A writing retreat with Elizabeth Knox near Nelson from 11-14 October 2019
Whether you are writing short fiction, a novel, or a work of creative non-fiction there is always a way in which your story will want best to be told.
Acclaimed New Zealand author Elizabeth Knox (The Vintner's Luck), will support you to find a clear direction for your story - and, along the way, you'll learn to become a shrewder, more flexible, confident and daring storyteller.
Overview of retreat:
Are you having trouble starting or staying with your story? Are you maybe in the wrong character's head? Do you have pacing problems? Or does the tone seem wrong? Do you like how you've started, but feel that you're wandering as you go on? Or have you been writing for some time, getting your story down, but now feel you're lost in a wilderness you might not be able to write your way out of? Or do you know very well what story you want to tell – because it's something that happened to you – but are bewildered by all the possible approaches to telling it?
Whether you are writing short fiction, a novel, or a work of creative non-fiction, there is always a way in which your story will want to best to be told. A writing workshop that involves peers who are generous readers is one of surest ways for a writer to find a way forward.
What this retreat offers is a period of intense concentration, outside your everyday life, with like-minded people. The writing teacher is a highly experienced writer of novels, and of creative non-fiction.
Each of the workshop's participants will submit a piece (or two) of writing before the retreat weekend (3000 to 6000 words altogether) in good time for everyone to have read each other's work before we meet.
The weekend will consist of writing exercises, of workshopping of some part of each writer's work, one-on-one story doctoring sessions with Elizabeth Knox, as well as free writing time. The aim of the weekend is that everyone who attends will leave with a clear feeling for how to proceed with confidence, energy, and renewed engagement.
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Elizabeth Knox is the author of 13 novels, including The Absolute Book (out in Sept 2019) and three novellas. The Vintner's Luck won the Deutz Medal for Fiction in the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and the Tasmanian Pacific Region Prize, and is published in 10 languages. She has also won awards for several other novels, a collection of autobiographical essays and a children's book. Elizabeth is an Arts Foundation Laureate and ONZM.
Kerry Sunderland has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington and is an author, freelance journalist, magazine editor, film reviewer and radio presenter/producer. She teaches creative writing at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and is the Nelson Arts Festival Readers and Writers Programme Coordinator.
Noa Parker is a yoga, mindfulness and meditation teacher. She has completed more than 2,000 hours of teacher training with the Academy of Yoga Science and is a life-long yogini. A busy working mother of three, she relies on yoga practices to keep her physically and mentally healthy, creative and happy (most of the time). She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience.
Appleby House and Rabbit Island Huts are situated on 25 acres of Waimea Plains land, located less than half an hour's drive from central Nelson, between Richmond and Mapua on the way to the Abel Tasman National Park. This peaceful rural setting with 360 degree views of the Richmond Ranges and the Waimea Estuary and only a short drive to the long golden beaches on Rabbit Island is the ideal place to get your creative juices flowing. Join us here from 11-14 October 2019.
Food Forest Catering will provide nourishing and delectable meals - all created with gluten-free and organic ingredients from head chef Chloe Keylock's family land, a diverse permaculture farm in the Lud Valley north of Nelson.
Your investment starts at only $850 for the retreat. This includes three nights' accommodation, all meals, tea and plunger coffee, all writing tuition and yoga classes. There are a range of accommodation options. Choose your preferred style of accommodation below.
Standard private room in Appleby House
Three nights accommodation in private room with queen bed
All linen and towels provided
Three nights accommodation in one of three private huts or the deluxe glamping tent
Queen bed, quality linen and furnishings
Access to two shared bathrooms only a short walk away (share with only one other participant)
Deluxe private room in Appleby House
Three nights accommodation in large private room with queen bed
All linen and towels provided
Private ensuite hut
Three nights accommodation
Private hut with queen bed, quality linen and furnishings
A 30 per cent deposit must be paid within five business days of booking to secure your place. The balance must be paid 21 days before the retreat.
Cancellation policy: If Write Across New Zealand cancels the event for any reason, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel your booking anytime at least one month (31 days) before the retreat, your deposit (and full payment if already made) will be refunded. If you cancel less than 21 days before the event, you will receive a refund less the 30 per cent deposit. If you cancel anytime after 14 days before the event, no refund will be possible unless your position is filled by someone else.