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Winter Writers Retreat 2017

28th July 2017 @ 4:00pm - 30th July 2017 @ 1:00pm

If you’re interested in attending our 2018 retreat, sign up for our newsletter or email  and you’ll be notified once details are decided for Winter 2018.



If you’d prefer to do a direct deposit – PLEASE label your deposit with your name so we know who’s made the deposit. Then email to notify the club and answer the following questions.

  1. Can you light a woodfire?
  2. Do you have any dietary requirements?
  3. What cake/slice are you bringing?
Bank: IMB
Account Name: Writers of the Far South Coast Inc.
BSB: 641 800
Account Number: 200459894

The Winter Writers Retreat over the past two years has had an infectious atmosphere of creativity. “I just enjoyed hanging out in the common room, by the fire, and chatting to everyone who wandered in for a coffee,” says Amanda.

There is an airport in Merimbula that has flights to Sydney and Melbourne. The routes were deregulated recently, so in theory, the prices should go down… in theory. The area is about 2.5 hours drive from Canberra (via Cooma) and also from Batemans Bay.

At $250 for the weekend, compared to other similar retreats – our Writers Retreat is a bargain. We like it that way. It’s how it should be. Affordable.

Throughout the weekend, there will be bottomless cups of tea and coffee available in the common room.

There are three mentors signed on at the moment: Paula Boer, Amanda Midlam and Rae Luckie. You can read their bio’s, buy their books and see what keeps them so busy with both past and upcoming events… if you scroll a little further down.

The Friday evening, when everyone arrives, we have a dinner, get to know one another. The mentors are relatable and sit, eat and chat with the attendees. They’ll pitch themselves to you, and by the end of the evening, everyone will be signed-up into one of 3-4 groups under the direction of a mentor.

Friday’s dinner will be catered by https://www.fresh-daily-dinners.com

On Saturday morning for an hour and a half, everyone meets up in the common area then breaks off into those smaller groups with their mentor for a motivational session to get into the writing mood, the rest of the day is dedicated to your writing.

One-on-one sessions may be available with your mentor or another.

Saturday’s lunch of delicious sandwiches will be catered by https://www.fresh-daily-dinners.com

Via courtesy buses, the group then visits the local bowling club for dinner on Saturday night.

On Sunday morning, we repeat the same thing with mentoring sessions, but it has more of a “how did you go?” feedback and critiquing theme.

Afterwards, we meet back up for morning tea, say our goodbyes, thank our mentors and head home. Sunday lunch will not be provided.

Of course, participation in everything is optional. If you’d like to seclude yourself in your cabin and emerge only for food and coffee, that’s awesome. We had one writer draft 16,000 words of her manuscript that way.

The good thing is there’s no dishes to be done, no chores, no nagging children (unless you bring them). It’s just a nice tranquil bush setting, sitting in front of a cosy wood fire.

All cabins will have an air-conditioner as well as a wood-fire. Wood will not be provided but can be purchased at the main office of Kianinny. They have offered to provide some kindling to get your fires roaring. However, it is recommended, if you can, that you should bring some kindling of your own. By “kindling”, I am referring to about inch-diameter sticks about a foot in length. Instructions for lighting a fire will be provided by the club.

We do ask attendees bring a plate of something yummy to share with the group, for morning/afternoon tea – like brownies, or a cake. And we also ask attendees to bring their own breakfast – there are too many varied tastes and dietary requirements to organise something suitable for everyone. (Although, Amanda does bring her own cereal to share and there’s milk available)

And we also ask attendees to bring their own breakfast – there are too many varied tastes and dietary requirements to organise something suitable for everyone. (Although, Amanda does bring her own cereal to share and there’s milk available)

Closer to July, confirmed attendees will be asked to rate their fire-starting skillz and to select from a subset of the available menu at https://www.fresh-daily-dinners.com for Friday’s Welcome Dinner. The most popular options will be served.

Writers aren’t known to be the most social bunch, so local club writers are paired with visiting writers – own room, shared cabin. Last year our locals were outnumbered.

If you’d like extra seclusion or are bringing a non-writer guest (eg: husband/partner/child/friend) or if you’d like to stay a few extra days, then organising your own cabin is the best option. The “No Cabin” ticket is for you. Contact Kianinny directly to arrange a cabin. Make sure you mention you’re with the writers.

Purchase of a “Non-writer” ticket is required for any non-writer muse that you bring with you. This covers the cost of catering during the weekend.

If you wish to stay extra days but want to be sociable and share your cabin with another writer, as is recommended for the full retreat experience… contact the club, and something can be sorted out (coupon code).

Shared Cabin: $250
No Cabin: $170 – Contact Kianinny to book a cabin.
Non-writer: $30


Past Writers Retreats


28th July 2017 @ 4:00pm
30th July 2017 @ 1:00pm
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Writers of the Far South Coast
(02) 6448 9948


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Tathra, NSW 2550 Australia
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