Bali Retreats

Unforgettable Writing Retreats throughout Australia and Bali

Our next Bali offering is the inspiring and unforgettable


Friday 13 Oct–Thurs 19 Oct 2017
at the superb Villa Sekala, Sanur, Bali

Here’s the picture. You’re relaxing on a verandah overlooking a lush tropical garden. You’ve got your writing book or your laptop and you’re filling the pages with new ideas, splendid sentences and engaging characters and you want to keep going.

regina amazonicaWhere are you?

You’re at Villa Sekala, in Sanur, Bali and the writing retreat is underway. For now, you’re immersed in the world of words and your own writing project. You’re in the company of other writers and they’re as enthusiastic as you… and helpful and dedicated to getting their writing done – whether memoir writing, new chapter or brand new poem.


All of you know how precious it is to have time to yourselves away from daily life and commitments. And how thrilling it is to enjoy creating this piece of writing, whether it’s a new story or part of your larger one or a poem or your memoir.

Offering writing retreats in Kangaroo Valley, Australia and Bali, we give you the opportunity to have that time away. From poems, to novels to memoir writing, our retreats create the space for creativity to thrive.

I’m back to writing after such a dry spell.  It wasn’t that I was out of things to say or words to say them with, it was that I had fallen out of the habit of making time for myself.  I had fallen out of the habit of listening to myself.  I had fallen out of the habit of observing my world and reaching for the words to express the aching gratitude I feel for it’s ferocious beauty. — Kelly McDonald, Bali

walk the beach for thinking time


Intrigued? Of course you are. Let me tell you more…

Over 7 delightful nights and 6 days we’ll be working with you to craft your piece of writing. You’ll be inspired, supported and nourished and discover skills you’d not imagined were there.

Why join one of our retreats? Simple, our poem, novel and memoir writing retreat is the perfect environment to take your writing further than you may have thought possible in a week.

You’ll have delicious food every day, time to relax and explore the island and avail yourselves of some of the most nurturing and relaxing spa services on the island!

Plus, we’ll be exploring a few of Bali’s special sites where you’ll find inspiration, devotion and calm.

A Bali sunrise to inspire your creativity.

At Writing in Paradise:

  • learn about the power and discipline of writing daily
  • learn how to tap into your imagination to create
    memorable and captivating passages of writing
  • benefit from support, guidance and feedback from
    two highly-trained writing mentors and editors
  • enjoy the mutual support of a small group of
    fellow writers (maximum 9)
  • discover what Hemingway meant when he said
    the hardest thing about the writing endeavour is
    ‘getting the words right’.

Who will you be working with at Writing in Paradise?

IMG_4890 copyShelley Kenigsberg — an esteemed freelance editor, writer and trainer for 30 years. Shelley mentors authors privately, via the Australian Society of Authors, the Northern Rivers Writers Centre and privately. She works with writers preparing to submit their manuscripts for publication or, alternatively, choosing to publish independently. She presents long and short courses in editing and writing at literary festivals and writers’ centres in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore.

She has commissioned new titles (trade and education), and edited books for Australia’s most respected publishers. Shelley has been Head of Book Editing and Publishing at Macleay College, Sydney’s premier independent university for 26 years and active in Australian national and state editing societies, serving as President and Vice-president of the NSW Society of Editors.

David Leser is an award-winning journalist who has worked in Australia and internationally for the past 37 years. Author of six books, his most recent – a memoir, To Begin to Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father (2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 Australian National Biography Award. While his other books include political biography, history and business, he was also editor of Paul Kelly: The Essays (2012), as well as Executive Producer of the award-winning Australian music documentary ‘Paul Kelly: Stories of Me’.

A former Middle East and Washington correspondent David has worked as a senior feature writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, The Bulletin, HQ magazine and, for a decade, as the writer-at-large for The Australian Women’s Weekly. He was Australian correspondent for Italian and German Vanity Fair.

Based in Sydney, David also works as a public interviewer, guest lecturer and writing mentor.


Cost: $1880 AUD SUPER EARLY BIRD before June 30

Full Price $2250

Venue: Villa Sekala, Sanur
Inclusions: All workshop materials,  accommodation
(single room), meals, internal transfers.
(Does not include airfares.)

A dream come to reality. Couldn’t have been better! — Helen Kinny-Lewis, Bali

My mission was to learn to edit my book, gain feedback and spend time in the company of experienced editors and writers. From day 1, the mission became an inspired journey with every moment leading to exciting ideas, new skills and fresh insights into all aspects of my manuscript. Shelley created an environment that was not only productive, but encouraging, enlightening and fun (at times hilariously so). A writer couldn’t want for much more than a stunning location, uninterrupted writing time and editors on hand. Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Nicole West, The Gypsy Trail, Gold Coast

It is rare to come home and describe a short trip to friends as “life-changing”, but that’s exactly what I did when I returned from Bali.  In one hot, intensive week, I discovered what my real writing strengths and weaknesses were – things clicked into place, and I worked harder and with more focus than I have in a very long time. It was hard to leave when I’d spent each day showering under the palms of a banana tree and eating delicious food every night amongst lantern-dressed palm trees with the sea gently lapping at the shore as we all laughed and shared stories long into the night. And yet, I was actually excited about going home, because I now had a plan and I couldn’t wait to get on with it. Inspiring.  Stephanie Goldberg, UK

Contact us and we’d be happy to send more details or give you a call.


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