Resources for people who want to improve their writing and / or get published.

Tūranga Writers’ Group 2023, part of a series

Get writing! Share your own work and provide feedback to others in an encouraging and supportive setting. FULLY BOOKED.

Writing resources in our collection

Writing resources

Writing resources

For Writers

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Find word spellings, definitions, pronunciation and examples of use.

WORD Christchurch Festival 2022

WORD - Ōtautahi's own literary festival - is on from Wednesday 31 August to Sunday 4 September. Explore featured writers & festival info.


Explore the world of poetry, including poetry from New Zealand, with lyrical library resources.

eResources Discovery Search (eDS)

Get access to most of our eResource collection, articles, eBooks, journals, photographs & more, through a single access point.

WORD Christchurch

WORD Christchurch's mission is to bring the community together through its love of words in all their forms. WORD Christchurch presents a variety of literary events, from a festival – the largest literary event in the South Island – to one-off events with visiting and local authors.

Read our coverage of WORD Christchurch Festival 2022 which took place from Wednesday 31 August to Sunday 4 September.

Listen to podcasts from previous events.

Non-fiction - Writers on Writing

Whether you’re fascinated by language and craft, the creative process, or how a writer’s life unfolds, something in this list will appeal.

Writing courses

CINCH: authorship or creative writing
Find courses and organisations in Canterbury.

Hagley Writers’ Institute
Writing courses, events and masterclasses. Based at Hagley Community College.

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc
Information for authors including resources and opportunities.

Writing courses
Courses and workshops around New Zealand from the New Zealand Book Council.

Tertiary education

Getting published

How to get published
Tips for writers from the New Zealand Book Council

Submission guidelines from the New Zealand Poetry Society.

Writing and illustrating for children
New Zealand publishers’ requirements and addresses.

Writing competitions and prizes

Writing competitions for teens
Our collection of selected websites for online publishing for teenagers.

Writing prizes
Awards for essays and/or unpublished works from our Literary Prizes section.

Writing for the web


New Zealand writer Rachel McAlpine runs online writing courses. The website features a blog and a list of articles about writing web content.

New Zealand Government Web Toolkit
Official standards, guidance, tips and strategic advice on writing for the web.

New Zealand organisation which promotes and awards plain English standards of writing.

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