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 have moved !!!!! From September 2017 we are meeting in the downstairs Lindisfarne Room at St Aidans Church, 97 Onewa Road, Northcote, in September. Car entrance is via Woodside Ave.
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. Gold coin appreciated.

The Workshop starts at 10.30 am sharp and continues through to 12.30 pm.

Socialising and informal peer groups may continue for a short time afterwards.

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

  • Tuesday 5th September 2017
    AGM and Workshop

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans, 97 Onewa Road, Northcote - car park entrance in Woodside Ave.

    10 am:  Doors open to mix and mingle with fellow IWW writers. Tea and coffee available.

    10.30 am: Annual General Meeting

    Matters to be dealt with include:
    • Minutes of the 2016 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 15 August 2017.


    • Trigger / Exercise for today

      '... the move ...'

      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. Please record the number of words used.

      Workshop for Today

      Preliminary Planning Day - Let us know what workshops you want for next year.

      As this is a preliminary planning meeting, please also being a piece of your writing (other than the trigger) to read and share - perhaps something you are working on and would like feedback on, or a piece you are particularly proud of. It can be poetry, fiction or non-fiction - but please no longer than a page so everyone gets a chance to read :-)

    12.30 pm:  End of Meeting

  • Tuesday 19th September 2017
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

    10 am:  Doors open to mix and mingle with fellow IWW writers. Tea and coffee available – members feel free to bring a packet of biscuits or a gold coin is appreciated. Visitors $10.

    10.30 am: Trigger / Exercise for today

    '... cloud ...'

    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. Please record the number of words used.

    Workshop for Today

    Results of the 800-word travel story with Jill Malcolm.

    Readings from the winning stories and others if time.

    Competition Due Today

    Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction, up to 3000 words. Judge Fiona Sussman. Results on 17th October.

    Entries to be posted to IWW at PO Box 36652, Northcote, Auckland 0748 to arrive by the morning of the workshop when the PO Box will be cleared, or bring in person to the meeting.
    Rules: Click here
    Cover Sheet: Click here

    12.30 pm:  End of Meeting

  • Tuesday 3rd October 2017
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

    10 am:  Doors open to mix and mingle with fellow IWW writers. Tea and coffee available – members feel free to bring a packet of biscuits or a gold coin is appreciated. Visitors $10.

    10.30 am: Trigger / Exercise for today

    '... tba ...'

    Use this / these words 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. Please record the number of words used.

    Workshop for Today

    Workshop Exercise Day and Zine Showcase.

    We've been working on Zines all year, now it is time to unveil them. Bring along your zine - it doesn't matter how fancy or crude it is. Let this be a day of Zine Celebration.

    Competition Due Today

    The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems. Judge Robert Sullivan. Results on 21 November.

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

    Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems 2017 rules: Click here
    Two copies of the poem sequence are required and each entry must have the Kathleen Grattan Cover Sheet attached to it. : Click here

    Entries to be posted to IWW at PO Box 36652, Northcote, Auckland 0748 to arrive by the morning of 3rd Otcober 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.

    12.30 pm:  End of Meeting

  • Tuesday 17th October 2017
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

    10 am:  Doors open to mix and mingle with fellow IWW writers. Tea and coffee available – members feel free to bring a packet of biscuits or a gold coin is appreciated. Visitors $10.

    10.30 am: Trigger / Exercise for today

    '... paint ...'

    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. Please record the number of words used.

    Workshop for Today

    Results of the Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction with Fiona Sussman.

    Excerpt readings from the winning stories and others if time.

    12.30 pm:  End of Meeting

  • Tuesday 7th November 2017
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

    10 am:  Doors open to mix and mingle with fellow IWW writers. Tea and coffee available – members feel free to bring a packet of biscuits or a gold coin is appreciated. Visitors $10.

    10.30 am: Trigger / Exercise for today

    '... hand ...'

    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. Please record the number of words used.

    Workshop for Today

    We are delighted that vivacious Patti Clark will join IWW today to share her publishing journey. Hers is an inspirational story. Not to be missed.

    12.30 pm:  End of Meeting

  • Tuesday 21st November 2017
    Prize giving and End of Year Function

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

    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 2017
    • Announcement of winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence Poems with judge Robert Sullivan followed by readings from the winning sequence.
    • Something else night happen here - entertainment, a play.


    12.30 pm approx. Lunch

    Members: no charge but please 'bring a plate' of fingerfood suitable for this luncheon occasion. A clip board to indicate whether you are bringing sweet or savoury will be circulated at the November 1st meeting.
    Non-members: $10.

    To assist with set up and catering, please RSVP to iww-writers@outlook.com by November 15th, or in person at the November 7th meeting.