The Retreat is a chance to focus on your writing in a distraction-free, comfortable and inspiring environment. There will be nothing to organise or prepare and no deadlines to meet.

It is just time to write. 

The retreat is held at the beautiful Strathean in Otaki (just north of Wellington) and meals and accommodation are provided at no charge to you. If travel to the retreat is an issue we may be able to help with costs or arranging lifts. The meals will be prepared (to your dietary requirements) from local produce and you will have your own room.

Email here for more information. 

The June 2020 Retreat has been cancelled.


Set and realise your playwriting goals.

Rebecca Mason (script assessor, executive coach), the daughter of playwright Bruce Mason, offers an executive life coaching scholarship to playwrights who would benefit from setting and realising their goals. Rebecca is based in Nelson but works with playwrights remotely.

Please email here to apply with your C.V. and a one-page submission outlining your vision for playwriting and why you would benefit from the coaching. 


Robert Lord's worker's cottage in Dunedin is run as a rent-free residency for writers.

When co-founder of Playmarket, Robert Lord, took up a Burns Fellowship at Otago University in 1987, he bought his first home - a small cottage close to the university and the town centre of Dunedin. His tragically few years in Titan Street were happy and productive ones. Before he died Robert put in place a plan that the cottage would become a home for other writers who choose to come to Dunedin to write and a Trust was established to administer the plan.

Today, as was his plan, Robert Lord's worker's cottage (three furnished rooms and a courtyard garden) is run as a rent-free residency for writers.

To date, playwrights who have lived and worked there include Gary Henderson, Renée, Jan Bolwell, Vanessa Rhodes, Vincent O'Sullivan, Branwen Millar, Paul Rothwell, Rochelle Bright and Kip Chapman.

To apply please email here with your cv and a statement of the project you propose to work on and why Dunedin is a suitable venue for the project

Applications close 1 April annually.