From Pen to Publication

You have been writing about your outdoor adventures, and want to know how to edit your own work and possibly get it published.

Join a four-hour workshop with outdoors writer Shaun Barnett in which you will learn about defining your audience, choosing an angle, how to edit your own work, the value of reading widely, and planning for a significant piece of writing.

The workshop will also cover what outdoor publications exist in New Zealand, and what editors want from writers. Bring along an article – on your laptop or on paper – about any outdoor subject, about 500 words long. You’ll get editing advice, and learn how to critically examine your own work.

Writing can be fiction or non-fiction.


Sunday 26th June 2022, 9.00am-1.30pm.   (including brunch break 11:00-11:30)


Private function room upstairs at Urban Grind, 72 Ardmore Street.


The price is $75.  There is a maximum of 12 students.       

The Tutor

Shaun Barnett is one of New Zealand’s most recognised names in  Tramping literature and photography.

Shaun has authored a long list of classic titles, either as a sole work, or in collaboration with other tall totara of the mountain author world. 

Well-known recent works include Tramping in New Zealand, Day Walks in New Zealand  A bunk for the night and Shelter from the Storm (both with Geoff Spearpoint and Rob Brown) and Tramping, a New Zealand History (with Chris Maclean).

He is also a talented professional photographer, whose images often adorn the pages of both his books and other outdoor publications.

Shaun has spent years editing NZ Wilderness Magazine and Federated Mountain Clubs’ quarterly bulletin, and knows what it takes to get published.

Shaun Barnett at a campsite on the Ella Range, Nelson Lakes National Park / Image: Peter Laurenson.