RELAX AND WRITE IN PARADISE: Magnetic Island Retreat June 2- 4 2023

Magical Magnetic Island! You can’t get much better than this beautiful tropical island off the coast of Townsville in North Queensland.

Escape the winter blues and reboot your writing mojo at RELAX AND WRITE IN PARADISE 2023. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the island’s many secluded beaches, reignite your creative self, indulge your inner writer and learn from one of Australia’s most experienced writing teachers (yes, that’s me 🙂 )

Connect with other writing women and write up a storm!

Is your creative spirit crying out for a little TLC? Come along and regain your love of writing and life at the next Relax and Write Retreat on Magnetic Island in tropical Far North Queensland at Amaroo on Mandalay


Join like-minded women in a fun and supportive environment discovering just how much some deep relaxation can ignite your imagination and get you writing again. Relax and unwind with gentle morning yoga sessions and get writing with innovative workshops that use yoga, and drama techniques to help move those stories out of your head and onto the page. 

The program includes two yoga sessions, feast night and four informative and inspiring creative writing workshops. Whether you’re writing memoir, fiction or screenplays, these sessions cover the basics of character, dialogue and story development, as well as a special introduction to screenwriting and advice on editing and submitting your work.

Two nights comfortable, airconditioned accommodation plus delicious breakfasts and dinners are all included in the cost.

PRICES START at only $580 twin share but only if you’re an early bird or repeat retreater!

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INCLUDED is the whole three day, two night weekend of writing, fun and feasting, including comfortable accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, 2 yoga  sessions, 4 creative writing workshops and a feast night. Transport not included.

AFTER EARLY BIRD PRICES END: Twin Share $620 Single $750

Or pay your $200 deposit here before 31 March 2023 for

EARLY BIRD $580/$700


Come along and join the fun, make new writing buddies and renew your love of writing. Contact me before you book to make sure places are still available. PLACES ARE STRICTLY LIMITED TO ONLY 15 WOMEN with half of those places already taken. BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW



ARRIVAL from 2 pm 

4:30 pm – Meet and Greet with drinks and nibbles 


Great stories spring from great characters.



7:15 am – 8:30 –YOGA  


10 – 12:30 pm – WORKSHOP 2 – DIALOGUE AND PLOT

Developing your story from start to finish

12:30 – LUNCH and FREE TIME 


6:30 pm –FEAST at Barefoot restaurant

7:15– 8:15 pm – Night beach walk 


7:15 am – 8:30 –YOGA


9:30 – 12:00 – WORKSHOP 4 – WHERE TO FROM HERE? Publishing pathways, building your writing CV,

creating space for creativity in your life. Collage


3 pm DEPARTURES with option to stay on for sunset

Come and join me for a weekend of warmth, sunshine, inspiration and writing fun with wonderful women who share your love of story. CONTACT ME for more info or BOOK HERE.

MASSAGES will also be available with a handpicked masseuse at an affordable price for those after some extra TLC.

See you there!

Lots of love

Edwina xx

Memoir Magic in the Misty Mountains

Kelda on her way to the dining hall and our fire 🙂

Springbrook turned on another weekend in the clouds for our memoir retreat and cloaked our cosy cabins in mist and magic perfect for writing and learning about writing and sitting around the fire at night sharing our writing with like-minded women. And what a lovely gentle group of writerly souls it was. The special magic of women, listening to and supporting each other, brought new friends together and formed new writing groups to cheer each other on.

We feasted on warming wholesome home-cooked meals prepared with love and care by our super-cookie and talented writer, Gay Liddington, who’d just completed the first draft of her own memoir, so she had more to share than just food! In the mornings we relaxed with gentle yoga and, as a special treat on Sunday, Dolina gave us all complimentary relaxation acupuncture treatments! Heavenly! Our lovely masseuse Ann gave luxurious hot oil massages late into the nights, so we were all well and truly blissed out and feeling pampered as we went to sleep with our electric blankets, listening to rain pattering on the roof.

Workshops got us thinking about our projects in different ways (GO DEEPER!) and got new writers putting words on the page. I’m always happily surprised by the beautiful stories that emerge from these sessions. A highlight for me was Saturday night readings around the fire. So many unique and fascinating stories. Dolina’s dead dog with oozing eyes wearing bonnet and booties may never leave my mind! I just love seeing the look on writers’ faces as they share their work and have their voices heard and affirmed. YAY!

Here are some reviews from the weekend: 

“A life changing weekend. I’ve come back with such a different view on my writing and feel really empowered generally. I had reached a point with this project where I felt like I was stumbling in the dark, and this retreat and all the amazing women guided me to the light switch!

I will definitely be back next year. I aim to arrive with my first published book.”

Erin Benjamin (retreat participant October 2022)

“Memoir writing is not my thing, or so I thought. After last weekend’s Relax and Write Retreat, I am inspired to craft at least a ‘slice of life’. Edwina’s enthusiasm and encouragement are infectious. Connecting with others who aspire to put their lives on the page and sharing our experiences became an unexpected joy.” 

Raelene Purtill (retreat participant October 2022)

Here are a few other comments from our feedback form:

“I came on retreat not expecting so many experienced writers and was a bit overwhelmed at first. But everyone was there for each other. It’s always great spending time in groups of women. The yoga, massage and food were excellent in a perfect location. Even the weather was good!” (retreat participant October 2022)

“Edwina and Gay made everyone feel safe. It made the whole retreat so intimate and joyful and when big emotions hit, the group support was genuine and amazing. I’ll be back!” (retreat participant October 2022)

“Edwina’s ability to create a safe, nurturing space allowed us to improve our technical skills of writing, gain clarity about our stories and confidence to release our voices into the world.”

Dolores Cummins (retreat participant October 2022)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, these retreats are only as good as the women who come along and these women were the cream of the crop! It was an absolute delight to host this lovely gentle group who nurtured and supported each other so beautifully. How lucky am I that running these retreats is my job?

Bloody lucky! That’s what!

Three more retreats are planned for next year. 

June 2 – 4 Magnetic Island – Elements of narrative

August 11 – 13 Springbrook – Feedback and revision retreat for those with some writing under their belts

October 20 – 22 Springbrook – Memoir and Life Writing

So what are you waiting for? Book your spot for next year now. Great Christmas present idea for writers – tell your family!!

I love these retreats, they are such a joyful part of what I do and I get to meet the most incredible inspiring women and make new friends every time!

Thank you to my wonderful helpers, dear Gay, and all the women who make these retreats so rewarding and fun.

Lots of love