The 2020 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat is open for registrations

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: 28 February – 1 March 2020
Location: El Rancho, Kāpiti Coast, New Zealand
Registration: Register securely online or contact with any other questions.

Join us for the 2020 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 established and award-winning New Zealand writers – Anahera Gildea, Catherine Chidgey, Chris Tse, Kerry Lane, Paddy Richardson and Pip Desmond – at the 2020 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat. Each writer will teach morning workshops: in fiction, poetry, lyric essay, creative non-fiction, world building and editing. In the afternoons, they will lead discussions on topics pertinent to craft and literature in Aotearoa.

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.

Find out more or register here

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Registration Open for the April Poetry Symposium

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April 5-11, 2020
Location: Po’ipū, Kaua’i
Faculty: Kim Addonizio
Contact: or 360.531.1472
Accommodations: Both shared and private villas available.

Live and write for a week among the hibiscus, plumeria, and sunsets of the Garden Isle of Kaua’i.

Limited to twelve poets only, the 2020 April Poetry Symposium is all about deep craft instruction, a community of fellow poets, and the inspiration of time and space to work on your writing: all set amidst the beauty and tranquility of Kaua’i’s south shore. Learn more! 

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Exploring Sound Features in Poetry

Date: 9:30am – 4pm, Saturday 8 June 2019
Location: Waikanae Baptist Church, Te Moana Road, Waikanae
Faculty: Airini Beautrais
Cost: $86.25 including lunch
To register contact:

Sometimes the quest for meaning can shift the focus away from sound in a poem. In this workshop we will go back to words as the building blocks of poems and explore different ways to approach sound. We will look at examples of aural techniques used by different poets over time. We will develop ways to infuse our writing practice with the weird and the unexpected, and move past familiar and habitual modes.

Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at

Airini Beautrais lives in Whanganui. She is the author of four collections of poetry, all published by Victoria University Press, most recently Flow: Whanganui River Poems (2017). She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Airini’s thesis looked at narrative in contemporary long poems and poem sequences.


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