Pacific writers and community groups with unpublished scripts are being encouraged to attend a free one-day workshop for information on the publishing process.
The series titled: Talanoa: Making an almost perfect Pacific book is run by Little Island Press, a boutique publishing house that specialises in Pacific books and stories with the support of Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council.
Little Island Press Director and well-known Samoan Photographer, Evotia Tamua says the workshop is suited to writers who are developing manuscripts or have one ready to go.
“We really want to help writers understand what is involved with the next stage and come away with the knowledge of what to do when it comes to publishing your book or manuscript,” says Tamua.
“It’s not an easy process but this workshop will give them the real facts of what it is going to take to get them through.”
Fellow Little Island Press Director, Tony Murrow believes Pacific stories enrich other cultures and their voices need to be heard.
“What they have to say is important to people outside their communities and these books will become valuable resources for generations to come.”
Topics covered during the one-day workshop include, how books work, good design, which includes tips and tricks and a book design checklist.
Auckland Council Arts and Culture Programmer (Pasifika), Olivia Taouma says the Talanoa series is a new Council initiative that aims to empower Pacific writers living within Auckland’s neighbourhoods.
“We are excited about developing more Pasifika books and helping Pasifika writers to get published.”
The one-day Talanoa workshops will run at the Avondale Library on 11 June from 10am-4pm.