We are a small group with widely varying interests in writing, from short fiction to social commentary, social history, poetry – we even have a specialist in writing aphorisms!
We meet for two hours every second Tuesday of the month – thus the name: STEM: Second Tuesday Every Month – and read out finished or unfinished work, for feedback.
Each month we set a theme, and test ourselves to write to it – although members also bring other work along. We try to help pace people through their own, longer projects – and challenge each other to try something new. So far, people are working on local history, family history, childhood reminiscences, drafts of novels, radical formats for memoirs, story sequences, and short novella forms.
The pieces that appear here mostly come from the monthly group challenge tasks: one from a World War 1 theme; one on Food; one on Accidents.
Lorelle Baxter’s piece Cupcake (31KB PDF) was written on her mobile phone, and preserves the format that the phone allowed. Jackie Cook’s piece Coast scripts (66KB PDF) references the messages left in the mudflats on the Motueka coastal highway, while Why you should always have a towbar (61KB PDF) arises from the summertime traffic that all Nelson people will know.
We hope you enjoy some of our work, and will keep our monthly themes and production updated for you. Please think about joining us! The Library Staff can direct you to our meetings, if you would like to attend, or email me.
More examples of STEM writing
- Letters collection (1MB PDF)
- When Martha opens the door (58KB PDF) by Jackie Cook
- The Body in the Library (295KB PDF) by Erin Powell
- The Body in the Library (380KB PDF) by Jackie Cook
- Murder in the Library (183KB PDF) by Colin Clough
Top of the South Branch on the New Zealand Society of Authors
The Top of the South region has an active and vibrant group of writers affiliated to the New Zealand Society of Authors.
And here is a link to a video showcasing some of their work.
Nelson Romance Writers is the local chapter of Romance Writers of New Zealand, an organisation set up to encourage, educate and inspire writers of all levels. There are currently over twenty of us in the Nelson group, but there is always room for more! Our member’s writing cover a wide-range of genres from contemporary, to fantasy and suspense and rate in heat level from sweet romance to the spicy, with even a bit of erotica thrown in for good measure. We’re proud to have a few published authors in our midst and have found they are an invaluable help to those just starting out on their publishing journey. Monthly critique meetings are also offered to members and are an excellent way to quickly improve a person’s writing in a supportive environment.
Writing can be such a lonely pursuit and we all enjoy the opportunity to get together once a month to celebrate successes, commiserate over plot-holes or writer’s block, but most of all, to have a good time, enjoy each other’s company and eat cake!