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 up to October have been reorganised due to the Covid-19 situation and are listed below, though there may be further changes as the year goes on.
  • May 19th and June 2nd 2020 meetings
    Venue: Online
     
      The online meetings will be held via Zoom - the Web Conferencing portal. The details of these two meetings (log-ins, passwords, etc) will be sent out nearer the time. In these online meetings, everyone will have an opportunity to read their Triggers.

    The Trigger word for May 19th is: Solid as a Rock
    The Trigger word for June 2nd is: Hot and Heavy

    The Tuesday Chat


    One of our members used the phrase "family" when describing the IWW group and the nature of our membership means that many people enjoy the social dynamics of interacting with like-minded individuals. To preserve this, we propose to hold "The Tuesday Chat" by telephone where we try and replicate the 10:00 to 10:30 section of our normal meeting. Should you wish to participate, you can send in your phone number and you will be connected with a different member each Tuesday and you can ring one another and have a chat. This might be about writing, or it might just be about the state of the world. The more we listen and the more we connect, the more we learn. So, if you are interested to have a Tuesday chat, please email president@iww.co.nz with your phone number and we'll set you up to have a telephone chat with another IWW member.

  • Tuesday 16 June 2020
    Workshop Meeting

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

    Superfluous

    Workshop for Today

    Poetry with Siobhan Harvey

    Siobhan Harvey lectures at the Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology, and is a distinguished IWW member. She was the 2019 winner of the Kathleen Grattan Award for a sequence of poems, among numerous other awards. Her poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in journals and anthologies in New Zealand, Australia, America, United Kingdom and Europe. She is the author of two poetry collections, and editor of numerous collections.
    Find out more about Siobhan at Siobhan Harvey

  • Tuesday July 7 2020
    Workshop Meeting

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

    Spider

    Workshop for Today

    The business of Publishing Workshop with Karen McKenzie.

    Karen McKenzie has worked with authors as diverse as John Grisham, Ken Follett, Stephenie Meyer, Anita Shreve, Nicholas Sparks, Mitch Albom, Jeffery Deaver, Alexander McCall Smith, Kate Mosse, Ian Rankin, Donovan Bixley, Andy Griffiths, Julia Donaldson, Karyn Hay, Pete Evans, Sarah Wilson and Lola Berry. Prior to joining Lighthouse PR six years ago, Karen was a publicist at Hachette New Zealand. She was also Sales and Marketing Manager for Anne Geddes Publishing, and she has extensive experience of working at the Frankfurt Book Fair and with international publishers. Karen has a Diploma of Professional Writing and an Advanced Diploma of Applied Arts (Writing). She is also a published author under the name ‘Karen McMillan’ and you can find out more about her writing at Karen McMillan.

  • Tuesday 21 July 2020
    Workshop Meeting

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

    Abominable

    Workshop for Today

    Mystery story (with focus on character development) with Nathan Blackwell.

    Nathan Blackwell was raised on Auckland's North Shore and attended Westlake Boys' High School before commencing a ten-year career in the New Zealand Police. Seven of those years were spent as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch, where he was exposed to human nature at its strongest and bravest, but also at its most depraved and horrific. Because some of his work was conducted covertly, Nathan chooses to hide his true identity.
    Find out more about Nathan at nathan-blackwell.com

  • Tuesday 4 August 2020
    Mid Winter Christmas Celebration Lunch

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

    Beads of Sweat

    Come along and celebrate with IWW members. Details to follow.

  • Tuesday 18 August 2020
    Workshop Meeting

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

    Poem of 100 words (IWW's nod to Poetry Day)

    Workshop for Today

    Writing Workshop

    The workshop and presenter are being arranged, details to follow.

  • Tuesday 1 September 2020
    Annual General Meeting and Workshop

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

      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.


      This will be followed by a shortened workshop meeting as follows ...

        Trigger for Today

      Done Deal

      Workshop

      Details of the workshop to follow.


    • Tuesday 15 September 2020

      Workshop Meeting

      Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
       
        Trigger for Today

      "Pear, Pair, Pare" in any order

      Workshop

      Results of the Mystery Writing Competition with Nathan Blackwell.