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 programme for 2022 is listed below.

  • Tuesday 3 May 2022
    Workshop Meeting

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

    Up the Mountain

    Workshop for Today

    Long Writing Workshop with Scott Butler.

    Scott Butler has written two novels and is a recipient of the 2022 Writers in Residence opportunities at the Michael King Writers Centre. Find out more about Scott at Scott Butler

    Competition Due Today

    Poetry: one Long and one Short Poem to be judged by Trixi Rosa.

    This competition is open to paid up members for 2022 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 17 May 2022
    Workshop Meeting

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

    Oh Please, Not Again

    Workshop

    Learn about Self-Publishing with Cheryl Phipps.

    Cheryl Phipps is a USA Today best-selling romance author, and hosts a weekly podcast on self publishing. Find out more about Cheryl at Cheryl Phipps


  • Tuesday June 7th 2022
    Mid-Winter Trip

    Venue: The Wallace Arts Centre
     
      Combine art and writing on a visit to the Wallace Arts Centre in Hillsborough

    Trigger for Today

    Diaphanous


  • Tuesday 21 June 2022
    Workshop Meeting

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

    Passivity

    Workshop for Today

    Travel Writing with Yvonne van Dongen

    Yvonne Van Dongen teaches travel writing at the University of Auckland and Selwyn College in Kohimarama, and lives in Auckland City. Yvonne has been a travel editor and writer for over 20 years; edited the travel section of the largest newspaper in New Zealand and the country's first glossy magazine dedicated to travel. She’s worked overseas, won numerous travel writing awards, including a fellowship to study travel writing at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.


  • Tuesday 5 July 2022
    Workshop Meeting

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

    The Day After

    Workshop for Today

    Kathleen Grattan Poetry Sequence Workshop with Judge of the Kathleen Grattan Prize

    Competition Due Today

    Longer Writing Competition to be judged by Scott Butler.

    This competition is open to paid up members for 2022 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 19 July 2022
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

    Veritable

    Workshop for Today

    Results of one Long and one Short Poem Competition judged by Trixi Rosa.


  • Tuesday 2 August 2022
    Workshop Meeting

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

    Discovered

    Workshop for Today

    Play writing with Gary Henderson

    Gary Henderson is a New Zealand playwright, director and writing teacher whose work is produced locally and internationally. His scripts have been published by Playmarket in NZ, and by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in London. Find out more about Gary at Gary Henderson

    Competition Due Today

    Travel Writing Competition to be judged by Yvonne van Dongen.

    This competition is open to paid up members for 2022 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 16 August 2022
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

    There is no trigger as we celebrate National Poetry Day with poems of up to 100 words

    Workshop for Today

    Results of Longer Writing Competition judged by Scott Butler.


  • Tuesday 6 September 2022
    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 2021 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 16th August 2022 – 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

    Snakes

    Workshop

    Details to be confirmed


  • Tuesday 20 September 2022
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

    Magnanimous

    Workshop for Today

    Results of Travel Writing Competition judged by Yvonne Van Dongen.

    Competition Due Today

    Play Writing Competition to be judged by Gary Henderson.

    This competition is open to paid up members for 2022 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 4 October 2022
    Workshop Meeting

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

    Green

    Workshop for Today

    Science Fiction writing with Convenor to be confirmed


  • Tuesday 18 October 2022
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.
     
      Trigger for Today

    Just Breathe

    Workshop for Today


    Results of Play Writing Competition judged by Gary Henderson.


  • Tuesday 1 November 2022
    Workshop Meeting

    Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Aidans.

      Trigger for Today

    Suspicious

    Planning workshop for 2023

    Planning

    1. Planning. Think about what workshops and competitions you would like in 2023. Suggestions for tutors and judges too please.

    2. Triggers. Get creative with the triggers for 2023.


  • Tuesday 15 November 2022
    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 2022
    • Announcement of winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence Poems with judge of the 2022 competition followed by readings from the winning sequence.
    • Performance of the winning play from the Play writing competition

    •  
    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 iww-writers@outlook.com by 8 November or in person at the 1 November meeting.