The 2019 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

The 2019 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

Immerse yourself in writing and conversation this summer. There’s something for everyone–whether you’re new to writing, an established writer, or somewhere in-between.
Dates: 22-24 February 2019
Location: El Rancho, Kāpiti Coast, New Zealand
Registration:  Register securely online or contact kirsten@kahini.org with any other questions.

Join us for the 2019 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. Read about last year’s event here.

Kahini is delighted to host six established New Zealand writers–Brannavan Gnanalingam, James George, Lynn Jenner, Mandy Hager, Vana Manasiadis and Whiti Hereaka–at the 2019 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat. Each writer will teach morning workshops: in fiction, poetry, mixed genre, manuscript development and dialogue. In the afternoons they will lead discussions on topics pertinent to craft and literature in Aotearoa. (Read descriptions of the workshops, afternoon discussions and teachers below.)Talking

All writers are welcome, at whatever stage you are in your writing life. You’ll find community, encouragement, and a safe place in which to take artistic risks. Please contact Kirsten at kirsten@kahini.org for more information. Register for the Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat!

 

 

programme

Friday, 22 February
5:30 pm: Welcome
7 pm: Dinner
8:30 pm: Freewrite with Helen Lehndorf (optional)

Saturday, 23 February
7 am: Gentle morning yoga with Helen Lehndorf (optional)
8 am: Breakfast
9 am–12:30 pm: Morning workshop (morning tea break included)
12:30 pm–1:30 pm: Lunch
2 pm–3 pm: Afternoon sessions: Fiction Writing as a Form of Activism & You Can Play in Many Sandpits
3 pm–4 pm: Afternoon sessions: How to Be a Better Reader & In the Footsteps Of.
4 pm–5 pm: Workshop check-in
5:30 pm: Dinner
8 pm–9 pm: Open mike readings (optional)

Sunday, 24 February
7 am: Gentle morning yoga with Helen Lehndorf (optional)
8 am: Breakfast
9 am–12:30 pm: Morning workshop (morning tea break included)
12:30 pm–1:30 pm: Lunch
2 pm–3 pm: Afternoon sessions: Putting Stories Together & On the Concept of the Virtual Residency
3 pm: Closing

morning workshops

The Retreat is centred around core morning workshops which offer writers the space to delve into a specific topic or genre with one of six established writers. The 7.5 hours of workshop are spread over two mornings and include an afternoon check-in, allowing participants to engage, reflect and delve into the writing. There are no minimum requirements for attendance. Workshops will have a maximum of twelve participants. Select your workshop when you register.

Interested in coming along but not sure which workshop would best fit with you? Email Kirsten at kirsten@kahini.org for more information, suggestions, or to have questions answered.