This facilitated retreat for writers takes place at the Mount Richmond Estate in the Rai Valley, halfway between Blenheim and Nelson.
The retreat offers both a writing escape and the opportunity to take part in workshops, structured discussions and informal socialising with other writers. Mount Richmond Estate provides comfortable motel units, a restaurant, and a beautiful setting away from distractions.
All are welcome. Discount for NZSA members.
To register your interest for the future, contact the Top of the South branch at TOSNZSA15@gmail.com
Writers at Lunchtime
Writers at Lunchtime is one of our
most popular events. It is held on the first Wednesday of every month, except January.
Arrive any time from 11.30 am. There is usually a guest speaker starting at 12.30 pm. Occasionally there will be an 'open mic' session, and there is always a special Christmas event.
Coffee and bar meals are available.
All welcome. Gold coin donation.
The Prince Albert
113 Nile Street, Nelson
(car park accessed from Tasman St)
First Wednesday of every month except January, 11.30 am - 1.30 pm
Check out what's happening at the next Writers at Lunchtime
Short Story Competition
The Top of the South Branch of NZSA organises an annual national short story competition, now sponsored equally by the branch and by
Nelson booksellers Page and Blackmore.
Each year the competition is judged by a different, noted New Zealand writer.
All entrants receive written feedback on the stories submitted, and the three winning and seven highly-commended entries are published in an anthology.
Our Radio Show
The Top Writers Radio Show goes out fortnightly on Fresh FM. It began with six programmes in 2016, continued with twelve programmes in 2017 and reverted to six programmes in 2018.
Each 25-minute programme features an interview with a local published writer and a PEN item from Dana Wensley, the PEN (NZ) representative for freedom of expression.
All shows can be downloaded from this website. More ...