Space and time to renew and recharge your writing and your writing life

The Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat was established in 2014 to provide writers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in writing with their writing peers. Whether you are creating new work, revising existing pieces or getting feedback from others on a complex craft or writing issue, you can delve into your writing and writing practice with other writers.

Sixty to seventy writers from across the country travel to the Kāpiti Coast each year to participate in the three-day event held next to the beautiful Waikanae river, an area sacred to haukāinga, Te Ati Awa.

Core to the weekend is the morning workshop led by one of six contemporary writers who represent modern literature in Aotearoa. This intensive craft-driven weekend-long workshop encourages participants to dive into a particular craft or writing-related topic. This component is supported by lively afternoon discussions, free writing sessions, open mic, and the opportunity to relax and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings whether through lying in the sun, going for a walk by the river, or even a quick dip in the sea!

The Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat is the ultimate recharge for writers of all levels. It provides community (Wow! So, this is how writers en masse behave – cool!), structured workshops, the time, space and impetus to write, entertainment in the form of the readings of others, and inspiration. Everywhere you turn, there’s an interesting conversation to be had, and the body is taken care of with yoga, great food, fine facilities, and gorgeous surroundings to rest in and explore. I came away with a renewed dedication to bear witness to the voices that can certainly be heard by listening, and conviction that emotional honesty is the key to connection across diversity. Meeting so many published writers also gave me a inspiring sense of what is possible. Most tangibly, I have several drafts to progress with, and even a couple of finished pieces. Looking forward to the next Writers Practice event.’

Bee Trudgeon, Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat participant

Find out more and register for the 2024 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

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