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

The first two workshops of the 2020 programme are listed below and the full programme will be announced soon.
  • Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Our first meeting of 2020 - come along with your subs for the year.

    Trigger for Today

    '... Gypsy ...'

    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.

    Workshop for Today

    Inspiration - Where do we find our inspiration? What are some of the tools we use to overcome the dreaded Writers Block? This will be a group discussion where we can all learn from one another, so please come along and share with the group your brilliant suggestions and you will also learn some tips to help improve your writing for the year ahead.

    And because it is the first meeting of 2020 we'll be asking everyone to introduce themselves and what writing goals they aspire to this year. And just in case we find we have time, bring along a short piece of writing (in addition to your trigger) to share.

  • Tuesday 18 February 2020
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

    '... My mechanical friend ...'

    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.

    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 paulmclark.com
    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