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.

We meet in the downstairs Lindisfarne Room at St Aidans Church, 97 Onewa Road, Northcote. The car park entrance is via Woodside Ave (opp. no. 3). Click here for map.

The doors 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 are available from 10.15 am. You are welcome to bring biscuits or a gold coin would be appreciated.

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

First up is the readings of the day's 100-word trigger. The 'trigger' word(s) will be supplied prior to the meeting. Your challenge is to use the word(s) in no more than 100 words total - or exactly 100 words for an even greater challenge.

This is followed by a workshop with an IWW member or a guest tutor, or the results of an IWW competition followed by readings.

Socialising and informal peer groups may continue for a short time after the meeting.

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

The workshops of the 2020 programme through to May are listed below, though there may be changes due to the Covid-19 situation. Details of the rest of the programme will be published as clarity around the Covid-19 situation emerges.
  • April 2020 meetings
    Venue: Online
      Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting and field-trip on Tuesday 7th April trip and the Mystery Writing Workshop on Tuesday April 21st have both been cancelled and we are planning to hold online meetings instead, preceeded by "The Tuesday Chat" (see details below). Due to the cancellation of the workshop the Mystery story competition has been postponed (details to follow at a later date).
    The online meetings will be held via Zoom - the Web Conferencing portal. The details of these two meetings (log-ins, passwords, etc) will be sent out nearer the time. In these online meetings, everyone will have an opportunity to read their Triggers.

    The Trigger word for April 7th is: A New World
    The Trigger word for April 21st is: Colours of the Rainbow

    The Tuesday Chat

    One of our members used the phrase "family" when describing the IWW group and the nature of our membership means that many people enjoy the social dynamics of interacting with like-minded individuals. To preserve this, we propose to hold "The Tuesday Chat" by telephone where we try and replicate the 10:00 to 10:30 section of our normal meeting. Should you wish to participate, you can send in your phone number and you will be connected with a different member each Tuesday and you can ring one another and have a chat. This might be about writing, or it might just be about the state of the world. The more we listen and the more we connect, the more we learn. So, if you are interested to have a Tuesday chat, please email with your phone number and we'll set you up to have a telephone chat with another IWW member.

  • Tuesday 5 May 2020
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
    Visitors $10.
      Trigger for Today

    Forked lightning

    Workshop for Today

    Essay writing with Professor Joanne Wilkes

    Born in Sydney, Joanne Wilkes was educated at Sydney and Oxford Universities. She taught for three years at Monash University in Melbourne, before settling in Auckland in 1987. She is now Professor of English at the University of Auckland, where she teaches nineteenth-century literature, especially British literature. She has published on various writers, including Lord Byron, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot, and is currently writing an article on responses to Jane Austen and her novels in New Zealand and Australia.
    Find out more about Professor Wilkes at Professor Joanne Wilkes
    The Essay competition is due on 16 June and Professor Wilkes will return with the results on 4 August.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2020
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
      Trigger for Today

    Solid as a Rock

    Workshop for Today

    Results of the Play-writing competition with Paul Kalburgi.