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 next three workshops of the 2020 programme are listed below and the full programme will be announced soon.
  • Tuesday 18 February 2020
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
      Trigger for Today

    My mechanical friend

    Workshop for Today

    Progressive Story - Members are invited to contribute to a progressive story that will be read at the Mid-Winter Christmas party on June 2nd. More details in the workshop on February 4th.

    Competition Due Today

    Flash Fiction - 250 words, to be judged by Paul Clark.

    Paul graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and after a career teaching history, has returned to writing. His work has been published in several journals and in 2017 he won 3rd Prize in the New Zealand Writers’ College Short Story Competition. Find out about Paul and his work at
    There is no workshop for the Flash Fiction competition but if you need help we suggest you try a search on "tips for writing flash fiction" or visit your local library.

    This competition is open to paid up members for 2020 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 3 March 2020
    Workshop Meeting

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


    Workshop for Today

    Play-writing with Paul Kalburgi

    Paul's plays have been staged in London, New York and Dallas. He is perhaps best known for his work in verbatim theatre, with his drama In The Tall Grass (Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas) winning Outstanding New Play in the DFW Theatre Critics Forum Awards 2018. His popular dark comedy Almost The Birthday Party (Etcetera Theatre, London) continues to be licensed by theatre companies internationally. Recent screenwriting work includes the hit US docudrama series The Price of Fame (Reelz Channel). Paul is currently writing for New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street.
    Find out more about Paul on his website

  • Tuesday 17 March 2020
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
      Trigger for Today

    Vain vein, vane (in any order)

    Workshop for Today

    Results of the 250-word Flash Fiction with Paul Clark.

  • Tuesday 7 April 2020
    Field Trip

    Venue: Northart Gallery
    Norman King Square (Opposite the Library) Ernie Mays Street, Northcote.
    Free car parking: Corner of College Road and Ernie Mays Street, Northcote Shopping Centre. Wheelchair accessible.
    Map: Northart location

      In April, the gallery will be exhibiting work by recent Whitecliffe Art School graduates, Noa Wittenberg, Gitanjali Bhatt and Joanie Lewis. The trip will start with a guided tour and then we can spend some time in one of their rooms writing - having been inspired by the artwork.
    Find out more about Northart at