Planned for 2018

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Manawatu Writers’ Festival, our proactive Project Team is hard at work organizing this year’s festival.
This year, the Manawatu Writers’ Festival will be held in Feilding and Palmerston North – September (7 -11, 2018).

The official opening is Friday, Sept 7. The programme of sessions starts on Saturday 8th, and finish Tuesday 11th, at venues in Feilding and Palmerston North.


Manawatu Writers’ Festival aims for inclusivity, and we avoid elitism.
It is important that the festival is accessible and welcoming to people from all walks of life, from all our communities. That includes a commitment that economic circumstances should not be a barrier for people who have an interest in writing or reading to enjoy the benefits the festival offers.

Donations welcome.

Someone asked why we don’t say ‘Manawatu Writers’ and Readers …’.
Is ‘readers’ implicit? Readers need writers and their interest and support keeps many writers going. By celebrating writers, and encouraging writers to emerge from our communicates and connect with one another, we are invigorating communities of readers, too.

The Manawatu Writers’ Festival offers inspiration and encouragement for readers, writers and people who love words, literature – anyone interested in literacy as a means of creative expression and connection, educators, would-be writers, developing writers, journalists, academics, and experienced authors.
It is a fabulous event, celebrating the cross-pollination of ideas and creative stimulation with like-minded people.

(The official opening, and evening entertainment shows may have a small cover charge or koha.)
Come along and enjoy the feast of festival workshops, talks, readings, panel discussions, seminars, and performances, in a wide range of topics and genres, presented by New Zealand writers and speakers.
Authors and publishers are welcome to bring books to sell and display promotional material.
More details will be available as confirmations come through.

Manawatu Writers’ Festival is on Facebook.


Planned for Manawatu Writers’ Festival 2018 –


2018 Writing Competitions


Just a few to tease you ….

  • A Steam Punk Novelist talks about the emergence of Steam Punk writing.
  • A Panel of speakers presenting a session on ‘Writing Family History’.
  • Crime writers talk about crime writing in New Zealand.
  • Readings from authors.
  • ‘Kaituhituhi’ – Maori writing today.
  • A workshop designed for people who get distracted or bogged down by research.
  • The ethics of using other people’s stories – suitable for any non-fiction writer: writers interviewing people or collecting anecdotes, including family history writers, biographers, memoirists.
  • Alive and Kickin’ – performance and readings from poets who’ve lived long enough to have a few things to say about a life rich in experience.
  • Young poets and story tellers.
  • Short-short story workshop.

Many more will be added as the programme shapes up. We may be in for a few surprises.
Debates, performance, comedy, seminars and workshops.

And don’t forget the famous Poetry Night at Murray’s Irish Public House with Ceol Manawatu, a lineup of poets on Monday September 10th.