The CLNZ Cultural Fund contributes to the NZSA Writers Professional Development Programme. This grant supports programmes aimed at growing and developing Aotearoa New Zealand writers.
The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) was established in 1934 and is the principal professional organisation representing, developing, and supporting New Zealand writers. It is a membership organisation of over 1,800 writers (ref: 2022), whose activities benefit members, the wider community of writers and the wider book sector.
In 2020 NZSA launched three new digital strands of professional development programmes to offer writers these opportunities: A Writers Toolkit (via Teachable); an annual series of online interactive Web-workshop masterclasses, and in-person Regional Roadshows.
NZSA provides support and guidance for all New Zealanders to participate in forms of writing as self-expression and offers skills development, professional support, networking, and advocacy for all writers. NZSA uses digital technologies and platforms to run professional development programmes and provide pathways for aspiring and career writers. Their extensive national network ensures engagement with diverse and remote communities face to face around Aotearoa with 9 branches offering regional support and collegiality.
NZSA professional development programmes are integral to the development of high-quality New Zealand writing, leading to the creation of a wide range of books from diverse sectors of NZ communities.
More details here from The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc).
About the Cultural Fund
The Cultural Fund derives its revenue from a 2% share of domestic licensing income and from overseas revenue that is non-title specific. The Cultural Fund invests in people and projects that meet its objectives to:
- Protect - writers and publishers’ ability to earn revenue from their works;
- Support – the creation and production of new works and assist the commercial success of New Zealand works;
- Grow – the number of works created and skills in the industry