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

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  • 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

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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 … Painting over the Photo – Fiction in a real life landscape.Read More »

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

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  • Day 1
    October 20, 2021
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Day 2
    October 27, 2021
    10:00 am - 12:00 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 2022 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

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  • Kapiti Writer's Retreat - Day 1, 2022
    February 25, 2022
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Kapiti Writer's Retreat - Day 2, 2022
    February 26, 2022
    7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Kapiti Writer's Retreat - Day 3, 2022
    February 27, 2022
    7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for the 2022 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 2022 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat Accommodation Options

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  • The 2022 Kāpiti Writers' Retreat
    February 25, 2022 - February 27, 2022
    5:30 pm

Due to the current situation with omicron, we have had to make the hard decision to cancel the 2022 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat. The main motivation when considering and ultimately making this is the safety of people at the retreat and everyone traveling to and from Kāpiti. We will be rescheduling to February 2023. If you … The 2022 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat Accommodation OptionsRead More »

Where we Belong: Writing about Food and Place

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  • Where we Belong: Writing about Food and Place
    April 30, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

What does home mean to you? A kitchen, a coastline, an urban landscape? How does our sense of belonging shift and change over time? In this workshop we will examine the relationship between memory and belonging through writing about food and place. We will consider how ‘nature writing’ can encompass all kinds of writing about … Where we Belong: Writing about Food and PlaceRead More »

After the First Draft

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  • After the First Draft
    May 21, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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This is a course for writers of long and short fiction who have new work in progress that they’re looking to develop beyond a first draft. We will be reading published stories, and then using them as blueprints to examine our own work by way of writing exercises. These are stories and exercises I turn … After the First DraftRead More »

Humour in Fiction – Online

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  • Humour in Fiction Day 1
    June 28, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Humour in Fiction Day 2
    July 5, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Humour has the unusual effect of stopping or slowing the narrative. Used in the right way it can also sweeten areas that are dark or political. In this workshop, we will be looking at the ways humour can be used in literature, and methods you can use to incorporate it into narratives. We will look … Humour in Fiction – OnlineRead More »

Process and Play

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  • Process and Play Day 1
    July 23, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Process and Play Day 2
    July 24, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

This two-day workshop will aim to hone in on the places where creativity comes from within ourselves, including sensory experiences, memories, and the various forms of inspiration we carry with us. We will focus on process rather than product, getting back to what first drove us to create before we developed an inner critic or … Process and PlayRead More »