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literature: writing a book

what we are doing:

It’s said that everyone has at least one book in them, but how do you go about “getting it out”? In this class we’ll look at the process of writing a substantial piece of work, (fiction or non-fiction), what to do with it once you’ve finished, and your options for getting it published.

what you will learn

* The physical process of writing: when to, where to and how to go about it.
* So, you’ve finished. That’s what you think!
* Second opinions: do’s and don’ts.
* Publication options: electronic or hard copy?
* The New Zealand scene: agents and publishers.
* Working with editors.
* Marketing your book.

type of class: introduction

skill required: 1-beginner

your chalklers will be:

Geoff Palmer is an award-winning technology writer based in Wellington.
Best known for his columns and website blog for New Zealand PC World, Palmer has won four Qantas Media Awards and was short-listed for Columnist of the Year in 2002.
His first novel, Telling Stories, won the North & South/Reed Fiction Award in 1995 and was published by Secker & Warburg in 1996. His latest novel, Too Many Zeros, the first part of a rollicking science fiction adventure series set in a tiny West Coast town, was published by Penguin in early 2011.

what people need to bring

An interest in writing

cost: 13.80 (+GST)

how to book and pay:

RSVP and pay using this paypal link or

deposit 13.80 into Chalkle's Kiwibank account:
Details to include:[masked] - Your name

our cancellation policy:

If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle. You may request to rejoin after six months.

We expect pre payment for all classes.

If you cancel your RSVP:

- less than 3 days before = no refund
- after 7pm night before = no refund and a no show will be recorded.

about chalkle°:
chalkle° connects people interested in teaching and learning from each other face-to-face -- in a fun, social environment!

Choose from many affordable lessons up for grabs (from intros to master classes) in agriculture, art and craft, business, construction, digital media, food, languages, music and performance, science, technology and zombie survival... and around half the lessons are free!

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  • Christine B.

    Great class thanks Geoff. Looking forward to the collaborative writing project.

    March 21, 2013

  • Tony W.

    I enjoyed it. Informal atmosphere and pleasant people

    March 21, 2013

  • Tony W.

    I think I enjoyed listening to Geoff's story more than anything. It's interesting how different writers go about the business of writing. Good on you and nice to meet you all.

    March 21, 2013

  • Drew M.

    Great class!! Felt very easy, as a very new writer, to attend. Loads of great information, excellent handout with resources. Thanks Geoff!!

    March 21, 2013

  • Paul T.

    It was my first meetup so nice to chat to Natasha before it started. The session was full of lots of really good ideas, much to think about in terms of the next steps. Thanks Geoff!

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My sincere apologies for the short notice but I have a very sick cat with newborn kittens and need to look after her tonight. Sea

    March 20, 2013

  • Paul T.

    Keen to come along - I can pay via this method or with cash - I assume the offer above is still open??

    March 20, 2013

  • Tony W.

    Looking forward to it.

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    double booking again

    March 18, 2013

  • chalkle

    If you are on the waitlist but wants to attend the class, please let us know when you have made the payment or if you intend to pay cash during the class. You can post a notification here or email [masked]. Your status will be moved to Yes once we have received a notification from you.

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ha! I've already done this, I just saw writing, and Geoff and went Yes! Geoff : next step...

    February 28, 2013

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