Fibonacci inspiration

Stuck for a last minute idea for your Fib poem for Thursday’s meeting? Here’s some breathtaking, real-life examples of the golden ratio to spark your imagination.

Story critique swap

This month’s meeting (12 October) will see the next round of the SIWA Critique swap.

This time we’re reading stories, so dust off a draft and bring it along to share with another member.

Any kind of story is fine – short, flash, childrens, it doesn’t matter. Just keep it to about 2500 words or less.

For more information, and some resources on critique, see SIWA Critique Swap.

Anna Rogers is coming to SIWA in September

She will be talking to us at the Thursday 14th September meeting.

Here’s a quote from google books that tells us about her

“Anna Rogers has spent most of her working life as a book editor. She has an MA in English from Canterbury University, and has also worked as a bookseller and as a sub editor for the Listener. She has worked for most of the major New Zealand publishers, editing both fiction and non-fiction. Anna has also adapted books for radio and is a book reviewer and she is the author of eight non-fiction books, including While You’re Away:New Zealand Nurses at War 1899-1948, A Lucky Landing: The Story of the Irish in NewZealand and illustrated histories of Canterbury and the West Coast.”

Anna has judged for SIWA on several occasions and inevitably gives great feedback and great advice.  We always enjoy her visits and with her years of experience in the book world she is well worth listening to and learning from.

So come in numbers, bring your questions and  enjoy the  evening.

August Competition: Children’s Book Manuscript

August’s competition is for a children’s book manuscript.

Bring along your manuscripts to get judged by one of our own published children’s authors, Melanie Koster!

For a great starting point, Joy Cowley published a list of 10 points to bear in mind when writing picture book texts. So there’s no excuse not to enter!


SIWA critique swap starts next month

At next month’s meeting the first bi-monthly SIWA critique swap will take place! It’s a great opportunity to advance your writing through giving and receiving feedback in our friendly SIWA atmosphere.

Sam will give a brief talk on Thursday to explain how it works, talk a little bit about giving nice, helpful critiques, and answer any questions you might have.

For now, please head over to the new SIWA Critique Swap page and take a look!

This is a new thing for SIWA, and it wouldn’t be a good critique swap if it didn’t welcome feedback! If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please email and he’ll try his best to sort them out – either by email or on Thursday.critique

Talk from Rachel of Scorpio Books

At our July meeting – Thursday 12th to be precise – Rachel Eadie will be coming to talk to us. She is the manager of Scorpio Books and will be telling us about what books sell, how they are selected and other issues relating to her role. As there will also be time for questions, think about what you would like to know about running a bookshop and come prepared to ask.

We’re looking forward to having a full house for Rachel’s talk.  Who knows, you may get a tip that will result in your book being for sale at Scorpio one day. Oh and feel free to bring any writer friends you have to the meeting.


SIWA AGM about to happen

Each April SIWA holds its AGM. This year it’s scheduled for the 12th April.  If you’re a SIWA member don’t forget to turn up. It’s an interesting time: the new committee is elected, the competition schedule for the coming 12 months is made available, and reflections on the past year are shared.

This time important and exciting changes to the SIWA meetings will be announced. So come along, find out what’s in store and join in the discussions about this.

South Island Writers’ Association National Competition 2018


Apologies the competition had to be cancelled… Watch this space for more news from SIWA

SIWA has just opened up out 2018 national competition which will be judged by Nod Ghosh and Michelle Elvy.

Here is an opportunity to polish up those short stories and flashes sitting in the bottom drawer, or astound us with something fresh, bold and original!

The prizes

  • The winner and runner-up of the Short Story will receive a $250 and $100 prize, respectively
  • The winner and runner-up of the Flash Fiction will receive a $150 and $75 prize, respectively\

A short list will be published on the SIWA website prior to the announcement of the winners on 15 May 2018.