Great Write Inn - Dunedin

Published: 17/02/2020

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In order to keep Kiwis safe, protect our healthcare and food distributors, and ensure New Zealand comes out of this pandemic with minimal impact, Look After Me has chosen to postpone this event. As the situation is fluctuating, the date is not set. We will update you as the situation becomes clearer. 

 

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Why not join us in Dunedin?

Come to New Zealand's only City of Literature, for a "Great Write Inn."

It's an educational workshop for Writers and Authors - with all the fun of a festival.

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Programme Details

Our team of faciliators, special guest authors, publishers and experts teach in relaxed workshops that take you through the seven stages all writers need to learn to write, publish and sell your first book. 

All events start on Thursday night with a fun icebreaker session. 

Over a period of three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) we take you through our seven step programme. 

On Monday we wrap up the programme and conclude with a community marketplace for writers. 

Choose full festival tickets (GA or VIP) or single event tickets (details and prices below). 

Master Classes with practical advice and best practice

We've assembled a stellar team of facilitators, guest authors, editors, publishers and media experts who we've hand-picked to teach our seven step programme. We've structured our programme to take you logically and practically through each of the seven shortcuts all great writers can take. 

Seven shortcuts all writers can take to publish and sell their book - taught at the Great Write Inn - writer's festivals 2020

Facilitators

All Great Write Inn events are facilitated by a core creative events team. Julia, Eleanor and Toni co-created the Great Write Inn and will help facilititate the sessions, introduce guests and teach various steps of the programme, depending upon their area of expertise. 

Facilitators and co-creators of The Great Write Inn are Julia Anne, Eleanor Girven and Toni Gordon

Guest speakers

We've invited guest authors, experts and advisors to bring you practical advice and their hottest tips - all designed to accelerate your journey as you step up to be the author you've always wanted to be. Some of our speakers will be attending events in Dunedin, Rotorua and Wellington. We try to use the best, local, national and international talent where possible. 

Guest speakers Great Write Inn - Fiona Cole Heather Vail and Helene Dupres

Check back soon for more confirmed speakers for our Dunedin event. 

Would you like to join our panel?

We still have two spaces for Monday afternoon's panel session on Creativity, Motivation and Writer's Block.

Please apply by emailing your name and what knowledge you would like to share with authors. 

Each class concludes with a Write Inn; a group writing session where you can enjoy the feeling of a shared focus and shared creativity, where we will guide you on a particular aspect of your book. 

A lively, themed social programme

Learn-Laugh-Write-Share-Connect at the Great Write Inn in Dunedin, Easter 2020

We've got a fun, social programme so you can can socialise with other writers.

Locals in Dunedin's vibrant writers' community are warmly welcome to join us. We've released a few tickets for each event which can be bought separately. 

Mad Hatter Natter and Book Cover Vino - social programme for Great Write Inn Events

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Festival tickets and prices

Choose our Full Fesitval programme (GA or VIP) or Single Event Tickets.

We only release 49 General Admission Tickets per event. Your Festival pass includes:

  • All morning and afternoon teas (value $90)
  • Lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (value $90)
  • Full access to our seven masterclass sessions (value $399)
  • Our seven step tuturing and workshop programme (value $299)
  • Presentation notes and all workshop materials (value $75)
  • One ticket to Thursday's Mad Hatter Natter Icebreaker function (value $69)
  • One ticket to Friday's Book Cover Avec Vino masterclass (value $69)
  • One ticket to Saturday's Burlesque Ball with Naughty Nibbles (value $169)
  • One ticket to Sunday's Masterclass on publishing, media and marketing and High Tea (value $69)
  • One ticket to Sunday's Open Mic Night (value $25)
  • One ticket to Monday's Brunch (value $45 - exclusive to GA/VIPs)
  • Free entry to Monday's Writers' Market
  • Access to our Writers' Community and resource list (including carefully selected publishing houses, editors, graphic designers, social media marketing, book cover design professionals) (value $199)

Full value of this programme is over $1600.

Tickets will be available when a new programme date is released

 

We only release 49 GA tickets per venue to ensure participants have a quality learning experience and

the best access to the facilators and masterclass experts. 

VIP Tickets

We release only 14 VIP pacakges for each Great Write Inn event. Suitable for writers who are serious about getting their first book written, published and into the marketplace and want the full value of our Great Write Inn personal service. 

Our VIP Admission Tickets include:

  • The best seating at the top tables for the entire event
  • First serve and additional options for all meal and beverages
  • Very comfortable seating and access to VIP lounge
  • Opportunity to mingle with the celebrity author guest speakers and entertainers
  • Media and promotional opportunities, before, during and after the event to showcase your story
  • Writer's Satchel - designer leather satchel with Great Write Inn merchandise - quality drink bottle, hand-crafted mug, personalised with your name, gorgeous pens, stationery and confectionery, writer's aromatherapy and supplier discounts (value $175)
  • One-on-one tailored session to uncover where you are on your book journey and roadmap for milestones you need to complete for your book (value $245)
  • Automatic entry as a VIP author for our Great Write Inn Facebook community Facebook page and support group
  • First option to participate in our Open Mic Night (only 15 slots available, no obligation to accept)
  • All morning and afternoon teas (value $90)
  • Lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (value $90)
  • Full access to our all masterclass sessions (value $399)
  • Our seven step tutoring and workshop programme (value $299)
  • Presentation notes and all workshop materials (value $75)
  • One ticket to Thursday's Mad Hatter Natter Icebreaker function (value $69)
  • One ticket to Friday's Book Cover Avec Vino masterclass (value $69)
  • One ticket to Saturday's Burlesque Ball with Naughty Nibbles (value $169)
  • One ticket to Sunday's Masterclass on publishing, media and marketing and High Tea (value $69)
  • One ticket to Sunday's Open Mic Night (value $25)
  • One ticket to Monday's Brunch (value $45 - exclusive to GA/VIPs)
  • Free entry to Monday's Writers' Market
  • Access to our Writers' Community and resource list (including carefully selected publishing houses, editors, graphic designers, social media marketing, book cover design professionals) (value $199)

Full value of Five day VIP Festival Pass is over $2000

Tickets will be available when a new programme date is released

 

About the venue - welcome to Petridish

Our Dunedin Great Write Inn will be held at Petridish, 8 Stafford Street, Dunedin on 9 - 13 of April 2020, with catering by Ombrellos. 

Petridish shared office space Dunedin - venue for Great Write Inn

Homestay and Play Packages

All attendees have the opportunity to book our Homestay and Play Packages - accommodation, meal and Transport packages.

This includes five nights beautifully appointed home-hosted accomodation. All of our Look After Me Homestay Hosts have been checked and vetted against our Homestay standards to make sure they provide quality experiences to compliment your Writers Festival activities.

They also include breakfast and local transport options to and from the venues, so you can focus on your creativity. 

Why choose us?

For many, first books may take ten years.

But for very determined writers, we aim to get this process down to about a year.

Part of what makes our Great Write Inn special is the quality of the support and motivation.

Highly tailored for first-time authors; we understand your frustrations, fears and your desire to publish your book.

You'll leave the Great Write Inn, having met at least 62 other writers - some of them you will connect with immediately and hopefully make lasting bonds that will become your writers' support group. 

Simple but powerful - it will be your writers' support group that will help turn your book journey from a struggle into what might become one of your most memorable, enduring life-changing experiences.

The Writers' Clique Support Network is exclusive to Great Write Inn Events.

Learning with the head, heart and hands - looking after you

Our Writers' Festivals are designed by writers, for writers. We take a holistic approach to looking after you - academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

We take care of all the details and offer fantastic food, decent coffee, great wine, upbeat music, loads of laughs and a bit of sharing and caring.

We focus on immersing you in a nuturing learning environment, allowing creative energy to flow easily. 

We start each days with (optional) morning yoga and creative awakenings to heal and support your creative journey. 

We also connect you with other professionals who offer mind, body and soul work that writers find helpful (eg. massage, energy healings, releasing creativity, yoga). 

Proudly presented by Look After Me. Thank you to our national partners and suppliers: Base 2 Software, Humanitix, Sweeney Townsend Insurance Brokers. Thank you to our local partners and sponsors: Dunedin, Edith Leigh Photography, Petridish, Ombrellos, Gravity Events, University Book Shop, Dunedin UNESCO city of literature, Kerry Hodge Photography.