Friday, 29 May 2009

Shifting Sands Changing Perspectives in History and Biography

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Shifting Sands

Changing Perspectives in History and Biography
Vaughan Park Retreat Centre, Long Bay, Auckland
October 23-26 2009

Writers’ Four Day Residential Workshop
The Michael King Writers’ Centre, with the assistance of an Auckland Regional Services grant from North Shore City, has organised a four day residentail workshop, Shifting Sands, Changing Perspectives in History and Biography, the first of what is intended to be an annual series covering different forms of writing.

This is the first residential workshop ever held in NZ for writers of biography and history . And it is excellent that the inaugural workshop should reflect Michael King’s major interests.

Shifting Sands
The workshop’s title, Shifting Sands, is about the changing nature of history and biography as new facts and viewpoints alter perception and interpretation.

Over four days, leading historians and biographers will present their experiences in research, writing, book structure and publishing, and highlight the factors which have changed the ‘way of seeing’ in their fields of research.

Professors Anne Salmond and Brian Boyd are the keynote speakers at the workshop.

Other speakers are Gordon McLauchlan, Caroline Daley, Monty Soutar, Gavin McLean, Janet Hunt, Iain Sharp, Christine Cole Catley, Paul Monin, Deborah Challinor, Paul Diamond, Sandra Coney and publishers Bridget Williams, Sam Elworthy and Geoff Walker.


Sessions will focus on literary, cultural, historical and collective biography, New Zealand history from a Maori perspective, themes in New Zealand and Australian history, writing for different audiences, local and regional history, research and publishing.

The pitch/rules
Writers with some publishing record are invited to apply for the Residential Workshop, which is limited to 20 participants.
The cost is $495.00 plus GST for three night’s accommodation and all meals.

More information
More information about the workshop may be found at Applications, which should include a writing CV, close 30 June 2009, should go to:

Residential Workshop
Kitty Wishart
Michael King Writers’ Centre Phone
PO Box 32-629, Devonport

Thanks to Bookman Beattie for this


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