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 are listed below.
  • Tuesday 15 September 2020
    Workshop Meeting

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


    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 will be held in 2021.

    Due to Covid level 2.5 restrictions, the meeting will be limited to 10 people with social distancing, and attendees are encouraged to wear masks. The workshop will be recorded and posted on the IWW Facebook page

    Competition Due Today

    300 word Flash Fiction to be judged by Anita Arlov. Story must include the word spring. Results on 20 October.

  • September 28th to October 18th 2020
    Members encouraged to visit Brushed Strokes exhibition

    Venue: Estuary Arts Centre
    214 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa.
    Free entry and free car parking outside the venue.
    Map: Estuary Arts Centre location

      Running from September 28th to October 18th, Brushed Strokes is a creative collaboration between the International Writers' Workshop NZ Inc and the Estuary Artists. Fourteen poems with a focus on Te Reo, in response to New Zealand’s Maori Language week in September were presented to artists, who created artwork inspired by these poems.
    Find out more at Estuary Arts Centre

  • Tuesday 6 October 2020
    Annual General Meeting and Workshop

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

      Trigger for Today

    "Pear, Pair, Pare" in any order

    Annual General Meeting - starting at 10.30am

    Matters to be dealt with include:
    • Minutes of the 2019 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 18th August 2020 – the remit form will be included with your August newsletter but is also available to download from the Forms page.


    Results of the Mystery Writing Competition with Nathan Blackwell.

    Competition Due Today

    The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems. Judge: Siobhan Harvey. Results on 17 November.

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

    Click here for the 2020 Kathleen Grattan Prize Rules and Guidelines.

    Click here for the 2020 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 20 October 2020

    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

      Trigger for Today



    Results of the Flash Fiction Competition with Anita Arlov.

  • Tuesday 3 November 2020

    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

      Trigger for Today


    Planning workshop for 2020

    Planning and Sharing

    1. Planning. Think about what workshops and competitions you would like in 2021. Suggestions for tutors and judges too please.

    2. Share your Work. Details to follow.

  • Tuesday 17 November 2020
    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 2020
    • Announcement of winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence Poems with Siobhan Harvey followed by readings from the winning sequence.
    • Performance of the winning play from the Play-writing competition Text or Subtext by John Leyland

    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 by 10 November or in person at the 3 November meeting.