Writing has the power to bring communities together.
Mosaic communities are enriched and nourished by people meeting, having fun and dialogue in a safe environment. This event offers an opportunity for all readers and writers – anyone with a passion or curiosity about the craft of writing, the arts and plain human interest to connect, enjoy time with authors and informative speakers.
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.
Feilding is the location for the event. Feilding is relatively central Manawatu. The town services a wide radius of the rural population, with a changing demographic as new arrivals discover the benefits of living in Manawatu. Feilding survives and thrives on a foundation of gumption, heart and creative thinking. New residents from larger cities, and people wanting a fresh start, add new aspects of creativity. Let’s celebrate that creativity and become known as a town that can be seen to provide a supportive environment for writers, and the Arts.
The programme offers an exciting lineup of 37 sessions, with authors, poets and speakers from the region and beyond, presenting talks, workshops and seminars, with up-to-date information, with a wide range of topics and genres.
Free! No overall registration fee.
With the exception of $10 cover charge for the official opening (with guest speakers), the five-day mind-feast of authors, poets, speakers, seminars, panel discussions and workshops are free to attend.
A few special activities, which are presented by private artists, as adjuncts to the Manawatu Writers’ Festival, may require a nominal charge.