Writers of the Far South Coast

Winter Writers Retreat

Warm up your writing this Winter

20th - 22nd July @ Kianinny Bush Cottages, Tathra NSW

Past years:      2015     2016      2017

     (02) 6448 9948

About the Winter Writers Retreat

Now in its fourth 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.

Only $275 for an affordable, productive and awesome weekend.

Price includes:

  • 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.

A tin will be set up in the common room to accept donations towards the Tathra Bushfire relief effort. If you wish to make larger donations please visit the Bega Valley Shire Council website.

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. Firewood can be purchased from Kianinny at $12/crate. Internet access is available in the common room. We're sorry, but phone reception is a bit shoddy around Tathra.

Bring with you:

  • Your writing
  • 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
    • Purchasing firewood
    • Buying books by local authors
    • etc...
  • 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

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.


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 join the group led by the mentor that suits your writing best. Be quick, spots fill up fast.

There will be two 1.5 hour sessions with your mentor:

  • 9:30am - 11:00am - Saturday 21st July
  • 9:30am - 11:00am - Sunday 22nd July

Meet in the common room 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.

Mentor - Paula Boer

Paula Boer

A mentor at every retreat, her style of mentoring is so well-loved she has a standing invitation

Mentor - Chris Andrews

Chris Andrews

Saving the WFSC's bacon at the last minute in 2017, Chris dropped everything and came down to be a mentor.

Mentor - TBA

To be annouced

One more mentor will join us at the retreat.

Getting here

The Winter Writers Retreat run by the Writers of the Far South Coast (WFSC) is held each year in the Bega Valley on the Far South Coast of NSW near the Victorian border. This year, the retreat will again be held just outside Tathra at Kianinny Bush Cottages http://kianinny.com.au

The Bega Valley is located:

  • 8 hours from Sydney
  • 8 hours from Melbourne
  • 2.5 hours from Canberra

If you'd prefer not to drive to the retreat:

  • Rex Airlines has flights from Sydney and Melbourne arriving daily in Merimbula (20 minutes away)
  • Premier Motor Services has buses from Sydney that travel down the coast and stop in Bega (10 minutes away)
  • Translink has buses from Canberra that stop in Bega
  • Public Transport Victoria has trains from Melbourne to Bairnsdale
    and... V-Line has buses from Bairnsdale to Bega

If you let us know in advance, someone from the WFSC can pick you up from the airport or bus stop.

Tathra Bushfire

There were no lives lost during the Tathra bushfire despite so much going wrong to get the word out. Everyone knows that Tathra is a mobile phone reception blackspot - an alert system is only as good as the infrastructure it uses. Many homes and businesses were destroyed and it could've been much worse but for the wonderful NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and the local residents who stayed behind. The Writers of the Far South Coast implores any writers and artists needing assistance getting back on their feet to visit South East Arts.

Many politicians visited the evacuated residents at the Bega showground and brought their intrusive media circus with them. The most accurate and timely information, however, came from our well-known local journalists Ben Smyth with his team at Bega District News and Ian Campbell at About Regional, because they understand how to balance respect for privacy in a time of loss with the public's intense urgency to hear news about family, friends, acquaintances and the town of Tathra itself.

Volunteer organisations were overwhelmed by community generosity while providing food, clothing, toiletries, mobile phone chargers, places to sleep, and a caring shoulder - the Bega Valley Shire Council is now respectfully asking for monetary donations and your support at Band Together - Tathra Bushfire Relief Concert in May.

Let it be known to all that Tathra, NSW is open for business. The WFSC is sticking by its plans to hold the WFSC Winter Writers Retreat from 20th-22nd July at Tathra's Kianinny Bush Cottages, which escaped the fire's devastation.

It's a long road ahead and I'm glad to be woken at nights, not by sirens, but by the rain.

Tathra 2018 Bushfire

Read more about the fires (links open in a new window):

Map of Kianinny Bush Cottages

Poster of WFSC's 2018 Winter Writers Retreat