New in 2021!

Virtual Professional Development Workshops

Upskill without leaving home!

Monthly online workshops free for SpecFicNZ members (non-members: $10/workshop). Presented by local and overseas experts.


The Art of the Blurb

Peter Cox

Peter is a literary agent with Redhammer in London. He has also published 24 of his own books, including two No. 1 UK bestsellers.

Saturday 13 February 2021, 6-8 pm


Tactical Writing

Carol Berg and Susan MacKay Smith

Carol Berg’s eighteen epic fantasy novels have earned national and international acclaim, including the Geffen Award, the Prism Award, multiple Colorado Book Awards, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. She also writes fantasy adventure under the name Cate Glass.
Susan Mackay Smith is the past president of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and a frequent judge of the Colorado Book Awards . She has been writing a monthly Conan the Grammarian column for over ten years, and is traditionally published in fantasy under the nom de plume Mackay Wood.

Sunday 14 March 2021


How to Rock Self-publishing

Steff Green

Steff is a Kiwi author of paranormal, dark, gothic fantasy. She is a USA Today bestselling author with a multi six-figure income.

Saturday 17 April 2021, 10 am – noon


Content Marketing and Social Media

Nikky Lee

Nikky is a NZ-based author whose debut novel will be published by Parliament House Press. Her day job is content marketing and copywriting.

Saturday 15 May 2021, 10 am – noon


SpecFicNZ members only!

Speculative Publishing for New Zealand Authors

This virtual two-day event will provide networking and professional development opportunities around publishing for members of SpecFicNZ. Funded by Creative New Zealand’s international visitor programme Te Manu Ka Tau.

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June 2021



World Building Using Material Culture and Social Space

Kate Elliott

Kate is author of over 26 novels, plus many novellas and short stories. She writes fantasy and science fiction. Her focus is immersive world building and centering women in epic stories of adventure and transformative cultural change.

Sunday 11 July, 4-6 pm


Working with Schools

Brian Falkner

Brian wanted to be an author ever since he was a child. It only took him thirty years to realise that dream. Along the way he worked as a reporter, advertising copywriter, radio announcer, graphic designer, and Internet developer. Now an award-winning author, Brian has had nineteen books published internationally. He is also an internationally acclaimed writing coach, running workshops and writing camps around Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Saturday 21 August, 2-4 pm


Killing it in Kindle – Secrets for Making it on Amazon

Eileen Mueller

New Zealander Eileen Mueller is the USA Today bestselling author of adrenaline-fueled dragon adventures.

Sunday 26 September, 7-9 pm


Writing Great Fight Scenes

Alan Baxter

Alan Baxter is a multi-award-winning author of horror, supernatural thrillers, and dark fantasy. He’s also a martial arts expert, a whisky-soaked swear monkey, and dog lover. He creates dark, weird stories among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia. Find him online at or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook.

Sunday 10 October, 12 – 2 pm


Q & A with Martha Wells

Martha Wells

Martha Wells has been an SF/F writer since her first fantasy novel was published in 1993, and her work includes The Books of the Raksura series, The Death of the Necromancer, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, The Murderbot Diaries series, media tie-in fiction for Star Wars, Stargate: Atlantis, and Magic: the Gathering, as well as short fiction, YA novels, and non-fiction. She has won Nebula Awards, Hugo Awards, and Locus Awards, and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the BSFA Award ballot, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the New York TimesBestseller List. Her books have been published in twenty-two languages.

Sunday 14 November, 1 – 2 pm

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