The festival may return 2020 or 2021.

Manawatu Writers’ Festival is for writers, readers and would-be writers, featuring workshops, talks, readings, panel discussions, seminars and performances on a wide range of topics, presented by top-notch New Zealand authors.

The purpose of this Festival is to encourage connection between writers and readers; to promote, encourage and support aspiring writers; to encourage reading, literacy and an appreciation of literature in the community; and to promote the development of a community of writers who can support one another in the future.

The next festival will be held in venues in Feilding.