Writers on Mondays

From mid-July to October each year, the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), home of Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington's renowned creative writing programme, runs a series of events highlighting writers active in and around Wellington, as well as guests from overseas.

Due to pandemic gathering and travel restrictions, we made the difficult decision to curtail the 2020 Writers on Mondays programme; holding only the Next Page and Short, Sharp, Script sessions, featuring new work-in-progress by our current MA students in September and early October.

This page will be updated for 2021 once programme decisions have been made.

You can download previous years' Writers on Mondays programmes at the bottom of this page.

2020 special events

As in previous years, the MA Scriptwriting events took place on Monday lunchtimes at Circa Theatre. However, the readings from our Writing for the Page students were held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Vic Books, Kelburn.

Monday 14 and 21 September: Short Sharp Script sessions at Circa Theatre


Over two lunchtime sessions, actors performed dynamic new work by 2020 MA scriptwriting students, introduced by Michael Hirschfeld Director of Scriptwriting Ken Duncum.

14 September: work by Brad Aldridge, Thom Benny, Greta Casey-Solly, Peter Croft, and Matthew Darragh

21 September: work by Mark Joyce, Katie Kabala, Jessica Keane, Ben Powdrell, and Reinhard Schwanecke

Wednesday 30 September and Thursday 1 October: The Next Page sessions at Vic Books, Kelburn


Over two evenings, the MA Page Class of 2020 read from their new work, traversing worlds old and new, distant and close, cultural and personal in a feast of fiction, non-fiction and poetry from a very strange year. Includes genre-defying, speculative, crime, historical, and contemporary realist fiction, poetry, fragmented portraits, personal essay, and memoir.

30 September: Barbara Sumner, Marita Hunt, Hannah Amante, Justine Whitfield, Evana Belich, Elizabeth HibbsJoanna Cho, (break), Samantha Lane Murphy, Linda MartellettiAreez Katki, Melissa BrowneSarah Catherall, Thomas Walter, and Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall

1 October: Tihema BakerJoan Skinner, Isabelle McNeur, Rose WunrowEthan Donnell, Olly Clifton, Kristene Cristobal, (break), Fergus Porteous, Grace TongPetra NymanSafia Archer, Joy Holley, Ruby Solomon, and Margot McLean

Thanks to Vic Books for their support.

Writers on Mondays is presented with:

Previous writers on Mondays programmes