International Writers' Workshop NZ International Writers' Workshop NZ Inc

Auckland, New Zealand


The Workshops

The Workshop meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from February to November.

Unless otherwise stated we meet in 'The Villa', 119 Queen Street, Northcote Point, Auckland, New Zealand. This is diagonally opposite the Bridgeway Theatre complex where there is a cafe. Click here for a map.

The Villa will be open from 10 am for members to mix and mingle prior to the meeting or to check out our library books. Click here to download our library catalogue. Tea and coffee may be available at this time. Gold coin appreciated.

The Workshop starts at 10.30 am sharp and continues through to 12.30 pm.

Socialising and informal peer groups may continue for a short time afterwards.

Prospective members may attend two meetings before making the commitment to join the Workshop. At workshops with guest tutors a $10 door fee for visitors applies (and will go towards membership fees if deciding to join at end of first or second meeting). Due to the popularity of some of our workshops and space constraints at our venue, some meetings may be 'Members Only'. These will be advertised as such on the website.


Upcoming Workshops

  • Tuesday 6th June 2017
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: The Villa.

    10 am:  Doors open to mix and mingle with fellow IWW writers. Tea and coffee available – members feel free to bring a packet of biscuits or a gold coin is appreciated. Visitors $10.

    10.30 am: Trigger / Exercise for today

    '... toys ...'

    Use this word in a piece of writing to read at the meeting. No more than 100 words - or write exactly 100 words (excluding title) for an even greater challenge. Please record the number of words used.

    Workshop for Today

    Writing Text for Childrens Picture Books with Judy Lawn.

    Judy's short stories have been published in various magazines, including New Zealand Woman's Weekly, Australian/New Zealand Woman's Day and Takahe. She has written a dozen books including childrens picture books and writing-how-to books based on her experience as a creative writing teacher. Check out her website: judylawn.com.

    12.30 pm:  End of Meeting

  • Tuesday 20th June 2017
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: The Villa.

    10 am:  Doors open to mix and mingle with fellow IWW writers. Tea and coffee available – members feel free to bring a packet of biscuits or gold coin appreciated.

    10.30 am: Trigger / Exercise for today

    '... question(s) ...'

    Use this word in a piece of writing to read at the meeting. No more than 100 words - or write exactly 100 words (excluding title) for an even greater challenge. Please record the number of words used.

    Workshop for Today

    The results of Mystery Story with judge Yvonne Walus. Readings from the winner and other selected entries.

    12.30 pm:  End of Meeting

  • Tuesday 4th July 2017
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: The Villa.

    10 am:  Doors open to mix and mingle with fellow IWW writers. Tea and coffee available – members feel free to bring a packet of biscuits or gold coin appreciated. Visitors gold coin entry.

    10.30 am: Trigger / Exercise for today

    The Pentad 100 Writing Challenge returns. Write no more than 100 words, or for a greater challenge exactly 100 words. You must include these five words:

    America | cryptic | pentathlon | pressure | charismatic

    followed by workshop exercises and writing challenges to stir the creative juices - facilitated by Beverley Teague. Beverley asks if anyone keeps a Writer's Notebook or Journal or similar, would you be willing to bring it to share in a small group.

    Competion Due Today

    Text for a Children's Picture Book. Judge Judy Lawn. Results on 1st August.
    Entries to be posted to IWW at PO Box 36652, Northcote, Auckland 0748 to arrive by the morning of the workshop when the PO Box will be cleared, or bring in person to the meeting.
    Rules: Click here
    Cover Sheet: Click here

    12.30 pm:  End of Meeting

  • Tuesday 18th July 2017
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: The Villa.

    10 am:  Doors open to mix and mingle with fellow IWW writers. Tea and coffee available – members feel free to bring a packet of biscuits or a gold coin is appreciated. Visitors $10.

    10.30 am: Trigger / Exercise for today

    '... escape ...'

    Use this word in a piece of writing to read at the meeting. No more than 100 words - or write exactly 100 words (excluding title) for an even greater challenge. Please record the number of words used.

    Workshop for Today

    Writing Travel Stories with Jill Malcolm.

    Jill is a co-founder and past-president of NZ Travel Communicators Association (Travcom). She is a freelance contributor and columnist for New Zealand and international publications; she has edited nine travel magazines including AA Traveller, Air New Zealand Inflight, and Motorhomes Caravans and Destinations; she is the author of five travel books; she teaches travel and creative writing and has won several travel writing awards. We are delighted to have her at IWW for a travel writing workshop.

    12.30 pm:  End of Meeting

  • Tuesday 1st August 2017
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: The Villa.

    10 am:  Doors open to mix and mingle with fellow IWW writers. Tea and coffee available – members feel free to bring a packet of biscuits or gold coin appreciated.

    10.30 am: Trigger / Exercise for today

    '... aged superhero ...'

    Use this phrase in a piece of writing to read at the meeting. No more than 100 words - or write exactly 100 words (excluding title) for an even greater challenge. Please record the number of words used.

    Workshop for Today

    The results of the Text for a Children's Picture Book with judge Judy Lawn. Readings from the winner and other selected entries.

    12.30 pm:  End of Meeting

    More Workshop Dates for the Diary

    (Note, trigger may change so check back for the meeting announcement)

  Date Trigger Workshop heads-up
  August 15 train Long Fiction with Fiona Sussman
  September 5 the move AGM & Planning Day
  September 19 cloud Travel results
  October 3 tba Workshop Exercise Day / Zine Showcase
  October 17 paint Long Fiction results
  November 1 hand Patti Clark / Publishing Journey
  November 15   EOY function / Announcement of the 2017 winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems