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. 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

  • Tuesday 5 February 2019
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Our first meeting of 2019 - come along with your subs for the year.

    Trigger for Today

    '... ripening ...'

    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

    Ongoing Writers Journal - IWW is setting a members challenge this year for an ongoing writers journal to be unveiled at the end of the year. This is an interactive workshop and we welcome input from everyone. We'll discuss what to keep in your writers journal - be it a record of your IWW triggers; the moment you think up a new idea; a snippet of conversation overheard on a bus or in a cafe. We'll talk about how to keep a writers journal and debate whether in this techno-savvy age, a digital journal only would be OK. Bring along any existing journals or ideas.

    And because it is the first meeting of 2019 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 19 February 2018
    Workshop Meeting

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

    '... Hakuna Matata ...'


    Workshop for Today

    Travel writing with Joanna (Jo) Wane.

    Jo is North & South magazine's deputy editor and an award winning travel writer with one of her major awards the 2017 Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year. Her workshop will include her tips for the IWW travel story competition of 800-1200 words due on 19 March with the results on 16 April.

    Competition Due Today

    Flash Fiction - 250 words, to be judged by Anita Arlov.

    In 2018 Anita won the National Flash Fiction Day Competition with He She It They and her flash Ming the Other won the Auckland Regional Prize the same year. In 2017 she was highly commended in the NZ Flash Fiction Competition with Bird Man in Aotea Square and was also the winner of the Divine Muses New Voices Emerging Poet competition.
    There is no workshop for the Flash Fiction competition but Anita’s Top Ten Tips for writing flash were published in our December 2018 newsletter.
    If you want a copy of the newsletter, email iww-writers@outlook.com.

    This competion is open to paid up members for 2019 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


  • Tuesday 5 March 2019
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

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    Workshop for Today

    Results of the 250-word Flash Fiction with Anita Arlov.


  • Tuesday 19 March 2019
    Workshop Meeting

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

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    Workshop for Today

    Planning Your Writing with Keitha Smith

    Keitha touched on this topic in her workshop in 2018 and by poular demand she is returning to workshop with us the planning of our writing. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction or poetry, this workshop will help you keep on focussed on your writing goals ahead.

    Competition Due Today

    Travel Story - 800-1200 words, to be judged by Joanna Wane.

    This competion is open to paid up members for 2019 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


  • Tuesday 2 April 2019
    Workshop Meeting

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

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    Workshop for Today

    Writing for Children with Judy Lawn - judylawn.com.

    Judy has just published her new book, The Children’s Author: how to write picture books, short stories, chapter books and YA. While Judy will briefly cover all forms of writing for children, the IWW competition is for Kidult, which is a young adults story that can be enjoyed by older readers. The length for the competition is 2000 words or thereabouts, or could be an excerpt of that length from a book-length work in progress. This is where to enter your fantasy or sci-story this year. The competition due date is 7 May and the results session will be on 4 June.


  • Tuesday 16 April 2019
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

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    Workshop for Today

    Results of the Travel Story with Joanna Wane.


  • Tuesday 7 May 2019
    Workshop Meeting

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

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    Workshop for Today

    Romance Writing with Louisa George.

    Louise is a writer of flirty romance and also has a BA in Communication Studies, which bodes well for a presenter. You are encouraged to check out her comprehensive website louisageorge.com for her books, bio and blog. Due on 4 June with results date and lenth of story to be confirmed.

    Competition Due Today

    Kidult (young adult) story approximately 2000 words, to be judged by Judy Lawn. Results on 4 June.

    Open to paid up members for 2019 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


  • Tuesday 21 May 2019
    Workshop Meeting

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

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    Workshop for Today

    Exploring Poetry Forms.


  • Tuesday 4 June 2019
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

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    Workshop for Today

    Results of the Kidult Story with Judy Lawn.

    Competition Due Today

    Romance Story to be judged by Louisa George. Length to be confirmed.

    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


  • Tuesday 18 June 2019
    Workshop Meeting

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

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    Workshop for Today

    Short Story Fiction with Thalia Henry.

    Thalia’s debut novel, Beneath Pale Water evolved out of her play, Powdered Milk and is evocatively set in the South Island's Waitaki Valley and inland high country as well as Oamaru and Dunedin. Her novel won a gold medal at the 2018 Independent Book Publisher Awards. You can read more about Thalia’s book here.
    Thalia’s workshop is ‘Weaving Dialogue into Prose’ and is to prepare for the Short Story competition, 2000-3000 words where dialogue will be a key feature of the story. The due date is 2 July and Thalia will return with the results on the 6 August.

  • Tuesday 2 July 2019
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

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    Workshop for Today

    Results of the Romance Story competition with Louisa George (to be confirmed).


  • Tuesday 16 July 2019
    Workshop Meeting

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

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    Workshop for Today

    How to write a 'How To' article with Mariska Mannes.

    For something a little bit different, a ‘How To’ article has made its way on to the IWW Programme this year. Mariska is a communications consultant and lecturer and is a presenter on 104.6 Planet FM. The due date for the competition is 20 August with length and results date to be confirmed. Workshop Jul 16 /Due Date Aug 20 /Article length, and results date TBA

    Competition Due Today

    Short Story Fiction (2000-3000 words) to be judged by Thalia Henry. Results on 6 August.

    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


  • Tuesday 6 August 2019
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      100 Word Trigger

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    Workshop

    Results of the Short Story Fiction with Thalia Henry.