Author fosters writing talent

Michael Botur, a Whangarei-based indie author, is looking forward to bringing Kaipara writers together with his fiction writing workshop

Northland indie author Michael Botur is delivering a workshop on fiction writing and says he’s looking forward to bringing Kaipara writers together — which doesn’t happen often enough.

Michael, who is based in Whangarei, says he follows which writers are actively contributing to literature in Northland — thanks to his day job writing journalism and providing literary writing services, as well as running the Write Up North website and Facebook group.

“Three of the Kaipara people who are keeping the talent up around Dargaville are Hokianga short story writer Susy Pointon, Jody Reynolds of Dargaville — who is particularly good at managing fans over the internet — and I’ve been really impressed by Wild Side Publishing emerging from Ruawai.“  

The four and a half hour workshop looks at the workflow required to get a story polished on the page — so authors can be confident about publishing the work in a literary magazine or online.

“Reaching an audience these days is about capturing inspiration, checking that the words are good enough to publish, then sharing it with the world online.

I’ll be offering realistic advice about how to make the most of those hours in front of the computer screen.” The workshop will include a brief introduction to Medium, Smashwords, Createspace, Wattpad, Bookfunnel, Goodreads and other online self-publishing and promotion platforms.

The workshop is $45 and will be held in the conference room of the Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 6 from 10am– 3pm.

Registration is essential — please RSVP to See and Eventfinda for more information.


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