Workshops: here’s how you can get involved…

Throughout the year, Christchurch Writers’ Guild runs workshops and other gatherings aimed at the writing community as a whole. We wish to foster networking between writers and industry professionals. If you would like to become involved in one of our many workshops/conferences as a presenter/editor/sponsor, here’s how.

Workshop Presenters

If you are an editor or established author and would like to share your knowledge about the craft, then we want to hear from you. Please check out our list of planned upcoming workshops.

At this stage, we can not offer any monetary compensation. However, presenters will be provided with space to promote their books and/or services during the workshop, for which you will need to provide your own materials.

Editors with the Critiquing Programme

As part of the programme for some workshops, we offer a critiquing programme for workshop participants. This comes at an added charge to the participants.

If you are a professional editor and would like to be involved in our critiquing programme, then drop us a line.

The critiquing commitments of editors associated with workshops do vary from workshop to workshop. However, generally the critiquing programme is structured as follows:

  • Critiques will be on offer for the first 5000 words (approx. 20 pages, double-spaced) of any given manuscript. The cost of these will be $20 for the participant. The maximum number of critiques offered will be 5 per editor involved (unless the editor specifies otherwise). Participants will normally be permitted to submit to only one editor for critique.
  • Occasionally, critiques will be on offer for query letters. The cost of these will be $10 for the participant. The maximum number of critiques offered will be 5 per editor involved (unless the editor specifies otherwise). Participants will normally be permitted to submit to only one editor for critique.
  • Participants will be permitted to submit a manuscript sample pages AND a query for critiquing.
  • Editors involved may critique only sample pages from manuscripts if so desired. There is no expectation for editors to critique query letters.
  • All workshop attendees wishing to submit materials for critique must do so, along with payment, by a date nominated by workshop coordinators, no later than two weeks prior to the workshop.
  • The Christchurch Writers’ Guild will retain $5 per critique. All other proceeds will go to the editor that performed the critique.
  • On the day, sessions of 10min each will be held with the writer to go over any notes on manuscript critiques. Sessions of 5min each will be held for query critiques.
  • Each editor will be provided with a volunteer timer to keep an eye on the time for them and to facilitate transitions between writers.

Any editor wishing to participate in the critiquing program for an upcoming workshop should express their interest no later than two months prior to the workshop, providing a short bio for advertising purposes. Editors should also include details about the types of works they are prepared to critique. (Please indicate if there is anything in particular that you will NOT critique.) Please specify whether you would be interested in critiquing query letters, or would prefer to critique sample pages only. In addition, please verify that that you are happy with a maximum of 5 sample page critiques and maximum 5 query letter critiques.

Workshop Sponsorship

We are also on the lookout for sponsors for our workshops from local editors, graphic designers, publishers and other publishing industry related professionals.

Sponsors are entitled to add their logos to any promotional materials for the workshop, printed and on-line. In addition, a space is provided to promote their business during the workshop, for which they will need to provide their own materials.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for one of our upcoming workshops, then contact us at chchwritersnz@gmail.com for more details.

Workshop Markets

Occasionally, workshop coordinators will open the workshop to those who are not presenting or a registered sponsor to also promote their materials. Limited spaces are available and it is workshop dependent. For more details, contact us at chchwritersnz@gmail.com.


Last updated: 11 March, 2016