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Winter Writers Retreat 2016

5th August 2016 @ 5:00pm - 7th August 2016 @ 12:00pm

Check out info about last year’s Writers Retreat


The Writer’s Retreat for 2016 is set for the FIRST weekend in August. From Friday 5th until midday Sunday 7th August at Kianniny Resort (http://kianinny.com.au) on the Far South Coast of NSW.

Ticket price includes accommodation, mentoring sessions, linen, firewood and some meals. You’ll be paired with another writer to share a cabin, but you’ll have your own room. It’ll be chilly… so pack those winter woolies.

  • On Friday night, we’ll start out with a welcome BBQ at 6:30pm where you will meet the mentors and sign up with whomever you believe will benefit your writing the most. While we enjoy our dinner we will be serenaded by local violinist, Andrew Kordas. You can arrive at Kianinny any time after 3pm to get settled.
  • Breakfasts will be your responsibility as there are too many dietary requirements to cater for everyone.
  • Mentoring sessions will be from 9:30am – 11am with the mentor you chose on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, followed by a break for morning tea.
  • On Saturday, there will be wraps, bread, various salads and meats to roll your own lunch. A sandwich toaster will also be available.
  • Saturday afternoon will be dedicated to your writing. All mentors will be available to answer your questions… if you can find them. They’ll most likely be in the function room, where afternoon tea will also be served.
  • Saturday evening we will be picked up by a courtesy bus and taken to dinner at the nearby Tathra Beach Bowling Club. You’ll be required to pay for your own meal and drinks.
  • After morning tea on Sunday, we’ll wrap up the weekend with photos and thank our mentors.

Mentors (scroll down for their mini bio’s) :


  • All activities are optional. You can stay in your cabin to write and only emerge when you begin to feel peckish.
  • Firewood will be provided, but you will be required to manage lighting the fireplace yourself. You’ll be provided with instructions, kindling and firestarters.
  • Alcohol is BYO
  • There is a possibility of WiFi being made  available in each cabin.
  • The resort has many walking tracks, quiet spaces, a pool (brrrr), climbing walls, and mini-golf 🙂

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  • WFSC member : $220 per person
    Non-member: $250 per person


Or payment can be made by direct deposit (preferred).
Or cash on Saturday the 16th July at our next regular meeting.

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Account Name Writers of the Far South Coast Inc.
BSB 641 800
Account Number 200459894


How much is the retreat if … (click to open) ?

We understand when you’re a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. So, we’ve figured out some common situations.

Current financial members of the WFSC will receive a $30 discount on these prices. 

Regular price – shared cabin, own room $250
Cabin to yourself $350
Organising your own accommodation (eg: staying at home)  $150

Non-writer (eg: partner of a writer)

Accommodation (with your writer) & food
(Sharing with other writers in the cabin)
Organising your own accommodation with a writer
(Dinner Fri, Lunch Sat, morning & afternoon teas)

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Your Mentors:

You will need to choose one on Friday night to spend to spend an hour and a half each morning discussing your writing within a small group.


Paula Boer


Paula Boer’s passions include horses, nature and travel. She combines these loves in her writing, with her debut novel “The Okapi Promise” based on her own experiences travelling in an old Bedford truck across Africa in 1990. Her best-selling “Brumbies” series follows the adventures of two teenagers catching and breaking in the wild horses of Australia. Paula is currently working on a young adult horse fantasy, complete with unicorns and dragons. She is a regular contributor to horse magazines and has had many short stories about animals published.


Amanda Midlam


Amanda Midlam began having her work published and produced at the age of 20. She went on to write books published by Penguin, Puffin, Harper Collins, Hodder, BBC Books and Hale & Iremonger. After gaining a certificate in Screenwriting from AFTRS, she had a successful career writing and directing videos. Her documentary, Banana Business, was screened at film festivals in Australia and internationally. She has worked as a journalist and has also had several short fiction stories and poems published.In her fifties she turned her attention to academia and has earned a BA with a double major in Literature and Composition, and Communications; a BA in Indigenous Studies; a Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics; and a Masters in Creative Writing.

Currently she is a freelance editor and manuscript consultant and is working on the biggest, most painstaking, book of her life – a memoir of her childhood.Amanda has experience with a wide range of forms of writing and at Kianinny has chosen to focus on creative non-fiction. This may be memoir, biography, family history, personal essay, essay of place, travel writing, literary journalism and documentary film. It is a wide field and for the purpose of this writers’ retreat could even include poetry- if the poetry includes observation from life.

If what you are writing is not clearly fiction, such as sci-fi, fantasy or romantic fiction, consider exploring some techniques of creative non-fiction.


Debbie Richardson


Debbie Richardson writes speculative fiction as D L Richardson. She has had five short stories published – the latest in 2016 in a charity anthology – and three young adult fiction novels published. Her first novel “The Bird With The Broken Wing” a hauntingly beautiful fantasy, reached #2 Best Sellers; Best Selling Young Adult Fiction; Highest Rated Young Adult Fiction ebook at OmniLit online retailer. Her second novel “Feedback” a fast-paced supernatural spy adventure, reached #1 Best Sellers; Best Selling Young Adult Fiction ebook; Highest Rated Young Adult Fiction ebook; and Best Selling Science Fiction & Fantasy ebooks at OmniLit online retailer. “Feedback” also reached #21 and #60 on Kindle ebooks categories. Her third young adult novel “Little Red Gem” was runner up on Paranormal Books Best Standalone YA book of 2013 and the book trailer was featured on USA Today website. She began writing in 1996 when her influences were Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Anne Rice, and still lists her writing goal as “being as prolific and successful as these writers”. She is a member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, and she conduct workshops for writers a few times a year. A former musician with a background in sales in the entertainment industry, she is as comfortable behind a computer as she is in front of a crowd. She is currently pitching her adult sci-fi novels to agents and publishers. When she’s not writing she is usually found renovating the house and garden, playing the piano or guitar, or walking the dog.


Rob Porteous


Rob Porteous writes and edits fiction and also runs the CSFG novel writing course so he understands fiction writing well. He has also published a non-fiction history so can work on that side if useful. He has edited a collection of Australian short fiction, have a bunch of prizes for short stories and was recently selected as one of 30 Australian unpublished fiction writers for the biennial Hardcopy professional writers program. For the last two years he has been a judge for the Aurealis Australian Sci-Fi Novel Awards. He has critiqued dozens of novels and short stories so would be very happy mentoring on most any issue.


We asked the attendees at last year’s Writers Retreat : “What did you like best about the weekend?”

  • “Talking with each other. Time to work on own. Flexibility with mentor sessions excellent.”
  • “The mentors, the company, the food, the stimulation, the space.”
  • “The ambience, the hospitality.”
  • “Revisiting a writers group again after a long time. Mentoring – Paula was excellent, generous with knowledge & time.”
  • “The group feeling and guidance by mentors.”
  • “Concentrating on writing away from distractions. It was very satisfying helping writers sort problems with their writing and stretching some in new directions.”
  • “I loved the opportunity to have a mentor – and to be given valuable tools to take with me into my writing experience. Spending time with like-minded people.”
  • “Capacity to interact with writers to explore their motivation, planning and expectations.”
  • “Spending time with other writers. I enjoyed meeting the other mentors and I think we complimented each other’s skills. The atmosphere was cheerful and encouraging.”
  • “Valuable critique feedback from my mentor – personal time away, allowing me to concentrate/relax only working on my book. Had the best sleep for months!”
  • “Enthusiasm of organisers, the company, availability of experienced and early writers to chat to & get advice from, opportunity to write in such a beautiful environment.”
  • “For me it was the chance to get away from the interruptions that writing from home attracts. Here it was no cooking, no housework, and then I could emerge from my ‘writing cave’ and socialise with a group of interesting people.”


5th August 2016 @ 5:00pm
7th August 2016 @ 12:00pm
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Writers of the Far South Coast
(02) 6448 9948


246 Tathra Road
Tathra, NSW 2550 Australia
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