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Island View Writers’ House is located in the Fleurieu Peninsula at the confluence of Lake Alexandrina and the Murray River in Clayton Bay, South Australia, a quiet community an hour and fifteen minutes south of Adelaide. With stunning views to enhance your writing experience, the house has two writers’ rooms, both with single beds and desks, and there is a full kitchen and bathroom. Take one of the mats and write by the water. When you want some exercise, walk along the cliff path or borrow one of our bikes for a cycle, one of our kayaks for a paddle. I love swimming in the summertime. There’s a café about a two-minute walk down the road, and the beaches of Goolwa and the wineries of Langhorne Creek are only a half-hour by car. Note that there is no wifi at the Writers’ House (best to avoid social media when trying to write your masterpiece!) and there is no television to distract you. Though the residency is generally on the second level of the house, I can accommodate special needs if I know in advance.

Self-led Residencies

If you need time away to prioritise your writing, Island View Writers’ House in Clayton Bay provides you with solitude, quiet and gorgeous views. Work to your own schedule with no interruptions.

$50 / room per night

Focused Residencies

If you’re after guidance and inspiration, consider a focused residency. I offer mentoring and personalised workshops that will support your process and strengthen your writing. To ensure you make the most of your time, facilitated residencies are fully catered.  

1. Mentoring Residencies

Writing can be a solitary exercise and writers sometimes need to talk things through. A Mentoring Residency involves discussing your project and discovering pathways to completion. You might want to talk about pesky stumbling blocks you’re experiencing or bold ideas that you’re not sure how to contain. You might want to debrief frustrations or share epiphanies. With this residency you are given the opportunity to pick my brain on how to unlock creativity or which steps to take toward publication. Mentoring is all about working through development with someone who’s been there and has had success, so it can be all of these things or none of these things – the Mentoring Residency is about whatever you feel you need. The most rewarding conversations often start with a focus then move toward discussion in which concepts come forth organically and surprisingly. There’s so much in the writing process to talk about! These residencies begin with me reading 10 pages of your prose or 3 of your poems to get an idea of what you’re doing. If you want something more in-depth, see “Manuscript Assessments” and consider combining the two.

3-day (fully catered, includes 3 hours of mentoring) $465

5-day (fully catered, includes 3 hours of mentoring) $625

Do you have a LONG-TERM PROJECT in mind? A novel or memoir, a chapbook of poetry? This is the kind of mentoring I like best. Book in for three 5-day residencies over the course of twelve months and let me help you through the progression. This rolling residency includes 10 hours of mentoring plus ongoing manuscript assessment.

3 x 5-day $2175

2. Personalised workshops

Grab a friend and enjoy a practice-led retreat. This residency is specifically tailored to your needs, and is for two (or three*) writers only. Do you need help with character or setting? Do you want to write about the body or place?  Do you want to know about the business of writing, like publishing or grants? Tell me what you’d like to work on and I’ll design the content to suite your needs. During your 3-day residency at the Writers’ House I will lead you in two 3-hour workshops. You’ll have plenty of free time to continue working on the exercises or on your own writing once the workshop is through, or you may choose to grab one of the canoes and enjoy the water, maybe make your way to Langhorne Creek for some wine tasting.

$965 (total price for 2 people over 3 days)

*The price is calculated for two participants. If you choose to have three people in your workshop the price will be $1200, discounted as there is not a full third bedroom, only a private space with a bed.

Manuscript Assessments

Begin your residency with immediate feedback. Before you come to the Writers’ House I’ll read your work and comment on it, suggest edits and highlight possibilities. Once you get to the Writers’ House you’ll find the assessed manuscript, plus a reader’s report, on your desk. Choose a self-led residency to make the most of this opportunity or take your experience a step further and book in one of the focused residencies.

$100/ hour

I am a published novelist of literary fiction, a poet and lyric-essayist. My work has won or been shortlisted for major awards as well as been reviewed on ABC’s The Book Club with Jennifer Byrne and in the New York Times. I have also edited anthologies and worked as an editor of literary journals as well as judged awards, sat on panels for grants and presented at writers’ festivals. I received a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide and I’ve taught creative writing courses at Flinders University. My knowledge of writing is varied and vast, spanning several forms and I know the industry well. I’d love to meet you!