Writing in Paradise

April 2020

At Writing in Paradise, it matters to us that you find your true voice and craft your writing — fiction or non-fiction, short or long form prose, memoir, poetry…

Join us in Sanur, Bali — 1-7 April 2020 — and let us help you make your writing dreams come true. 

Over 6 nights and 7 days, you will be supported and guided and, most definitely, stretched and inspired.

“If you are writing or have a dream of writing a novel, a memoir, a poem… take the time and gift yourself this retreat. …You’ll leave with new friends, sharpened tools, bright eyes, open heart, a notepad of writing and most importantly you’ll remember the pure joy of why you turn up to the page in the first place.”

— Amy Davoren, Sydney, novel

You will:

  • harness the power and discipline of writing daily
  • be guided to tap your imagination and create captivating writing
  • get guidance and feedback from experienced mentors
  • enjoy the camaraderie and encouragement of fellow writers
  • discover what Hemingway meant: “All you have to do is write one true sentence, write the truest sentence that you know”.
“For anyone looking to be inspired again, to feel invigorated about their project, even if they don’t have a project, if they want to find some sort of direction and be nurtured and encouraged in the process, as well as learn how to write well, this is perfect for you.”

— Sandy Fairthorne, Adelaide, plays

Shelley Kenigsberg

Shelley is an industry leader, working in publishing for the past 30 years as editor, writer and trainer. Shelley has worked as publisher (trade and education) and as editor with hundreds of writers preparing manuscripts for publishing.

She began running Writing in Paradise retreats in 2009. She works across genres and mentors authors privately, via Australian Society of Authors, Byron Writers Festival and Editing in Paradise online writing salons. She has moderated and presented sessions at Ubud Writers and Readers festival and at Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators conferences.

For 27 years, she’s taught courses in editing and writing as Head of Editing & Publishing, Macleay College, Sydney’s premier independent university, at literary festivals and writers’ centres in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Kim Wingerei

Kim is a writer, podcaster, translator, hails from Norway, moved to Australia and now, mostly in Ubud.

Kim joined us two years ago as a writer on WiP, published Why democracy is broken: A blueprint for change in 2018. He translates fiction from Norwegian to English, and is business manager and contributor at MichaelWest.com.au.

Kim is our tech expert and will demonstrate Scrivener, and other tools for writing and publishing.

www.kimwingerei.com

Amit Janco

Amit Janco is a Canadian writer, artist, yogini, serial walker and labyrinth-designer, but she’s also been a lawyer, a media producer, a teacher, a public investigator who tracked down missing heirs around the globe.

Amit blogs at healingpilgrim.com. In May 2020, she’ll lead a 12-day innovative pilgrimage along Italy’s Via Francigena; interspersing slow-walking with an exploration of the creative process. (Un)bound Together, her first book, was launched in Bali, in 2019.

www.amitjanco.com.

“Even on a writing retreat, the working brain needs a break, and a sedentary body requires balance. By giving a nudge to your playful, expressive side — meditative walking, stretching, visualizations, painting on paper! — your writing process will be greatly enhanced.”

— Amit

“In the three weeks since the retreat I’ve been writing on average a 1000 words a day. WiP gave me confidence and inspired me to get writing.”

— Quade Herman, Geneva, non-fiction

Daily Program

Day 1

1 April, 2020 – Welcome at 6pm, dinner and writing session

Day 2 – 5

Writing session 9:30am to 12:30

Lunch

Writing at your own leisure

Evening session 6:30pm – including dinner

Day 6

Writing session 9:30am to 12:30

Lunch

Closing session: 3pm to 5:30

 

Daily Program

Day 1

1 April, 2020 – Welcome at 6pm, dinner and writing session

Day 2 – 5

Writing session 9:30am to 12:30

Lunch

Writing at your own leisure

Evening session 6:30pm – including dinner

Day 6

Writing session 9:30am to 12:30

Lunch

Closing session: 3pm to 5:30

“Couldn’t have been better! The whole week was great. We covered so much and the time was split so appropriately … I particularly gained from the work done on showing and not telling … oh, and character! A dream realised.”

— Helen Kinny-Lewis, Sydney, memoir

Program Cost:

Early bird:
Sign up and pay in full by 20 January 2020
AUD 2,195.00
Regular price:
Sign up and pay in full by 15 March 2020
AUD 2,495.00

Included in cost are: All tuition, mentoring and a one-on-one session with each participant, airport transfers (optional), all meals at Villa Sekala. We will have two dinners at local restaurant at participant’s own expense.

Not included in cost are: airfares, travel insurance, accommodation (we have listed a few alternatives here, or contact us for other options), Alcohol (BYO), personal items, laundry, 2 dinners as noted above.

Please note: Limited to 9 writers to ensure everyone gets maximum value and sufficient attention is given by each of us to your projects and progress.

 

 

Program Cost:

Early bird:
Sign up and pay in full by 20 January 2020

AUD 2,195.00

Regular price:
Sign up and pay in full by 15 March 2020

AUD 2,495.00

Included in cost are: All tuition, mentoring and a one-on-one session with each participant, airport transfers (optional), all meals at Villa Sekala. We will have two dinners at local restaurant at participant’s own expense.

Not included in cost are: airfares, travel insurance, accommodation (we have listed a few here, or contact us for options), Alcohol (BYO), personal items, laundry, 2 dinners as noted above.

Please note: Limited to 9 writers to ensure everyone gets maximum value and sufficient attention is given by each of us to your projects and progress.

 

 

The Venue: Villa Sekala in Sanur

Nestled away at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac — five minutes walk to Sanur beach — Villa Sekala was built by a Dutch sculptor and has since been lovingly maintained by Shelley. We will be conducting our sessions on the vast verandah that is one of the features of the villa. There is plenty of space to do your writing in a quiet corner or under a tree, or contemplating the meaning of words while meandering in the garden or cooling off in the pool.

Click for Villa Sekala Gallery.

“The beautiful garden setting not only provided inspiration but fostered creativity and interesting exchanges with the other writers. So much was achieved in the week-long program! Impossible to do on one’s own.”

— Melina Mallos, Brisbane, children’s books

 

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“I’ve made great strides in the past week…it’s all thanks to your input, your guidance your suggestions and careful understanding, and above all, your positive reinforcement all the time. I noticed! I’m harnessed to the muse, not the other way round…and it’s wonderful.”

— Jennifer Friedman, Sydney, memoir

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