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Walking Backwards Into The Future

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  • Walking Backwards Into The Future - Day 1
    October 24, 2020
    10:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Walking Backwards Into The Future - Day 2
    October 31, 2020
    10:30 am - 4:30 pm

In this two-day workshop we will look at different time scales across works of writing, different tohu or signs of time periods or time passing, and challenging each other to remove or recenter time within our writing.

Kickstarter: Get that story out of your head and onto the page!

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  • Day 1
    November 21, 2020
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Day 2
    November 28, 2020
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Do you have a story you’re burning to tell but don’t know how to tackle it? In this two-day workshop you’ll learn how to centre a story around a point of view character, tying plot, character and theme together to create a unified whole.

The 2021 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

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  • Kapiti Writer's Retreat - Day 1, 2021
    February 26, 2021 - February 28, 2021
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Kapiti Writer's Retreat - Day 2, 2021
    February 26, 2021 - February 28, 2021
    7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Kapiti Writer's Retreat - Day 3, 2021
    February 26, 2021 - February 28, 2021
    7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for the 2021 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat and renew and recharge your writing and your life. The Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat is an immersive two-day gathering for writers, happening on the Kāpiti Coast. The retreat includes intensive morning workshops, lively afternoon discussions and space to write, relax and engage with topics critical to your work. 

The 2021 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat Accommodation Options

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  • The 2021 Kāpiti Writers' Retreat
    February 26, 2021 - February 28, 2021
    5:30 pm

Stay with us for the 2021 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat and renew and recharge your writing and your life. If you are booking two people in a shared room, please select two shared room spaces. If you wish to share a room with a friend, you can let us know who when you register. … The 2021 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat Accommodation OptionsRead More »

Pure Psychic Automatism – Writing from Surrealist and Magical Realist Influences

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  • Pure Psychic Automatism Day 1
    April 10, 2021
    10:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Pure Psychic Automatism Day 2
    April 17, 2021
    10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Teacher

The written word is powerful, but it is also a chance to play and create things which we cannot have in our real lives. More so, it is a place to create things that are impossible even to think about; overripe stones, long hair always full of nocturnal animals, and sugar set fragily ajar by … Pure Psychic Automatism – Writing from Surrealist and Magical Realist InfluencesRead More »

Some Exercises for the Poetic Muscle

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  • Some Exercises for the Poetic Muscle
    May 29, 2021
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Teacher

This workshop will examine sample poems, discuss elements of craft and explore the way certain poems are inspired, written and edited. Come with paper and pen or digital device prepared to experiment with writing exercises and write new poems. We’ll look at a a range of poems by various poets, including Robert Hass, Hone Tuwhare, … Some Exercises for the Poetic MuscleRead More »

Walking Backwards Into The Future – Online

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  • Walking Backwards Into The Future Day 1
    June 2, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Walking Backwards Into The Future Day 2
    June 9, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Teacher

In te ao Māori, we say that we walk backwards into the future. We look forward into the past as the promises of the future blossom behind our backs, their petals blowing past us on the winds of time.  Time is often thought of as one of the main elements of story. But what happens when … Walking Backwards Into The Future – OnlineRead More »

Memories, Reliable and Otherwise


  • Memories, Reliable and Otherwise Day 1
    July 24, 2021
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Memories, Reliable and Otherwise Day 2
    July 31, 2021
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Teacher

An online version of Gigi Fenster’s popular two-day writing workshop for writers of all genres. ‘I don’t remember anything,’ my 85 year old mother said to me recently. ‘I might as well not have lived.’ Our memories give us our identity. They define who we are and how we behave in the world. And they … Memories, Reliable and OtherwiseRead More »

Poetry as Spell-Casting


  • Poetry as Spell-Casting Day 1
    August 14, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Poetry as Spell-Casting Day 2
    August 28, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A poem is a type of spell, using words to shapeshift and enchant. In this workshop we will explore, in writing, readings, and discussion, how poems cast spells through transformation, surprise, incantation, and evocation. On both days we will workshop poems in the afternoon. What we noticed were pipistrelles: cinder-like, friable; flickering the place hained … Poetry as Spell-CastingRead More »