Maria V. Snyder, a New York Times best-selling author of fantasy and paranormal fiction for teens and adults, will teach a half-day workshop in Auckland on Friday August 19, with a focus on writing fantasy and paranormal fiction. The workshop is hosted by Romance Writers of New Zealand, but is open to writers from all genres. Editors from local publishers will also be presenting and/or taking pitches from writers, and the afternoon will include a workshop on sword-fighting (an essential element of much paranormal, fantasy and historical fiction!). New Zealand Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand and other writing organisations will receive a discount on the workshop registration fee. Earlybird registration closes July 11.
Maria V. Snyder will also be on the podium over the course of RWNZ’s weekend conference, including a much-anticipated talk on dystopian fiction, arguably the hottest genre of the moment. Other speakers include thriller supremo Tess Gerritsen, and Bob Mayer, an ex special forces agent (Green Beret A-team commander) and now a bestselling suspense author and digital publishing expert. Mayer will also present a one-day novel writing seminar in Friday August 19, open to writers from all genres, designed to take a writer from first page to last.
The RWNZ Conference runs August 19-21 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland. Earlybird registration closes July 11. For full details and online registration, visit www.romancewriters.co.nz/conference