What makes for memorable adventure writing?

How do you bring wild landscapes to life through words? How do you avoid blow-by-blow retellings to create compelling narratives that make your reader feel like they’re part of the action?

Join award-winning author, writing teacher and literary prize judge Nic Low for a day-long bootcamp on how to take an adventure-writing project from concept to completion, with hands-on writing exercises, engaging discussions, and a huge range of tips and techniques. 

We’ll borrow character-writing secrets from novelists, learn simple short story structures to build suspense, and evoke the senses to create vivid scenes.

Who is the school for?

The Adventure Writing School is primarily aimed at people with previous experience, but aspiring writers are welcome.

You’ll get the most out of it if you come prepared with a concept or existing piece you’re working on, whether it’s for a magazine feature, club journal article, book-length project, or anything else.


Sunday 27th June 2021, 9am-12 noon then 1pm – 4pm.


Meeting Room in the Wanaka Recreation Centre, 41 Sir Tim Wallis Drive, Wanaka


The price is $75 for the full day.  There is a maximum of 13 position.

The tutor

Nic Low is a writer whose subjects include wilderness and adventure, technology and power, history and race. Nic is of Ngāi Tahu Maori and European descent and this heritage is woven into his short stories.

His first book, Arms Race, is a collection of mischievous, critical short stories. With a tongue-in-cheek pitch, Nic’s words are raw and honest. New Zealand and mountains feature heavily in his work, with a deep a connection to his Kiwi roots. 

Nic will also be presenting at the festival talking about his new book, which captures a literary walking expedition through the Maori and European history of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.