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Double Literary Event with Carl Nixon!

A Conversation with Carl Nixon – get to know Carl; a relaxed evening of chat, readings and a Q&A.

8 July 2022, 6 to 7.30pm

$25 includes a complimentary glass of wine

Doors and cash bar open at 5.30pm.


Carl Nixon teaches the skills of Fiction Writing

9 and 10 July 2022 10am to 4pm each day

$180 for 2 days

Numbers strictly limited.

We’re very excited to announce the supremely talented crime novelist, short story
writer and playwright Carl Nixon as our tutor for our 2022 Creative Writing

A trained teacher, Carl is today a full time writer and the author of several novels,
a collection of short stories, and seven acclaimed plays for adults. His novels have
been published in New Zealand, Germany, France, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong,
Egypt, the United Kingdom and The United States.
He has twice won the Sunday Star Times Short Story Contest, the New Zealand
top short story prize and the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Contest,
in 2007. In 2018 he was the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow in France. His
novel, Rocking Horse Road, appeared on lists of the top crime novels of 2012 in
Germany and was completed during his time as the 2006 Ursula Bethell /Creative
New Zealand Writer-in-Residence at Canterbury University. He represented New
Zealand at the Frankfurt International Book Fair in both 2012 and 2013.
His collection, Fish “n’ Chip Shop Song and other stories was published in 2006 by
Random House NZ and went to number one on the NZ bestselling fiction list and
was short listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, 2007.

What is a story?
This two-day workshop will focus on the fundamentals of storytelling. A hands-on
practical workshop with an emphasis on writing exercises where you will explore
the question of what makes a satisfying story and how to organise your narrative
from the beginning to the middle, and then to the end. You will also look at
creating characters and finding their individual voices.
Come along prepared to write and to share your work. Carl will cater the work to
suit whatever level you’re up to – the beginner or the more advanced.
“Brave, bold and unflinching, Carl Nixon’s Settlers’ Creek is one of the best novels
to come out of New Zealand. It’s not only a gripping, brutal thriller but also a
dissection of a country and its culture. It’s the kind of book that gets you run out
of town.”
Witi Ihimaera

“Carl Nixon, actually, is one of my favourite New Zealand writers. I love his stuff.
I’m very excited to have a new book.”
Kathryn Ryan; Radio NZ

“He is a major talent and Rocking Horse Road is a very good book. You should
read it.”
Warwick Roger; North and South Magazine.
You are able to book separately for the Friday evening Conversation with Carl
Nixon and the two-day writers workshop.
Anyone who’s read any of Carl’s novels will know them to be absolute page
turners. Don’t miss this rare treat to learn from a master!
Complete and return a registration form today – you must book the evening talk
separately from the writing weekend.

To register for this exhibition, download the form by clicking –ese

Print and sign  the forms as appropriate, then post or scan it and email back to ACAC