Writing in Paradise Bali Retreats

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.

​Where are you?

You’re at Villa Sekala, in Sanur, Bali and the writing 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.

Intrigued?

Of course you are. Let me tell you more…

Over 6 nights and 7 days we’ll guide, inspire, support and nourish your writing skills. You’ll discover the thrill of creating a new piece of writing and finessing a piece you’ve already started. Your voice will emerge — and ‘compelling voice’ is the phrase most used when publishers are asked what they’re looking for!​

Your daily program Each morning we write together — it’s intense, rigorous and intensely fun! You’ll have the afternoons to relax and explore Sanur village or beaches and avail yourselves of some of the most nurturing and relaxing spa services on the island! Bali’s special sites provide inspiration, a chance for devotion and calm. Then we regroup for drinks, dinner and the evening writing session.

Read what Amy said about the retreat in Byron Bay in April:

"If you are writing or have a dream of writing a novel, a memoir, a poem — take the time and gift yourself this retreat. Writing is not easy; there are blocks & walls & doubts and for most of us it’s done alone. Connecting with other writers and to have the daily guidance of Shelley & David will fill up your creative tanks and restore your faith in your talent and in the process of writing your manuscript!" — Amy Davoren, Sydney, 2017

Kelly, who was at our July 2016 retreat in Bali, said:

"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, I had fallen out of the habit of listening to myself ... of observing my world and reaching for the words to express the aching gratitude I feel for it’s ferocious beauty."
Kelly McDonald, Bali, 2016

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.

"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

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 Hemmingway 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?

Shelley 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 

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.

SUPER EARLY BIRD

VALID TO 30 JUNE

  • 6 days and nights mentoring with 2 experts in the field
  • 6 nights 4 star accomodation
  • Internal transfers 
  • A unique, locals temple experience
  • All stationary provided
  • All meals provided
  • Shared accommodation or single room supplement $260 extra

Fees do not include airfares/travel insurance

BONUS 2 months of Online Writers Salon

SAVE $500 off the total price

$1995 Total

Secure your place with a $600 Deposit & pay in full by 30 June

Deposit of $600, paid in full by June 30th

 EARLY BIRD

VALID TO 31 AUGUST

  • ​6 days and nights mentoring with 2 experts in the field
  • 6 nights 4 Star Accomodation
  • Internal transfers
  • A unique, locals temple experience
  • All stationary provided
  • All meals provided
  • Shared accommodation or single supplement $260 extra 

Fees do not include airfares/travel insurance

BONUS 2 Months   Online Writers Salon

Save $270 off the total price

$2225 Total

Secure your place with a $600 Deposit & pay in full by 31 August

Deposit of $600, paid in full by August 31st

FULL

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 1 OCT

  • ​6 days and nights writing mentorship with 2 experts in the field
  • 6 nights 4 Star Accomodation
  • Internal transfers
  • A unique, locals temple experience
  • All stationary provided
  • All meals catered 
  • Shared accommodation or single supplement $260 extra

Fees do not include airfares/travel insurance

Booked before 7 September with a $600 deposit, Paid before 1 October


$2495

Deposit of $600, Paid in full by Oct 1

A Bali sunrise to inspire your creativity.

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