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.

Our meeting on the 1st Tuesday is on Zoom. Our meeting on the 3rd Tuesday is 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 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 2024 programme for February and March is listed below, and the remainder will follow soon.

  • Tuesday 20 February 2024
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
      Trigger for Today

    as it melted (or as it melts )

    Workshop for Today

    Contemporary short form poetry inspired by the Japanese

    The first workshop of the year is an interactive workshop on different types of contemporary short form poetry inspired by the Japanese, e.g. haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, renku, tan renga. It will have an emphasis on juxtaposition. Don’t know what juxtaposition is, come along and find out. It's a great technique to use for effect in all sorts of writing, but especially short form poetry where every word counts. After a short introduction, we will write and share our poems.

    Reminder: Images for the Ekphrastic Writing competition outlined in the January 2024 IWW Newsletter should be emailed to John Leyland by Feb 25, and competition entries are due on March 5.

  • Tuesday 5 March 2024
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Zoom (link to be announced).
    Visitors $10.
      Trigger for Today

    night garden

    Workshop for Today

    First Five Pages with Harriet Allan

    Harriet Allan, the former fiction editor and publisher at Penguin Random House NZ, whose ‘laying off’ last August led to a public outcry will host this workshop in preparation for IWW’s ’First Five Pages’ competition that she will judge. We are taking the rules for this competition from the international First Pages Prize where you are invited to enter your first five pages (1250 words) of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction.

  • Tuesday 19 March 2024
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
      Trigger for Today

    she could cook five things

    Workshop for Today

    Results of the Ekphrastic Writing competition judged by popular vote with compere John Leyland.
    There will be reading from those present who entered, followed by a writing activity and sharing of work.

    Competition Due Today

    Memoir based on "My first ..." theme - 500 words to be judged by Bronwyn Bryant.

    This competition is open to paid up members for 2024 only.

    Hand in at the meeting, email or post to the IWW Competition Secretary. Entries must arrive by the morning of the workshop when the comptetion is due.
    Rules: Click here
    Cover Sheet: Click here