Write Across New Zealand offers fully immersive and intimate create writing retreats in awe-inspiring locations.
About Write Across New Zealand
There are many outstanding writing courses and workshops offered in New Zealand. Write Across New Zealand is keen to complement what is already available. As well as teaming up with great writers who want to share their passion for the written word, this is what distinguishes Write Across New Zealand's creative writing retreats:
  • Fully immersive - held over three nights so you get two full days to learn, explore, experiment and polish your writing
  • Stunning environments - high quality accommodation venues in awe-inspiring locations
  • Intimate - the optimal number of participants is 12 (with a maximum of 15 when venue size permits)
  • Focus on wellbeing - a scrumptious organic menu and yoga sessions designed to provide holistic support and nurture your creativity.

Who we are
Kerry Sunderland
Founder & Convenor
Elizabeth Knox
Jesse Blackadder
Noa Parker
Yoga teacher
Our story
We were huddled around a brazier under a blanket of clouds on a ridgeline overlooking the sea, not far from the centre of Nelson, sipping on freshly harvested apple juice. It was only a few days after the nights had started getting longer than the days, still early in the evening but very dark, the Pleiades now more than half a world away from rising. It was an intimate gathering of friends to celebrate Te Ngahuru, the Autumn Equinox, and we'd just heard the story of the Māori goddess Pani who, after being shamed by Maui, descends to the underworld. After acknowledging the fruits of the harvest with a big gulp, we honoured our dead – and the cycles of decay and renewal. I then found myself sitting next to Noa Parker, whom I'd met briefly at a festival the previous summer, and the seed was planted for these writing retreats.

Noa told me about the yoga retreat she had hosted at Zatori in Golden Bay several months earlier; I told her about my desire to offer a writing retreat combined with yoga classes because, in my own experience, moving and stretching my body not only helps me stay healthy – supporting the long hours of what is a very sedentary pursuit – but it helps me reach deeper into my subconscious and access untapped sources of creativity. We will experiment with a series of inspirational exercises I've found most helpful in my own writing – using our minds, bodies and subconscious/spirits – in the first retreat for 2018, to be held at Zatori in Golden Bay from 6-9 April.

For many years, since I first arrived in New Zealand, I've wanted to bring my friend and former colleague Jesse Blackadder to the top of the South Island to teach and I'm delighted she has accepted my invitation to teach at the second retreat in 2018, which will be held at Appleby House, only 25 minutes drive from Nelson, from 11-14 May 2018. Jesse has run many creative writing workshops, both in Australia and internationally, and she's guaranteed to not only inspire you - but unlock the story only you can tell, the tale that belongs out in the world.

Elizabeth Knox was my MA (Creative Writing) supervisor in 2016 and guided me, with both gentle encouragement and pithy advice, to uncover the story I was really trying to tell and helped me completely transform my writing in the process. When I mentioned to Elizabeth that I was planning a series of retreats, she generously offered to teach at our third retreat, which will be held at Appleby House from 5-8 October, the weekend before the 2018 Nelson Arts Festival Readers and Writers commences. Elizabeth is not only one of New Zealand's best writers but a fabulous mentor, so take advantage of this unique opportunity to get her support – it will take your writing to a whole new level and shape the world you are creating in at least three dimensions, if not more.

- Kerry Sunderland
Discover our awe-inspiring locations
Nelson Tasman is a unique environment where you can experience life beyond the ordinary.

Our region has a palpable energy and is set amongst stunning landscapes, beaches, lakes and mountains. We have a beautiful, benign climate which means that we can enjoy everything our outdoors has to offer all year round.

Our inspirational environment attracts numerous artists and artisans. There's almost something in the water that encourages people to express themselves creatively.

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How to get to the retreats
Nelson Airport is one of the country's busiest regional airports with up to 600 flights in and out per week, direct between seven destinations throughout New Zealand. It is only a 25 minute flight from New Zealand's capital city, Wellington - a route serviced by both Jetstar and Air New Zealand. You can also get here by road or by sea. Find out more at the official Nelson Tasman website.
Appleby House is less than 20 minutes drive (18.3km) from Nelson Airport. Get directions here.

Zatori Retreat in Golden Bay is just under a two hour drive (125km) from Nelson Airport. Get directions here.
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