Scholarships & Volunteering

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 have already registered, you should have received an email about your refund. If not, please email us. Link here to Connect with Us

We’re aware that cost may be a barrier for some people and offer limited discounted and free places for writers who would like to attend but for whatever reason are unable to afford the full fee.

If you would like to assist in running the event we are also looking for several volunteers. We can offer a free place to participants in return for your help over the weekend. The place includes participation in one of the morning workshops.

Tasks include packing in/out, food preparation, setting up workshop or discussion spaces, managing registration desk/book store, cleaning and driving (only if you have a full licence and are over 25). There is a reasonable amount of physical work involved but we can find alternative jobs if you are unable to complete some tasks. Volunteering shifts are usually held between 2pm on the first day of the Retreat until 4pm on Sunday (25-27 February 2022). Feel free to email if you have other questions before signing up.

Please note applications close on 31 December 2021

Please note that El Rancho requires all visitors to their premises to show their vaccine pass when arriving.

Please complete the form below to register your interest for a scholarship or volunteer opportunity.

Kāpiti Writers Retreat Scholarship/Volunteering Form

  • Please tell us your first two preferences. The workshops are: After the First Draft with Chloe Lane, Ekphrastic conversations with Sinead Overbye, Writing about nature while the world is burning with Rebecca Priestley, Turning the personal into (good) poetry with Therese Lloyd, Te Puna Ariā: The pool of ideas with Nic Lowe, Voice in personal essay and multiple narrative with Gem Wilder
  • We provide full and partial scholarships. Please let us know what is realistic for you (if anything). We understand that are additional costs involved such as travel). We are also open to exchanges of time, resources or other ideas.