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International Institute of Modern Letters

Based at Victoria University of Wellington, we are New Zealand's most prestigious creative writing programme.

Underlying our programme is the notion that creativity is the engine of a healthy and successful society. Our aim is to develop the imaginative capacity and individual literary skills and voices of emerging writers, in a stimulating workshop environment.

Our public outreach activities include the online Best New Zealand Poems and our Writers on Mondays series at Te Papa. We have worked with high schools for more than a decade through the National Schools Poetry Award.

Our permanent staff members are Damien Wilkins, Emily Perkins, Chris Price and Ken Duncum. Our adjunct staff includes acclaimed writers from a range of genres: James Brown (poetry), Dave Armstrong (writing for television), Pip Adam (fiction), Briar Grace-Smith (writing for theatre), Eirlys Hunter (writing for children), Tina Makereti & Hinemoana Baker (Maori and Pasifika writing), and William Brandt (fiction).

IIML graduates are among New Zealand’s leading contemporary writers, including Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, novelists Anna Smaill and Paula Morris, poets Hinemoana Baker and Airini Beautrais, scriptwriters Tusi Tamasese and Peter Cox, creative non fiction writers Stephanie de Montalk and Anna Sanderson, playwrights Eli Kent and Uther Dean.


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