supplied; numbers strictly limited.
Writing for Translation: Exploring Other MarketsGreet Pauwelijn will talk about the intricacies and rewards of writing for translation and the new markets you can reach.
Digital Books – Creating for New FormatsSteven Renata from Kiwa Digital, will discuss this company’s groundbreaking work in creating innovative experiential digital books.
Pre-Booked Manuscript AssessmentsFleur Beale, Barbara Else, Chris Else, Barbara Murison will continue their manuscript assessing.
LunchCatered in-house at St Catherine’s
Changing Before You Get ChangedChristian Penny, Director at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, will speak developing a collaborative working culture.
Spark TeamsCheck in with Johanna Knox
Presenting and Facilitation Training for Panellists and ChairpersonsLee Wilkinson will conduct a workshop aimed at improving the skills needed by panellists and chairpersons – an increasingly common requirement for today’s writers. This is an advanced practitioners session.
Small / indie pressWe are gathering together publishers to talk about different ways to publish in 2015. This panel will look at collaboration, different publishing models and being nimble in today’s market.
Conference Dinner catered in-house at St Catherine’s
Spontaneous CombustionSeven people share their knowledge on writing and publishing in seven-minute sound bytes. It's fun, it's fast and you will be fizzing!
Deconstructing ContractsChris Else will de-mystify contracts and answer questions.
Self-PublishingSharon Holt flies in to share what she has learnt from her move from traditional publishing to self-publishing. She now has 10 print books in her series, and a road show that travels the country.
Inspiration for TeachersThis is a subscription-only talk for teachers offering something new to inspire their students. A group of highly successful illustrators share their work and methods for teachers not attending the conference.
LunchCatered in-house at St Catherine’s
Get a Handle! Social Media and YouDo you feel like a twit on Twitter? Thought Hootsuite was a couch to laugh at? No idea how to work social media? Digital strategist, Alexandra Lutyens has been getting a handle this area for years and will demystify it for you. Bring your laptop, iPad or tablet and prepare to launch yourself into the online universe and let the world know you are there!
Burning Tax Issues – Help is at HandDiscover what you can and can’t claim for; do you need to pay ACC levies on the PLR payment – plus other tricky issues writers and illustrators face at the end of each financial year.
E-PublishingSue Copsey shares her knowledge as a freelance editor for independent authors and discusses her own endeavours with e-publishing her own children’s books.
Book JourneyLuke and Vida Kelly share their 35 years’ collective experience in the graphic design industry.
Illustrators' DayFrom a hands-on demonstration of paint gel mediums and Golden QOR watercolours, to a session of steampunk life drawing, to a learning tour of some of Wellington’s best printeries, studios, and cafes, the Illustrators’ Day will have something for every practising or aspiring illustrator.
Writers Café Crawl
If you are still in town on Monday morning, we'd love to catch up for a debrief, (buy-your-own) coffee/lunch and tour of the Dorothy Neal White collection at the National Library, Thorndon. http://www.dnwfriends.nzl.org/collection.html