Make Your Own World
A writing retreat with Elizabeth Knox from 5-8 October 2018
An opportunity to pursue thrills, cauterize any bleeding energy, take the story apart and put it together differently
Our focus
A creative writing retreat with Elizabeth Knox, one of New Zealand's leading authors, who will provide strategies for the creation of whole, real-seeming worlds in fiction. This retreat will be beneficial to novelists, and writers for film and television. It will encourage you to be shrewder, more flexible, confident and daring storytellers.
Elizabeth says:
"Whilst assembling a story in a logical and pleasing way, participants will think about what they've done that is productive of more story, and a more satisfying story, and of deeper meaning. They'll pursue thrills, cauterize any bleeding energy, take the story apart and put it together differently. And, as we go, we'll discuss and work on all the usual things, the handling of narrative time, of point of view, pace, tone, and psychological acuity.

"I see the world-building course as useful and stimulating to anyone producing long narrative -- particularly speculative fiction, which is what I love to write. But not confined to the speculative, because it forms only part of what I like to read, and because I'm for the energy of genre -- which comes from the compulsions of its readers -- but against its strictures, cliched plots, ossified tropes, and standardised language."

- Elizabeth Knox

Our inspiring venue
Zatori Retreat has panoramic views of Collingwood estuary looking out towards Farewell Spit. Accommodation in the main house includes four luxury suites, each with their own ensuite bathroom and private deck to take advantage of the view. Accommodation in Zatori's east wing includes a selection of eight rooms all with spectacular views and doors that open straight onto an expansive feature deck and outdoor area.

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Your space to write
Retreat schedule for 5-8 October 2018
Friday, 5 October
16:00 - Arrive and settle in
17:00 - Welcome/Mihimihi
17:30 - Yoga Nidra (45 mins)
19:00 - Dinner
20:30 - Writing session 1
21:30 - Free time
Saturday, 6 October
07:00 - Yoga (1 hr)
08:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Writing workshop (2 hrs)
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Writing session 2
17:00 - Yoga nidra (45 mins)
19:00 - Dinnner
20:30 - Writing session 3
21:30 - Free time
Sunday, 7 October
07:00 - Yoga (1 hr)
08:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Writing workshop (2 hrs)
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Writing session 4
17:00 - Yoga nidra (45 mins)
19:00 - Dinnner
20:30 - Reading session
22:00 - Free time
Monday, 8 October
07:00 - Writing session 5
08:00 - Breakfast
09:00 - Pack up/check-out of rooms
10:00 - Reflections and farewells
11:00 - Depart
Scrumptious meals by Food Forest Catering
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.

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Your investment
Your investment starts at $850 for the retreat. This includes three nights' accommodation, all meals, tea and plunger coffee, all writing tuition and five yoga classes. Espresso coffee and other beverages are additional. You can upgrade your accommodation for an additional fee. Choose your preferred style of accommodation below.
Private room with shared bathroom
2 rooms available
$995
  • Three nights accommodation with option to stay another night for free
  • All linen and towels provided
  • Shared bathroom
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Superior Queen suite
2 rooms available
$1,150
  • Three nights accommodation
  • Private room with queen bed, quality linen and furnishings
  • Ensuite bathroom
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Superior King suite
1 room available
$1,250
  • Three nights accommodation
  • Private room with king bed, quality linen and furnishings
  • Ensuite bathroom
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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.