Next year will be our sixth year, it’s your turn to discover our Winter Writers Retreat. By the end of the weekend, with the help of our mentors, you’ll be inspired, motivated and maybe have that next chapter.
The combined creativity gathered in this tranquil bush setting is nurtured by removing the daily grind of responsibilities while building a community of like-minded folk over bottomless cups of tea and coffee beside cosy wood fires.
Your own room in a shared cabin with another writer
Two mentoring sessions
The welcome dinner on Friday night
Lunch on Saturday
An LED torch
Your own WFSC pen
Morning and afternoon tea + snacks
Bottomless cups of tea and coffee
When you arrive on Friday afternoon, you’ll be greeted by someone from the WFSC that will show you to your cabin and introduce you to your cabin-mate
Once you’re settled, wander back to the common room because Friday night’s welcome dinner is a grand affair. Our mentors will pitch their genres, skills and mentoring style. Throughout the rest of the evening you can join the group led by the mentor that suits your writing best. Be quick, spots fill up fast.
On Saturday night, you’ll be asked to join us for dinner at the pub to support the local town of Tathra. A courtesy bus will be made available.
All linen is provided by Kianinny. Each 2-bedroom cabin contains a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, full sized fridge and cook top; reverse cycle air conditioning, Austar, DVD player, comfy couches and a log fire. Internet access is available in the common room. We’re sorry, but phone reception is a bit shoddy around Tathra.
Bring with you:
Your own breakfast for Saturday and Sunday mornings
A cake or slice to share with everyone for morning and afternoon tea
Warm clothes and decent shoes
A litle bit of cash for:
Dinner on Saturday
Buying books by local authors
And… if you’re so inclined, your own alcoholic beverages
A shared cabin is recommended for the best retreat experience, but if you wish to stay in your own cabin or are bringing a guest or if you plan to stay longer than the weekend, please purchase the “No Cabin” ticket and arrange your own accommodation directly with Kianinny Bush Cottages: http://kianinny.com.au
Kianinny Bush Cottages has dormitory rooms for school camps, but this is a retreat not a camp. The Writers of the Far South Coast have opted for the venue’s “superior cottages”, preferably the cottages without any bunk beds.
Please let us know in advance when booking your ticket if you have any food allergies or dietary requirements.
Please note: all activities are optional.
If you run into problems at the retreat, please talk to one of the organisers or the staff at reception.
Two 90-minute mentoring sessions
Mentors from 2019
At the welcome dinner on Friday night, our mentors will pitch their genres, skills and mentoring style. Throughout the rest of the evening, you can chat to the other writers and the mentors, then join the group led by the mentor that suits your writing best by scribbling your name on our blackboard.
Meet in the common room at 9am on Saturday morning to meet up with your group and mentor and be taken away to a quiet secluded spot somewhere around Kianinny to be inspired for an hour and a half until morning tea.
Rae Luckie is an experienced facilitator of community writing workshops and projects in the field of creative writing/lifewriting (memoir, autobiography, biography, family history) and history/historical fiction.
This will be Chris’ third retreat. Before his last retreat, he published his novel “Divine Prey”. Chris is now CSFG president and he is about to publish his next book “Character & Structure: An Unholy Alliance”.