Each year we bring you the Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat. An opportunity to immerse yourself in writing and conversation every summer. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re new to writing, an established writer, or somewhere in-between.

February 2022, Waikanae Beach

We have just finished the 2021 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat, with our biggest gathering yet. Participants from across the country came together to renew and recharge their writing and writing 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. 

Writers Practice was delighted to host six contemporary New Zealand writers – Brannavan Gnanalingam, Cassie Hart, Darusha Wehm, Pip Adam, Rob Hack and Rose Lu – at the 2021 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat. Each writer taught morning workshops: in fiction, essay, poetry, setting and choosing your own creative path. In the afternoons, they led discussions on topics pertinent to craft and literature in Aotearoa. Learn more about the teaching writers and their sessions.

The Kāpiti Coast is the perfect place to ground yourself and your writing by the saltiness of the sea to the west, and the bird song from the canopy of native bush that cover its mountains to the east.

All writers are welcome, at whatever stage you are in your writing life. Keep an eye out for announcements about 2022, you’ll find community, encouragement and a safe place in which to take artistic risks. 

Scholarship and volunteer opportunities are available.

Eating at the Kāpiti Writers' Retreat
Chatting outside