The Writing Workshop Where We Don’t Write

Dates:  10-2 pm Saturday, 26 September; and Saturday, 3 October
Faculty: Pip Adam
Location:  Thistle Hall
Cost: $80 nzd

Class Description:

This class explores what happens when we take away the dominant tool of our craft. When we try to create story without chasing, capturing or displaying it in writing. We will explore story through alternative literacies such as picture, sound, touch and movement.

The workshop is designed for people who write and want to approach their writing from different experience and perspective, and people who do not write, creatively or at all, but want to explore ways of creating story. There are no special skills required, the newer you are to the literacies you attempt the more you will get out of the course.

This is an intensely practical two-day workshop. Our first day will be spent experimenting with several exercises that challenge us to create story through a variety of alternative literacies. We’ll then go away for a week and develop one of the ‘stories’ we have created from the exercises. The following week, we will meet again and share our work and experience with each other, attempting to workshop the work we have created.

26 Saturday: 10-2pm – Introduction, exercises and feedback
3 October 10-2pm – Sharing work and then workshop

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

pipPip Adam received an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University in 2007, and a PhD in 2012. Her work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Landfall, Lumière Reader, Hue & Cry, Metro and Blackmail Press. She received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award in 2012. Her first collection of short stories, “Everything We Hoped For” (Victoria University Press) won the NZ Post Best First Book Award in 2011. In 2013, Victoria University Press published Pip’s first novel I’m Working on a Building. Pip convenes an undergraduate short fiction workshop at the IIML at Victoria University, works with creative writing students from Whitireia Community Polytechnic, and teaches writing at Massey University. Over the last year she has been teaching a creative writing class at Arohata Prison in Wellington. Check out Better Off Read: A Podcast About Reading and Writing at: