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 24 May 2019.
  • Tuesday 20 August 2019
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      100 Word Trigger

    Use these six words randomly in your 100 words:

    tew | to | too | tu | tutu | two


    Workshop

    This is IWW's nod to Poetry Day. Bring along one or two poems to read - either your own that you have penned or a favourite poem of yours written by someone else. There will be some short impromptu poetry writing exercises as well to make this a fun day.

    Competition Due Today

    'How To' article (500-700 words) to be judged by Ruth Hamilton and Mariska Mannes. Results on 17 September.

    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 27 August 2019
    Workshop outing

    Venue: Frank Sargeson House, 14a Esmonde Road, Takapuna.
     
      There are two time slots to visit this former house of renowned New Zealand short story writer, Frank Sargeson. The house is considered a cradle of New Zealand writing and guests and "housemates" over the years included Janet Frame, Maurice Gee, Kevin Ireland among many others.

    The times are 10.30 am and 11.30 am with each slot limited to twelve people, all of whom should be IWW members, for hosting by the house's curator.

    Please email iww-writers@outlook.com or fill in the clipboard at the meeting with your preferred time slot. Bookings taken on a first-in basis.

    There is no immediate parking in the area but the 82 bus from Takapuna stops around the corner in Burns Ave. Check out the AT Transport website for more public transort options.

    Running alongside the visit, there will be a Sargeson inspired short-story competition. The word count is between 800 and 1500 words. In order to enter this competition, it is NOT necessary to have visited the house, but it might be helpful. The competition will be due on September 17th and will be judged by Sargeson trustees, Jenny Cole and Helen Woodhouse. The results will be announced at our meeting on October 15th.

  • Tuesday 3 September 2019
    Annual General Meeting and Workshop

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

      Annual General Meeting - starting at 10.30am

      Matters to be dealt with include:
      • Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
      • Presentation of Annual Reports and accounts
      • Election of officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Competition Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster.
      • The setting of the annual subscription.
      • Other business that has been sent to the secretary as a remit (in writing) by the 13 August 2019 – the remit form will be included with your August newsletter but is also available to download from the Forms page.


      This will be followed by a shortened workshop meeting as follows ...

        100 Word Trigger

      bed fellows

      Workshop

      tba


    • Tuesday 17 September 2019

      Workshop Meeting

      Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
      Visitors $10.
       
        100 Word Trigger

      tba

      Workshop

      bread and dripping

      Workshop

      Results of the 'How To' article with Ruth Hamilton and Mariska Mannes.

      Competition Due Today

      Sargeson-insired short story to be judged by Jenny Cole and Helen Woodhouse. 800-1500 words. Results on 15 October.

      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 1 October 2019

      Workshop Meeting

      Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

        100 Word Trigger

      cats-eye

      Workshop

      TBA

      Competition Due Today

      The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems. Judge tba . Results on 19 November.

      This is our most prestigious competition and a unique set of rules apply.  Please read carefully.

      Click here for the 2019 Kathleen Grattan Prize Rules and Guidelines.

      Click here for the 2019 Kathleen Grattan Prize Cover Sheet.
      Two copies of the poem sequence are required and each entry must have this cover sheet attached to it.

      Entries to be posted to IWW at PO Box 36652, Northcote, Auckland 0748 to arrive by the morning of 2 October when the PO Box will be cleared, or bring in person to the meeting. Email entries will not be accepted so please post in plenty of time.


    • Tuesday 15 October 2019

      Workshop Meeting

      Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

        100 Word Trigger

      voracious

      Workshop

      Results of the Sargeson-inspired short story with Jenny Cole.


    • Tuesday 5 November 2019

      Workshop Meeting

      Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

        100 Word Trigger

      pickled

      Workshop

      Ongoing Writers Journal Presentation.

      and possibly

      Planning and Sharing

      1. Planning. Think about what workshops and competitions you would like in 2020. Suggestions for tutors and judges too please.

      2. Share your Work. Bring along one page of your writing to read and share with members. Also bring spare printed copies to distribute to fellow members if you would like feedback. This activity will be done in smaller groups. TBC.


    • Tuesday 19 November 2019
      Prize giving and End of Year Function

      Venue: St Aidans Church - upstairs in the Church, 97 Onewa Road, Northcote.
      Visitors: $10

       
      10 am Volunteers set up and decorate the Church.
       
      11 am Light refreshments, mix and mingle
      Enjoy the chance to meet other members, writers, presenters, judges and competition winners.

      Published authors' book display and sales
      If you have published a book and would like to display and/or sell it on a 'pride of publishing' table, please bring along some copies. Members please bring cash if you think you might like to buy a book.

       
      11.30 am Start of formalities
       
      • President's welcome
      • Pride of Publishing Authors introduce their books
      • Presentation of Certificates and Trophies for 2019
      • Announcement of winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence Poems with tba followed by readings from the winning sequence.

      •  
      12.30 pm approx. Lunch

      Members: no charge but please 'bring a plate' of fingerfood suitable for this luncheon occasion - either savouy or sweet.
      Non-members: $10.

      To assist with set up and catering and to ensure there is a pretty name badge for you, please RSVP to iww-writers@outlook.com by 13 November or in person at the 5 November meeting.