Library events

Speaker events card

Speakers and talks

Find out about speakers and author talks at libraries.

WORD Christchurch 2024

WORD Christchurch Festival 2024: 27 August to 1 September

Find out what our picks of the 2024 festival are and find works by WORD-attending writers in our collection. Book your tickets now!

The 'Write Stuff': Library tools for your writing project

Looking for literary criticism, research tools, or tips on honing your craft? Library resources are here to help you be a better writer.

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.


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.

Practical Writing

Practical Writing is for students who need to use written English both in their studies and in their personal life.

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.

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Awards for essays and/or unpublished works from our Literary Prizes section.

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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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