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 at 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 available from 10.15 am. You are welcome to bring biscuits or a gold coin 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

Click here for a PDF summary of the 2019 programme in progress as at March 2019 - please note it is not complete for the entire year.
  • Tuesday 7 May 2019
    Workshop Meeting

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

    vicissitude

    Workshop for Today

    Romance Writing with Louisa George.

    Louise is a writer of flirty romance and also has a BA in Communication Studies, which bodes well for a presenter. You are encouraged to check out her comprehensive website louisageorge.com for her books, bio and blog.
    The Romance Story competition is for 1800-2000 words, due on 4 June and Louisa will return with the results on 2 July.

    Competition Due Today

    Kidult (young adult) story approximately 2000 words, to be judged by Judy Lawn. Results on 4 June.

    Open to paid up members for 2019 only.

    Hand in at the meeting or post to IWW at PO Box 36652, Northcote, Auckland 0748 to arrive by the morning of the workshop when the PO Box will be cleared. We have no facilities for email or online entries at this stage.
    Rules: Click here
    Cover Sheet: Click here


  • Tuesday 21 May 2019
    Workshop Meeting

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

    flowery and floury

    Workshop for Today

    On writing poetry sequences with Professor Bryan Walpert who will judge The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems later in the year.


  • Tuesday 4 June 2019
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

    fatal attraction

    Workshop for Today

    Results of the Kidult Story with Judy Lawn.

    Competition Due Today

    Romance Story to be judged by Louisa George. 1800-2000 words. Results on 2 July.

    Hand in at the meeting or post to IWW at PO Box 36652, Northcote, Auckland 0748 to arrive by the morning of the workshop when the PO Box will be cleared. We have no facilities for email or online entries at this stage.
    Rules: Click here
    Cover Sheet: Click here


  • Tuesday 18 June 2019
    Workshop Meeting

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

    knobbly

    Workshop for Today

    Short Story Fiction with Thalia Henry.

    Thalia’s debut novel, Beneath Pale Water evolved out of her play, Powdered Milk and is evocatively set in the South Island's Waitaki Valley and inland high country as well as Oamaru and Dunedin. Her novel won a gold medal at the 2018 Independent Book Publisher Awards. You can read more about Thalia’s book here.
    Thalia’s workshop is ‘Weaving Dialogue into Prose’ and is to prepare for the Short Story competition, 2000-3000 words where dialogue will be a key feature of the story. The due date is 2 July and Thalia will return with the results on the 6 August.

  • Tuesday 2 July 2019
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

    through the crowd

    Workshop for Today

    Results of the Romance Story competition with Louisa George.


  • Tuesday 16 July 2019
    Workshop Meeting

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

    purple people eater

    Workshop for Today

    How to write a 'How To' article with Mariska Mannes.

    For something a little bit different, a ‘How To’ article has made its way on to the IWW Programme this year. Mariska is a communications consultant and lecturer and is a presenter on 104.6 Planet FM. The due date for the competition is 20 August and length is 500-700 words.

    Competition Due Today

    Short Story Fiction (2000-3000 words) to be judged by Thalia Henry. Results on 6 August.

    Hand in at the meeting or post to IWW at PO Box 36652, Northcote, Auckland 0748 to arrive by the morning of the workshop when the PO Box will be cleared. We have no facilities for email or online entries at this stage.
    Rules: Click here
    Cover Sheet: Click here


  • Tuesday 6 August 2019
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      100 Word Trigger

    flash mob

    Workshop

    Results of the Short Story Fiction with Thalia Henry.