Manawatu Writers’ Festival is a four-day rich mind-feast for readers and writers. This year, the festival will be held in venues in Feilding and Palmerston North. A programme of activities in each centre will be released soon.


The official opening will be held at Feilding Library on Friday, September 8. The programme begins on Saturday morning with a panel session on ‘Writing Family History’, and concurrent sessions at other Feilding venues. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are all jam-packed with good stuff! 

Some of the other treats available during the four days include workshops, readings and performances, and high calibre speakers presenting interesting sessions for readers, writers, and would-be writers. These include romance writing, travel, NZ social history, crime writing, script readings from aspiring playwrights, a steampunk novelist, a literary assessor, graphic novels, writing for children, young adult novels, advice from a bookseller, writing erotica, and writing for social change. Details of sessions will be added as information becomes available.

And it’s all FREE! There is no registration fee, and every session is free to attendees. As far as we know, this is the only free festival of its type in NZ. This will be good news for people travelling from other regions for the event. For more information, email

The ethos of the Manawatu Writers’ Festival is for this event to be accessible and welcoming to people from all walks of life, from all our communities.

This writers’ festival is inclusive, educative and celebratory. The intention is to shift perceptions that a writers’ event is for the middle class ‘literary elite’.

The event provides a space for a vibrant ‘cross-pollination’ of inspiration, ideas, information, humour and encouragement. Shy writers hiding notes and poems in a drawer can listen and talk to established authors; readers, beginners, journalists, poets, academics and authors keen to stretch their creative horizons – all have the opportunity to join discussion sessions, seminars and workshops.

Please consider joining us at the Festival in September 2018 and become a ‘Friend of the Festival’