Full Programme

Please note: Rooms and speaking topics might be subject to change right up to day of conference.

Thursday August 17th

Time Description   Convenor Location
7.00pm – 9.00pm Drinks in the bar for anyone who has come in early Chance to chat with others and network Kris Pearson Bar

 

Friday August 18th

Time Description   Speaker Location
7.30am Registration Opens Conference Centre entrance

Coffee in Conference foyer

8.00am Maori Blessing
8.15am Welcome and introductions Housekeeping MC Catherine Robertson Batten Room 1&2
 8.30am Session one  Rise of the Machine  Kristen Lamb  Batten Room 1&2
 10.00am Morning Tea  Conference Foyer
 10.30am Session two  Rise of the Machine  Kristen Lamb  Batten Room 1&2
 12.00pm Lunch  Restaurant
 1.00pm Session three  Rise of the Machine  Kristen Lamb  Batten Room 1&2
 3.00pm Afternoon Tea  Conference Foyer
 3.30pm Session Four  Rise of the Machine  Kristen Lamb  Batten Room 1&2
5.15pm Workshop close
7.30pm Conference Cocktail Party

Theme: #Live your Dreams

 

Description: Don’t dream it – be it! Come as the favourite character in your own books, a fantasy figure, your dream lover, king or queen of the book world – whatever you can dream up.

MC Catherine Robertson

F.Housden Raffle drawn 9pm

Theme TBC

 Batten 2
6.30pm – 7.30pm Registration Open Conf Centre entrance

 

Saturday August 19th

Time Description   Speaker Location
7.15am – 8.30am Registration Open Conf Centre entrance

Coffee available

7.15am – 8.20am Cold Reads Host / Reader:

Host/ Reader:

Sue Grimshaw

Jessica Watterson

Batten 1

Batten 2

8.30am Conference Opens – WELCOME MC’s Catherine Robertson  Batten Rooms 1&2
8.50am KEYNOTE Build a Character, Build a Book Christie Craig (CC Hunter)  Batten Rooms 1&2
9.50am Morning Tea  Foyer
10.20am to 11.20am KEYNOTE Build a Character, Build a Book Christie Craig (CC Hunter)  Batten Room 1&2
11.25am to 12.25pm KEYNOTE Tips to Build Your Brand Kristen Lamb  Batten Room 1&2
12.30pm LUNCH  Restaurant
1.30pm 

to

2.30pm

MAIN
Batten 1 & 2
KYLIE SCOTTBetween Plotting and Pantsing: Book planning and structure on a level you can live with 
Mansfield Room

Published Authors Round Table

(For published authors only – traditional or self pubbed)

 

2.30pm
to
3.30pm

 

 BREAKOUT SESSION ONE


Mansfield Room

ANNE GRACIE

Getting out of the Slush Pile

 

Seddon Room

SPA GIRLS

Dealing with Author Overwhelm in the Digital Age

Batten 2

JUDY L MOHR

Hidden Traps of a Writers Platform

(what you need to know about security online)

 

Batten 1 

CASSANDRA DEAN & LUCY CLARK

How to Inject Emotional Punch Through Pacing

3.30pm
to
3.45pm
 

 

 AFTERNOON TEA Foyer
3.45pm Introducing Random House Sue Grimshaw Batten Room
1 & 2
4.15pm
to
5.15pm 
 BREAKOUT SESSION TWO

Batten Room 2

TRACEY ALVAREZ, WENDY VELLA, FAYE ROBERTSON (SERENITY WOODS), BRONWEN EVANS

My Strategy for Successful Self Publishing

Batten Room 1

ALLISON CARROLL, BRYNN KELLY AND FRANCES HOUSDEN

Keeping them in Suspense

Seddon Room

GRACIE O’NEIL

How to Write a Blurb that Sells or a Query that gets a Request

Mandsfield Room

KATHY DERRICK

Grand Designs.
Discovering the Building Blocks of Story

5.30pm  AGM 

Introducing the new Executive

Iona Jones – Chair  Batten 1 & 2
5.45pm Batten Room 1 &2 Jean Drew

Volunteer of the Year Award

RAFFLES DRAWN

Out of Towners Draw

 MC Catherine Robertson

 

Batten 1 & 2
7.30pm – 10pm Harlequin Awards Dinner

 

Theme – Some Enchanted Evening MC Catherine Robertson

 

 Rutherford

 

 

Sunday August 20th

Time Description   Speaker Location
7.15am – 8.15am Cold Reads  

Host / Reader:

Host/ Reader:

 

Elaine Spencer

Allison Carroll/Jo MacKay

Coffee available foyer

Batten 1

Batten 2

 

8.15am to 8.35am Day 2 Opens  NZSA CEO – Jenny Nagle MC’s Catherine robertson Batten 1&2
8.30am to 9.35 KEYNOTE  It’s Not Just Adding a Naked , Tattooed Guy: Using Humour in Your Writing  Christie Craig Batten 1&2

 

9.35am to
10.05am
 
That Tricky High Concept Pitch  Elaine Spencer Batten 1 & 2
10.05am  Harlequin Spotlight  Allison Carroll Batten Room
 10.35am    Morning Tea    Foyer
10.55am – 11.55pm BREAKOUT

SESSION ONE 

Batten Room 1

ANNE GRACIE

Creating Reader Engagement 

Batten Room 2

YVONNE WALUS

Beyond Plot: What is Your Story About

Mansfield room

JUDY L MOHR

SCRIVENER – Part One

Nuts and Bolts

Seddon Room

JENNIFER KLOESTER

GEORGETTE HEYER: HOW SHE WROTE HER REGENCY NOVELS

11.55am
to
12.55pm
BREAKOUT
SESSION TWO
Batten 1
KYLIE SCOTT Making a Scene:
Every Scene has to earn its space on the page 
Batten Room 2

TEE AYER

When the Hobby Becomes A Job.
(how to write 4 or more books a year)

Mansfield room

JUDY L MOHR

SCRIVENER – Part Two

Nuts and Bolts

Seddon room

IOLA GOULTON

Introducing Christian Romance (the biggest little genre you’ve never heard of)

1.00pm to 1.55pm    HARLEQUIN LUNCH  Rutherford
2.00pm to 2.30pm Introducing the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency  Jessica Watterson  Batten 1 & 2
2.35pm
to
3.35pm
KEYNOTE

 

Bullies and Baddies Kristen lamb Batten 1&2
3.35pm – 4.05pm  KEYNOTE Crystal Ball Gazing

Anything you want to know about publishing 

Sue Grimshaw
Elaine Spencer
Jessica Watterson
Kristen Lamb
Christie Craig
Anne Gracie
Kylie Scott
Allison Carroll
Jo MacKay
 Batten 1 & 2
4.o5pm – 4.15pm   Introducing the 2018 Conference Committee MC Catherine Robertson Batten 1&2
CONFERENCE CLOSED

The Conference Programme is subject to change.

Workshop rooms will be designated and set up to cater for participants using your selected registration options so please honour the selections you have made at time of booking. Please be considerate of the presenter and other participants if you need to leave for pitch appointments.

As always, our conference is perfume free.

 

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