relax writers at work

Feeling frazzled? Had enough of the rat race and housework and looking after everybody else? Treat yourself to a writing retreat in paradise, at a price you can afford.

A couple of wonderful retreats coming up!

Only a few weeks away until Relax and Write 3 at our Mermaid Base Camp at Evan’s Head. From Friday 31st August until Monday 3rd September our Mermaids and Scribes are taking over Camp Koinonia by the sea to write, relax and revel in each other’s joyful company. Yoga in the mornings, creative writing workshops through the day, lots of free time for beach walks and swims if you dare, and evenings full of feasting and fun. Can’t wait to get there! We still have a few spots available but please do hurry if you’re keen to come.

If you ask very nicely we may even extend our early bird prices 🙂 Contact Helena on for more info and to book.

mermaids swimming

But wait – there’s more!!

From Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October 2018, while Helena is away at KSP (we’re both KSP residents this year), I am running a retreat in Toowoomba in collaboration with the Unleash the Beast Writing and Wellness Symposium.

It’s a fabulous initiative tackling mental health issues and discussing how we can use creative techniques like writing to help heal ourselves and others. I’ll be busy on their big day, Wednesday the 10th October, running a Writing for Trauma Workshop and speaking on a panel on Early Intervention Strategies for Children with funny woman Mandy Nolan – looking forward to that! You can check out the program HERE and book tickets HERE.

But most exciting is that I’m running their companion retreat – Relax. Write. Retreat.

High in the mountains, this retreat is set among the trees and views of Highfields near Toowoomba on the top of the range west of Brisbane at the lovely Koojarewon youth camp (Ok ok, we’re not youth but they still let us in!). This retreat is fully catered. In fact it looks like they intend to stuff us like geese- with force-feeding scheduled every few hours!

Koojarewon koojarewon food koojarewon grassy

Yoga in the mornings, writing workshops through the day, feasting and fun and naps and long walks and lots of good company. For me that’s the recipe for a perfect retreat.

For more info on the Toowoomba retreat and to book click HERE

Whether you want to escape to the beach for a luxurious long weekend of yoga and writing, or just pop up to the hills for a dose of pampering and creative inspiration, we have the retreat for you!

I love facilitating these retreats and watching people relax and write stories that surprise themselves, and the rest of us. The accommodation isn’t posh but we’re not either. Our aim is to keep these retreats as affordable as possible because we know most women don’t have much cash to splash around – especially on themselves.

But sometimes, a bit of time out and nurturing of your creative self is just the ticket!

Come along and join the fun – we’d love to have you.

evans head

Lots of love

Edwina xx



Tagged , , , , , , , , ,



I’ve just returned from Western Australia where I had a fabulous, productive and rewarding time as Emerging Writer in Residence at Katharine’s Place – Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writer’s Centre in the hills outside Perth. KSP was the first  Australian woman to be published internationally and the first to write about Indigenous issues. I’ve had Katharine’s picture on my wall for many years now but I love the photo of her above, at the house itself, feeding her friends the magpies. She was a staunch social justice advocate and an all round wonderful woman and I was thrilled, when after years of applying, I was finally granted three weeks in residence. I stayed in Aldridge Cabin beside Katharine’s original writing studio at the top of the hill overlooking Perth’s skyline in the distance. IMG_0971
Katharine’s warm and welcoming presence was in evidence throughout the whole centre. The people who worked at KSP and everyone on the board were enthusiastic and went out of their way to make sure I had everything I needed for a great stay. I loved being up at the big house where people have seen ghosts, all friendly, but I didn’t see any apparitions, only felt a loving grandmotherly energy that reminded me of my own Nana. For me that was Katharine. Everyone I encountered at KSP seemed to embody that spirit. I was deeply impressed by the open, inclusive and nurturing nature of the centre.

The steady procession through the house of groups and writers of all stripes, genres, experience and capabilities is what makes KSP different from most other writers’ centres I’ve encountered. It is a truly inclusive community where differences are celebrated and embraced. This is its key strength and indicative of Katharine’s egalitarian spirit living on.

A highlight was my memoir workshop with a great group of keen memoirists who wrote pieces that surprised themselves, and me.IMG_1223

But best of all was the Literary Dinner with a Christmas in July theme. I will always count it as one of the highlights of my writing career. The dinner was amazing— a feast prepared by board members with the most delicious homemade brandy custard ever. But even better was the enthusiastic reception of my readings by Santa Claus in the front row – providing timely sound effects – and the rest of the crowd in paper hats and festive wear. It felt like I was reading to a group of loving family members and it was wonderful to see people’s reactions to my freshly minted story and know that it had moved them. Writers don’t often have that privilege. I was perhaps a little overexcited by all the attention after prolonged solitude and finished up the Q and A session by doing the splits!


During the three weeks of my residency, I redrafted “M” a period thriller screenplay I’m working on, wrote “Breath of Life” a new 4500 word short story, submitted two other full length works to several publishers, and rethought and reorganised my ongoing memoir project “Dear Madman” and even got halfway through that rewrite.


I took long walks in the incredible John Forrest National Park, which is only a short walk away and includes a spooky disused railway tunnel and even a waterfall, did plenty of yoga, and wrote like a fury.



I heartily recommend a residency at Katharine’s Place for anyone needing some nurturing of their creative spirit, and some peace and a perfect cabin to let that spirit fly.

Applications for Emerging Writers are open till 29 July – so get your entry in quickly!


THANK YOU KATHARINE! And a big thank you to everyone at KSP Writers’ Centre who made my time there such a joy!

Lots of love, Edwina xx


Tagged , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: