ExpiredPure Psychic Automatism – Writing from Surrealist and Magical Realist Influences

  • 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

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 the wind. Join us as we read authors such as André Breton, Leonora Carrington, Richard Brautigan and Samuel Beckett. This workshop will also feature collaborative work using surrealist games and techniques developed during the surrealist movement, as well as exercises inspired by the work of surrealist and related writers. A great workshop for all who wish to extend their writing, to embrace the strange, and work on their potential to describe the indescribable.

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

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the first session of the workshop will be held upstairs at the Waikanae Baptist Church Hall and that unfortunately there is no elevator access.

Some feedback from participants in Ruby’s earlier workshop Walking Backwards into the Future:

I loved Walking Backwards into the Future. We packed a lot into the two-day workshop and I really enjoyed the exploration of different frameworks when it comes to writing about time. Ruby was very approachable and knowledgable, and gained our trust right from the get go. The group I did the workshop with were open and involved, and I left feeling inspired and motivated. I think we all got something out of our two days with Ruby.

A generous and provocative presenter. Created such a safe space for all of us to be ourselves, speak and write from the heart, and be encouraged to write more. The writer in me feels nourished and uplifted. Thank you.


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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.