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Winter Writers Retreat

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

- Adult Shared cabin, own room $250

If you’re interested in attending our 2018 retreat, sign up for our newsletter or email [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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

Paula Boer

About the presenter: Paula Boer

Badja NSW 2630

Paula Boer started her lifelong love of horses when she first rode a pony on a ranch in Canada, aged 7. On moving to England at age 9, she commenced weekly riding lessons and became hooked. Her horse infatuation led to Paula’s bedroom being filled with toy stables, posters of golden stallions, horse gear and, of course, horse books. Her books included non-fiction works as well as novels, most notably Elyne Mitchell’s The Silver Brumby series.

Paula’s own writing career started at school where she wrote a story from the horse’s perspective for her final English exam. Combining her love of horses with her passion for travel, she raced the native horses in Mongolia, climbed the heights of Colombia on horseback, and competed in Endurance rides around Australia. She claims the best way to experience a country is from the back of a horse.

Although not always on horseback, Paula has travelled in sixty countries on six continents. After retiring from the hectic life of computer consultancy, she wrote her first novel, The Okapi Promise, based on her adventures in Africa in 1990. This fictional memoir was published by IFWG Publishing in November 2010.

From her own experiences of catching and breaking in brumbies, Paula decided to set her next novel in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. The Brumbies series was created, with the first book of five becoming an Amazon ‘Best Seller’ in 2012. The final, Brumbies in the Mountains, was published in January 2015.

Books by Paula Boer

Brumbies in the Mountains

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Brumbies in the Outback

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Brumbies in the Mist

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Brumbies in the Snow

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Other events run by Paula Boer

Snowy Mountains Readers and Writers Festival 2017
Paula Boer

12th March 2017, 10am - 5pm @ Banjo Paterson Park, Jindabyne

Unfinished Manuscript Assessment
Paula Boer

12th August 2017, 10am - 3:30pm @ Tura Marrang Library & Community Centre, Tura Beach

About the presenter: Rae Luckie

Batehaven NSW 2536

RAE LUCKIE is an experienced writing mentor and qualified teacher who established Luckie Consulting Services after spending nine weeks in 1998 researching ‘the state of the art’ of life writing (academic and community) in the US and Canada. She has a PhD in auto/biographical writing and Literary Theory (awarded 2006) and has specialised in the field by facilitating community workshops, mentoring writers, editing and publishing. During the last sixteen years she has facilitated creative writing workshops and projects throughout NSW and country Victoria. She has judged a number of writing competitions including the biennial Walter Stone Award for Life Writing (2010-2014). As well as mentoring a number of writers who have subsequently published their work, she has edited several collections of creative life writing: 'Belonging in Broken Hill', 'Kiama Stories', 'Capturing Kiama Memories', 'Kirrawee Stories', and 'Quirky Tales and Tidbits'. Her ‘how to’ articles have been published in 'Newswrite', 'The Writers Voice' and the 'Kiama Local'. Her writing has been published in anthologies including 'Stories of Complicated Grief: A Critical Anthology' (2013); 'What is Mother Love'? (2009) 'Illness in the Academy' (2008) 'Best Australian Stories' 2004, 'The Complete Blokes and Sheds' (2002), and 'No Thanks or Regrets' (1996). Her short story 'Among My Souvenirs' was broadcast on ABC Radio National. 'Morning News' was short listed in the international Stephen King ‘On Writing’ competition, and Rae subsequently won the 2001 ‘Queen of Crime’.


28th July @ 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Welcome Dinner
29th July @ 9:30am - 11:00am - Session One
30th July @ 9:30am - 11:00am - Session Two
28th July @ 4:00 pm
30th July @ 1:00 pm
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Writers of the Far South Coast
(02) 6448 9948


Adult Shared cabin, own room $250


Paula BoerPaula Boer

Badja NSW 2630
Rae Luckie

Batehaven NSW 2536


246 Tathra Road
Tathra, NSW 2550 Australia
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(02) 6494 1990
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