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Ramada Hotel Marcoola Beach

923 David Low Way

Marcoola, QLD 4564


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The 2020 Sunshine Writers Retreat: SEA CHANGE is a bespoke, luxury writers retreat like no other. Writers: You Need This!

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Sunshine Writers Retreat - SEA CHANGE

Rejuvenate. Re-connect. Explore. Write.

Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 November, 2020

Join us for the fourth annual Sunshine Writers Retreat!

For the full program and inclusions, visit: https://www.greenleafpress.net/swr2020.html.

A Bespoke, Luxury Writers Retreat Like No Other!

We're very excited to announce that in 2020, the Sunshine Writers Retreat will be undergoing a SEA CHANGE! We've moved our venue for the 2020 retreat to the stunning coastline of the Sunshine Coast.

The Ramada Resort at Marcoola will be hosting us over three-and-a-half glorious days. Delegates will be able to enjoy all the facilities the resort has to offer, as well as indulging in beach walks and fine dining. Mixed in with that will be our Writing Masterclasses with some of Australia's premier, best-loved authors, solo and group Writing Time, and our popular Story Circles Feedback Sessions. There's also an onsite spa for massages and facials, a gym, and a stunning resort-style pool. Residential and Day Visitor Packages available.

For 2020, we have a superlative mix of the best authors and presenters in Australia, who will take us through our paces during the masterclasses. The retreat suits authors of all stages and all genres as the skills imparted in the masterclasses are ubiquitous to all forms of writing. In this incredible seaside writers retreat experience, you'll enjoy 3.5 days on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast in 4-star resort accommodation with direct access to Marcoola Beach.

The venue is located close to the Sunshine Coast Airport, so it's quick and easy to get to if you're flying in from interstate. Spend time networking, sharing, learning, soaking up the sea air, being inspired and motivated to create.

You'll love this retreat so much, you'll never want to go home!

We'll have our usual masterclasses, networking dinners, yoga/meditation sessions, pop-up bookstore, fun trivia quiz, and second-hand book swap. Plus, our super popular Story Circle feedback sessions return where you can read your work out to gain crucial, constructive feedback from Aleesah Darlison and other retreat attendees.

We also have a presentation opportunity for delegates on Sunday afternoon during our SWR Success Platform session, and some new optional activities like karaoke and dancing. Best of all - and perhaps the single-most valuable thing for authors - is the time we've set aside for you to write or edit your manuscript.

You have the option of doing this in your own room, within the resort, by the pool, in the cafe, on the beach, or in our conference room with other delegates in a joint creativity session. The choice is yours! Every writer draws inspiration from different sources and locations, so make sure you explore the surrounds to find your inspirational writing place.

Guest Speakers, Industry Professionals & Masterclass Presenters for 2020:

  • Aleesah Darlison - Award-Winning Author, Guest Speaker, Writing Mentor, Owner of Greenleaf Press
  • Dave Lowe - Best-Selling Author of Multiple Laugh Out Loud Comedy Series
  • Dee White - Multi-Published Children's & YA Author and Writing Teacher
  • Kristina Schulz - Former Publisher at University of Queensland Press (UQP), Writing Mentor, Experienced Industry Professional

Residential Package Options & Inclusions

We have two options for Residential Delegates:

Option 1: Resident Delegate - Private (Single Supplement) Accommodation

Private OCEAN VIEW HOTEL ROOM with ensuite. Includes 3 days of Masterclasses, Story Circles and all meals. Paying delegate can bring non-attending partner FREE OF CHARGE with accommodation included. No meals or masterclasses for partner. Partner will have full use of resort facilities including pool, gym, grounds, etc. (Ocean Views, Balcony, Queen Bed, Tea/Coffee Facilities.)

Option 2: Resident Delegate - Twin Share Accommodation

Sharing a 2-BEDROOM APARTMENT with another paying retreat attendee. Includes 3 days of Masterclasses, Story Circles and all meals. NO ADDITIONAL PARTNERS. These apartments can only be shared with another retreat attendee. Each delegate will have their own bedroom and bathroom in the apartment. (Full Kitchen, Dining Room, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Queen Bed & 2 Single Beds, plus Balcony or Patio.)

Residential Package Inclusions:

  • Luxury 4-star Accommodation at the Ramada by Wyndham Marcoola Beach
  • 3 Masterclasses with 3 of Australia's most Experienced, Respected, Best-Selling Authors
  • 4 Half Days of Writing & Editing Time - solo or with the group in the conference room
  • Beginner Yoga / Meditation session
  • All meals - delicious breakfasts, morning teas, lunches, afternoon teas and dinners during the retreat program
  • Story Circles - Informal Critiquing Sessions with Aleesah Darlison at the helm and constructive feedback from other delegates.
  • Book Launch Event, Literary Quiz, and Second-Hand Book Swap
  • Dinners & Social Events for Friday & Saturday evening
  • Presentation Opportunity during the Sunshine Writers Retreat Success Platform on Sunday afternoon
  • Access to authors during the Masterclass sessions and meal times
  • Access to multi-published author and guest speaker, Aleesah Darlison, for informal, one-on-one manuscript and industry advice discussions throughout the entire retreat
  • Unique opportunities to network during the day and at night time activities
  • Connect with other authors and make life-long friends
  • Writing time in one of the most stunning and inspiring spots in Australia
  • Enjoy morning and evening walks along the beach, with direct access from the resort
  • Use of all resort facilities
  • Optional Welcome Dinner with Aleesah Darlison on Thursday evening at a local restaurant (at delegate's own cost)

STRICTLY LIMITED onsite places for Retreat Residents.

Prices:$1490 inc GST per person Twin Share in a 2-bedroom apartment *$1890 inc GST Single Supplement in an Ocean View Hotel Room (can share accommodation free with non-attending partner)

Not included: Flights and transfers to and from the retreat. The Ramada by Wyndham Marcoola Beach is 5 minutes by car from the Sunshine Coast Airport. Taxis are readily available for this trip. Alcohol – please BYO or purchase at the venue if you would like to enjoy a wine at night.

Day Visitor Pass Options & Inclusions

A handful of Day Visitor Passes are available for the Sunshine Writers Retreat. These passes are kept to a strictly limited supply to ensure an intimate and exclusive experience for attendees. Allocations are on a first in, first served basis and places cannot be held without payment. These passes cover the three days of the retreat when the Masterclasses will be delivered, that is Friday 13 - Sunday 15 November inclusive.

As a Day Visitor, you can choose to attend single days (Friday, Saturday OR Sunday) or you can choose to attend all three days with the 3 Day Pass. Discounts apply for multiple days purchased.

On each day you purchase a Day Visitor Pass for, you'll enjoy all masterclasses and delicious morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas (from 9am – 6pm). You can also purchase Manuscript Assessment Meetings for Friday, just as our Residential delegates have. You can book in for an Assessment Meeting for Friday and attend as a Day Visitor on a different day.

3 Day Visitor Pass = $945 inc. GST

3 Masterclasses over 3 days, 3 hours of Guided Writing Time in our Conference Room over 3 days, 2 Story Circles Feedback Sessions (Fri & Sat), SWR Success Platform Presentation Opportunity (Sun). Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea over 3 days.

2 Day Visitor Pass = $750 inc. GST

2 Masterclasses over 2 days, 3 hours of Guided Writing Time in our Conference Room over 2 days, 2 Story Circles Feedback Sessions (Fri and/or Sat), SWR Success Platform Presentation Opportunity (Sun). Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea over 2 days.

1 Day Visitor Pass = $420 inc. GST 1

Masterclass, 3 hours of Guided Writing Time in our Conference Room, Story Circles Feedback Session (Fri or Sat), SWR Success Platform Presentation Opportunity (Sun). Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.

Manuscript Assessment Meetings will take place on Friday with Kristina Schulz, former UQP Publisher and Industry Professional. Cost is $98 per manuscript and meetings run for 15 minutes. You can book an Assessment Meeting without booking as a Day Visitor or Resident.

If you have any queries, please email admin@greenleafpress.net. Remember, passes are strictly limited so please submit your form ASAP as allocations will be on a first in, first served basis.

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