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Storylines Hui 2022

New Zealand Children's Writers and Illustrators' National Hui, Auckland, July 2022

The Storylines 2022 New Zealand Writers and Illustrators’ Hui took place from 15 to 17 July, at King’s School in Remuera, Auckland, with a Literary High Tea on the evening of Saturday 16 July.

More than 100 people attended the hugely successful event, and feedback from those attendign testifies to the value of hui for everyone in the children’s literature community.

Congratulations and our thanks to the hardworking hui committee – Leonie Agnew (chair), Anne Kayes, Tessa Duder, Libby Limbrick, and Vanessa Hatley-Owen – who put in enormaous hours organising the event, supported by Storylines administrator Vicki Cunningham and Executive Officer Anne de Lautour. Thanks, too, to other volunteers who helped before and during the hui to make it such a success.

Tessa Duder (r) hosts teh publishers’ panel with Lynette Evans  of Scholastic NZ (l) and CHristine Dale of One Tree House.

The Saturday evening Literary High Tea in the Kings School dining hall, was a highlight, with entertainment provided by Tessa Duder and Tom E. Moffatt, among others.

A huge ‘big book’ created by illlustrators at earlier Storylines Festvial Family Days was a stunning backdrop to presentations and panel discussions. Here, Darryn Joseph presents a mihi to welcome participants.

Kyle Mewburn’s presentation was one of many to achieve full houses, with participants keen to glean knowledge from others in the children’s and YA literature sector.

More about the 2022 Hui

With support from Creative New Zealand Australians Remy Lai and Fleur Ferris presented at the hui via Zoom. Both writers touched on increasing international capability/networks, how to get an agent/get published, other opportunities (e.g. books to film), and where this work sits audience-wise, and how the industry works for these kinds of writers.

Remy Lai is Chinese-Australian and an internationally best-selling graphic novelist. Her work in junior fiction, as both artist and writer, includes Pawcasso, Fly On The Wall and Pie In The Sky. She was the winner of the 2021 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Remy Lai is listed with the US Horn Book’s Best books and Kirkus’s Best Book. She is regularly reviewed by The New York Times. Remy will address the booming industry of graphic novels, published in chapter book formats as opposed to comics, which will interest both writers and illustrators. Remy studied fine arts, with a major in painting and drawing. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she writes and draws stories for kids with her two dogs by her side.

Fleur Ferris is an Australian screenwriter and award-winning YA author. She has been an Australian Top Ten Bestseller for Risk and her best-selling YA title Black reached number oneFleur has written numerous books including junior fiction titles. She will talk about both the writing craft and has also on getting books made into film and television across the Tasman. Read more about Fleur.

Remy Lai
Fleur Ferris (image credit: Jules Wignall)

Keynote speakers and workshop leaders from around the country.  Publishers and agents available for pitch slams

Participants at the hui learned from the experts, and took the opportunity to pitch their work to editors and agents a number of publishign houses.

Details of the full programme are below.

Keynote speakers:


This is subject to change and updated as necessary.

Workshop details and the bios of all speakers are provided here. Please select your preferred workshops on the registration form. All workshops are included in the registration fee (See details below the programme).

Registration Fees

As this is a professional development hui, registration fees are tax-deductible for professional writers and illustrators.

There is a reduced fee for Storylines members, and an additional convenience fee for payment by credit card on all fees.

Up to and including 19 June 2022:

Storylines members: $425 + any applicable credit card fee

Non-members: $475 + any applicable credit card fee

From 20 June 2022:

Storylines members: $450 + any applicable credit card fee

Non-members: $500 + any applicable credit card fee

The fee includes access to all actviities, including morning and afternoon teas, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday evening Literary High Tea.

Storylines Hui Cancellation Policy

We understand that circumstances may change so please note the following cancellation policy.

If the Storylines hui is cancelled, you’re entitled to a full refund. Credit card convenience fees are not refundable.

If for any reason, you have registered and are not able to attend,  your cancellation request must be made in writing to Storylines ( The following conditions apply:

  • A full refund (excluding any credit card convenience fees) will be given up to and including 19 June 2022.
  • 20 June to 30 June 2022: An administration fee of $80 is applicable and will be deductible from any refund we agree to. Credit card convenience fees are not refundable
  • After 1 July 2022: No refund.

No-shows will not be refunded.

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