The 2017 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat: A Recap

Over 60 writers from across Aotearoa gathered to workshop, talk and get stuck into writing at the second-annual Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat. From established writers to people just starting out, there was a space for everyone to develop an existing idea, start a new project or just pick up a pen (or start pressing those keys!).

Talking Hard at work

“The Kahini Retreat is the ultimate recharge for writers of all levels. It provides community (Wow! So, this is how writers en masse behave – cool!), structured workshops, the time, space and impetus to write, entertainment in the form of the readings of others, and inspiration. Everywhere you turn, there’s an interesting conversation to be had, and the body is taken care of with yoga, great food, fine facilities, and gorgeous surroundings to rest in and explore. I came away with a renewed dedication to bear witness to the voices that can certainly be heard by listening, and conviction that emotional honesty is the key to connection across diversity. Meeting so many published writers also gave me a inspiring sense of what is possible. Most tangibly, I have several drafts to progress with, and even a couple of finished pieces. Looking forward to the next Kahini.”  ~Bee Trudgeon


“Space and time to write, think writing, talk writing, away from the bustle and commitments of everyday life is a fantastic gift. I’ve come away with new friends, new ideas, and new tools to enrich my writing. Thank you, Kahini.”  ~Trish Veltman

“The Kahini Kapiti Writers retreat was an event that went well beyond my expectations. The enthusiasm and knowledge presented was inspiring.”  ~Liz Homes

Talk at the tablesWriting

“Stimulating, interesting and well worth while. You couldn’t meet a nicer group of people.” Lesley Webb

Find out more about the 2017 event here. The 2018 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat will happen from 23-25 February 2018. Find out more and register now

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