Get the most out of your learning

Please read these guidelines to get the most out of the Writer Toolkit, whether you're doing the session on your own or with a group.

Before you start
  • You will need a consistent internet connection to take the module.
  • If you are hearing impaired, you can switch on the closed captions.
  • Allow yourself sufficient time and space. We suggest up to 1 hour to complete the core module. There is more material you can look at in your own time.
  • Have your writing materials ready (whether pen/paper or an on-screen document) to take notes and/or complete the exercises.

While you're completing the module
  • We recommend you watch the videos in order. You can start and stop as you need to take notes or rewind to watch again.
  • You can complete the exercises during the session or at the end.
  • If you need to stop midway, you can login later and pick up where you left off!
  • Closed captions (subtitles) are available if you need to use them. Click on the 'CC' button at the bottom right side of the video.
  • You can also search the video using this function if you want to return to a specific point.

Want to do it as a group?
  • Well you can!
  • Our modules have been designed to work for individuals and groups.
  • You will need a room set up with a big screen, good speaker that everyone can hear, and table arranged to allow discussion and good viewing.
  • We recommend you allow up to one hour for the core modules. There are supplementary exercises which you could do together after the modules.
  • Completing the exercises as a group provides a great opportunity to discuss learnings or even share your work with each other.

If you have any other questions or technical difficulties please get in touch.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the NZSA Writer Toolkit please email us. The Writer Toolkit is an initiative of New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc, the principal representative for the professional interests of writers. For more information go to