ExpiredPainting over the Photo – Fiction in a real life landscape.

  • Painting over the Photo - Day 1
    October 9, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Painting over the Photo - Day 2
    October 16, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join Wellington novelist Sue Orr for this two-day workshop, exploring ways in which fiction can be grafted onto the canvas of non-fictional life to create exciting contemporary narrative. Writers will engage with each other to kickstart their fiction, then turn to the real world for inspiration allowing the work take flight.

This course is for both novice and experienced fiction writers keen to experiment with writing fiction against a real life landscape.

You will be writing a fictional scene based on another person’s profound experience, then developing that scene by grafting it on to a true-life landscape. You will leave the second workshop with the solid beginning of a unique fictional story set against a real, recognisable landscape – ready for you to develop further into either short or long form story.

Limit of 12 participants. Please fill out this form to apply for a scholarship

If we are unable to meet in person due to raised alert levels, then this workshop will be offered online. 


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286 Te Moana Road, Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand


We use two spaces at the Waikanae Baptist Church, both are warm and naturally lit. The first is the ground floor meeting room, with a separate open plan dining area, with access to a garden area. If this is unavailable, we use the upstairs meeting room which a modern, well lit self-contained space.


The venue has a ramp to enter the building and an accessible toilet.
The dining area is a reasonable distance from the meeting room but food can be brought to a participant who is unable to walk there.
The upstairs room is only accessibly by stairs. Wherever possible, we use the ground floor option.

Getting there

Please drive around the back of the venue and enter through the left hand door. The meeting room is the first room on the left.


Refreshments are provided as part of the session. If you have any dietary requirements please mention these when you register.