- QT Hotel, Gold Coast04/04/2016 – 05/03/16
- Melbourne21 August 2015 – 23 August 2015
- Online26 March 2015
- Rydges Lakeside Hotel, Canberra6 March 2015 – 8 March 2015
- Enoggera Bowls Club, 72 Pickering Street (cnr Bowling Street)Sunday 19th October 2014 – Sunday 19th October 2014
- Brisbane3 September 2014 – 7 September 2014
- Sydney7 August 2014 – 10 August 2014
- Woodleigh Retreat - Mt Tamborine13th June 2014 – 15th June 2014
- SLQ, Brisbane, Qld11th October 2013 – 13th October 2013
- 7 October 2013 – 13 October 2013
48 hours in a writing retreat, 6 writing buddies, 14 bottles of wine and 1 manuscript = a perfect weekend.
No I didn’t drink all the wine myself I shared it with my fabulous YonBeyond writing group. This weekend we shared our second bi-annual weekend together in the secluded Tambourine Mountain Aaronlee retreat.For me, this weekend was a great opportunity to polish my Treasured Love manuscript. I recently came to a halt with this story. I knew there were problems with it but couldn’t quite pinpoint exactly what they were. I was too close to see what was wrong. Treasured Love had been through three rounds of edits and it wasn’t quite right. I knew I had a riveting plot but my characters simply didn’t jump from the page with the passion and authenticity I was after and I didn’t know why.
So with the weekend retreat approaching and my manuscript at a frustrating standstill, I sought out specialist expertise in the form of a manuscript assessment by Word Witchery. I’m so glad I did. Anna Cleary not only pointed out the deficiencies in my characters, she also made very valuable suggestions on how I could fix them. With her honesty and insightfulness and a weekend dedicated to this manuscript it now has a new lease of life. I can finally see Treasured Love reaching its full potential.
It was a wonderful, fulfilling, leisurely weekend. We all set our own personal writing retreat goals. Whether it was writing, plotting or editing, all six of us succeeded and some of us exceeded our weekend goals.Not only was it special to share the weekend with likeminded people who understand my crazy writing brain, we also shared lots of yummy wine, ate delicious cheese and other fabulous foods and celebrated my RUBY nomination with Moet champagne.
So here’s cheers to my writing buddies. YonBeyond you are all fabulous talented authors and great fun.I couldn’t have asked for a more productive writing retreat.
Imagine a blissfully quiet and peaceful location, perched on the very edge of a deep, deep valley. Surrounded by rainforest, birds, and clear, crisp mountain air, Woodleigh Retreat is a comfortable and therapeutic getaway for anyone wanting to get stuck into their writing.
Brisbane authors from YON Beyond – will spend a winter’s weekend at Woodleigh Retreat. The views are magnificent and very inspirational. They call this area in the Gold Coast hinterland, the ‘green behind the gold’, and our views directly down to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, then south to Mt Warning and the border ranges, then west up the valley to Springbrook, were breathtaking.We will cater for ourselves, although a bacon, eggs and toast breakfast is provided (cook yourself in the well-equipped kitchenette). If we get sick of writing, we can visit the many wineries, antique stores, art galleries, artisan shops, plant nurseries, chocolatier, and coffee farm. For the active writers out there, go for some of the many rainforest walks to get your head around the plots and characters of your book.
Locals will know that it can get quite cold up in the mountains in winter, and Woodleigh has a log fire in each cabin, plus a spa bath big enough for two. In the summer months, there is a lovely swimming pool, barbecue area and acres of lovely lush green lawn and gorgeous gums to relax under.
We all achieved the writing goals we set ourselves, plus got to look around at the many interesting shops and galleries.We can recommend this type of therapy for any writers who are short of time and unable to find the tranquillity and inspiration at home. Subscribe to our blog for a heads up on the 2014 YON Writing Retreat.
English nurse, Fleur Armitage, wants to escape all reminders of the Great War, which killed family and friends; by living as far from its reminders as possible – in outback Queensland. Jack Edgarson is a pastoralist, war hero and damaged man. Suffering from nightmares and sleep walking, he lives in isolation, fearful he may harm someone. Through a chance meeting, their lives become entangled. They come to share their love of the wide western plains, but dare they love each other?
Lost in Kakadu by Kendall Talbot is available as of August 1, 2013.
Published with Escape Publishing, it is a must read for those that love Romantic Suspense.
Well, I can’t wait for you all to meet my friends Abbie and Craig. Here’s a little about the book:
When Abbie travels to exotic Cambodia, her goal is to find herself again. She also finds that the local people steal her heart, and she enthusiastically responds. But the mysteries of ancient Angkor Wat also captivate her, drawing her into danger and near tragedy. She unwittingly places her new friend, Craig, in a life and death situation. Abbie experiences utter joy, deep melancholy, and faces her biggest fears. But she emerges as a stronger and more confident woman, because of it. Set against a backdrop of wonderful scenery, appealing locals, and the Khmer culture, this story is a tale of travel, adventure and a mature romance story.
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Here’s our very own Surfie Chick — Jules! What a fab photo to receive on the morning of a wet and miserable Australia Day. Good on you Jules.
So, come on the rest of you YON mob, how about sending me a photo of what YOU were doing on Australia Day! I’ll go first, shall I? After our supergirl Jules, of course.
OK, here’s Noelle on Australia Day morning: