ExpiredThe 2021 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

  • 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

Register below for the 2021 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat happening from 26-28 February 2021 at El Rancho in Waikanae Beach on the Kāpiti Coast.

The Retreat fee covers the core morning workshop, afternoon discussions and all meals (morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner). Accommodation is additional. Book accommodation

Choose one of these six workshops when you register below:

Workshop 1: Writing the political (not Political): Pitfalls and Policy with Brannavan Gnanalingam (2 places left)

Workshop 2: This Place: World as Character with Cassie Hart (1 place left)

Workshop 3: Creating Your Writing Path with M. Darusha Wehm (2 places left)

Workshop 4: Big Picture and the Small Window with Pip Adam (Sold out)

Workshop 5: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Poem with Rob Hack (4 places left)

Workshop 6: There is No I in Essay with Rose Lu (Sold out)

Find out more about the workshops

Early Bird Rate available now until 31 December 2020.

Please note that there is a limit of 12 places/workshop. If your first preference has already sold out, we would recommend that you book for your second preference now and in the registration form, select your first preference. If a space becomes available, it will go to the first person on the waitlist. Alternatively, you can email us.

Payment Options

You can pay the full amount up front or a $50 deposit to confirm your place. The remainder is due two weeks before the Retreat begins. 

See full terms and conditions

Scholarship & Volunteering

Each year we offer full and partial scholarships. We also have several volunteer openings available over the weekend. Applications are open until 15 January 2021. Find out more

Accommodation Options

Onsite accommodation is additional, please visit the accommodation page to book.

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58 Weggery Drive, Waikanae Beach, Wellington, New Zealand


The Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat is held at Elm Lodge, one of the complexes at El Rancho, a large camp situated on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast. The tree-lined grounds curve along the Waikanae river and the centre is within walking distance of Waikanae Beach and the Waikanae Beach village shops.

Elm Lodge has ramps and accessible toilets throughout the complex. There is parking on all sides of the complex to assist anyone with difficulties walking long distances. The dining area is about 200 m away and there is parking available there, should you need to drive between the two sites.

Meals are provided by Writers Practice and El Rancho. Please provide your dietary requirements when you register and these will be catered for wherever possible. Unfortunately, El Rancho is only able to cater for vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets.

Wi-Fi cards are available to purchase from the El Rancho office.

El Rancho is a drug and alcohol-free environment.

If you have any other needs you can mention these in the registration form and we will do our best to accommodate these.

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