LexiCon: National SFF Con 2017

Suncourt Hotel, Lake Taupo and mountains

Guest of Honour Seanan McGuire

The weekend began early on Friday for some of us as we taught writing workshops for almost 100 students aged 11+. Both students and teachers enjoyed the day and participated with enthusiasm in the tasks and exercises. This was topped off with the book launch for Beyond the Backyard, where many of the winners read out their stories to a packed room.

That night heralded the beginning of LexiCon proper, with an amusing opening ceremony followed by a well-attended screening of local film This Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy. Director and star Christian Nicholson was there and stuck around to enjoy the con. | Read More...

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Cons Writing Cons and Workshops 

Lexicon Ghost of Honour announced

LexiCon is excited to announce our In Memoriam Guest of Honour. A prodigious film star in his day, his contribution to fantasy is unquestioned, as is his much renowned fondness for cheese. Yes, our third Guest (or Ghost) of Honour is none other than the legendary Orville.

“We’re delighted to commemorate Orville’s life and achievements,” says LexiCon co-chair Cassie Hart. “We believe we’re the first Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention to have the pleasure of honouring a rat in this way, and we hope this is just the beginning of a worldwide trend.” | Read More...

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The Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Scholarship 2016

2016 Conference Scholarship Open

The Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Trust is offering a scholarship to the Romance Writers of NZ annual conference, All You Need Is Love, August 12-14, 2016 in Auckland. (More information on the conference here.)

The scholarship is open to all New Zealand romance writers, and will cover the recipient’s RWNZ Conference fees (Friday Workshop and Weekend Conference, plus cocktail party). If the winner is not currently a member of RWNZ, their prize will include a one-year membership subscription, since only members can attend the Weekend Conference. The winner will also receive a $150 contribution toward expenses. | Read More...

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LexiCon now open for registrations!

lexi spiralIt’s time to book your spot at the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, being held at Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupō.

Head to the event’s new website www.lexicon.cons.nz where you can register early and book accommodation, all in one place.

Convention Committee co-chair Cassie Hart says the new website is the first step in the lead up to what is going to be an exciting event.

“We wanted to make things easy for everyone by having a one stop shop where you can register for the convention, book a room at the event venue and sign up for convention news updates,” says Cassie. | Read More...

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Writing Workshop at Au Contraire 3

There are still spots available for the writing workshop at this year’s National Convention, Au Contraire 3.

Keeping it real – with Anna Mackenzie.

Saturday 3 June, at Au Contraire 3.

How do you ensure your imagined world is compelling? Avoid being derivative? Create characters that readers will want to follow to the end of the universe?

This hands-on writing session/workshop looks at veracity and creating credible and compelling characters and worlds. This session is ideal both for beginners and for more experienced writers, those who are either in the midst of something or ready to start something new. | Read More...

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Developmental Editing Workshop – Christchurch

The Christchurch Writers’ Guild proudly presents a Developmental Editing Workshop to be held at South Library, 66 Colombo St, Cashmere on Saturday January 30, 2016. The workshop will go on from 10am — 4pm.

Costs are $20 for a half day workshop and $40 for the full day. CWG members are discounted to $30 for the full day session.

For more information and online registration, please visit the CWG website.

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Your invitation to our birthday lunch at NatCon

Are you coming to Reconnaissance, this year’s national science fiction and fantasy convention (NatCon), in Rotorua this Easter? If so, please join us for lunch and to celebrate SpecFicNZ’s fifth birthday on Saturday 4 April from noon to 2pm in the Summit room at the Sudima Hotel (the NatCon venue), 1000 Eruera St, Rotorua.

This will be a chance to meet / catch up with your fellow SpecFicNZ members from around the country – and, if you’re quick, to get a slice of Jean Gilbert’s famous chocolate cake! Lunch will be provided. You are also very welcome to bring guests (as long as they are also attending NatCon). Please let us know numbers and any dietary requirements by Monday 30 March, either in the comments below or via email to specficnz@gmail.com. | Read More...

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We need a copy of your book please

Reconnaissance, this year’s national science fiction and fantasy convention, is fast approaching, and they’d like copies of some excellent Kiwi spec fic to give away as prizes. Obviously this means you! If you’d like a copy of your book (or books) to be given to some lucky person at Reconnaissance this Easter, please ask your publisher to send a copy gratis to: Reconnaissance 4/115 Mill Rd Otaki Kapiti 5512 by 28 March 2015. NB: If you are a Paper Road Press author, please note no action is necessary, as your… | Read More...

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AJ Fitzwater’s report from Clarion Writers Workshop

I feel like this write up about my time at Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop in San Diego is in some recursive, multi-dimensional feedback. I read All The Write Ups, I took on board All The Advice, but there is no way to truly understand the life-altering, mind bending intensity that is Clarion unless you experience it. So, if you’re a writer in that starting out phase of your career, may I suggest: Go. Experience. Take The Leap. There is no regret, only a new you to be discovered…. | Read More...

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The Brainery Online Writing Workshop

From the website:

Have you always wanted to apply to the Clarion Workshop, but then realize that no one can watch your toddler or your cats for six weeks while you go write the next great cyberpunk novel? Do you harbor secret fantasies of applying to MFA programs, only to find that you’re more interested in magical realism, geeky topics, or genre writing than whatever classifies as “literary fiction”? Then this just might be the workshop for you.

The next 12-week workshop begins next week, cost $350USD. | Read More...

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Tau mai e, Kāpiti writers’ residency open for applications

If you’re Māori, you’ve always wanted to write but could never find the time, space or money, this year’s Tau mai e, Kāpiti writers’ residency might be just the ticket.

The residency will welcome its sixth writer this year.

Since its inception in 2008 it has been supported by Te Waka Toi/Creative New Zealand and hosted by Kaitiaki o Kāpiti Trust. These sponsors fund a Māori writer, songwriter, playwright or poet to spend eight weeks living and writing on the northern end of Kāpiti Island. The area includes the island’s last remaining Māori-owned land, adjoining the internationally regarded predator-free nature reserve Kāpiti is well-known for. | Read More...

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Help get Dan Rabarts to Continuum X

SpecFicNZ member Dan Rabarts, this year’s winner of two Sir Julius Vogel Awards, one for Best New Talent and one for Best Collected Work (with Lee Murray, for Baby Teeth: Bite-sized Tales of Terror), is now the recipient of the 2014 FFANZ fan fund. This means he will be travelling to Melbourne in June to represent the New Zealand fan and writing community at Continuum X, Australia’s 53rd National Science Fiction Convention.

He is looking forward to his role as ambassador to the Australian crowd for everything that is the New Zealand fan and writing scene. He will spend four days mingling with writers, fans, gamers, publishers, and everyone in between, spreading word of all the great things that are going on in New Zealand and sharing the love with our creative Aussie counterparts. | Read More...

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Writers’ workshops at the Children’s Bookshop (Wellington)

The Children’s Bookshop has announced its Sunday Seminar calendar for 2014. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in taking part in any of these events, get in quick!

Elizabeth Knox – Writing Seminar (only 9 places left as at 1 May!)
July 13th 11am – 1pm at The Children’s Bookshop, Shop 26 Kilbirnie Plaza Wellington.
$25 each – limited to 20/25 attendees. Bookings essential. Morning tea provided.
to book email John on books@thechildrensbookshop.co.nz

Dave Armstrong – Scriptwriting Seminar
June 15th 11am – 1pm at The Children’s Bookshop, Shop 26 Kilbirnie Plaza Wellington.
$25 each – limited to 20/25 attendees. Bookings essential. Morning tea provided.
to book email John on books@thechildrensbookshop.co.nz |

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