FIND YOUR WAY FORWARD III
A writing retreat with Elizabeth Knox from 3-8 December 2021 on the doorstep of the Abel Tasman National Park, west of Nelson
Whether you are writing short fiction, a novel, or a work of creative non-fiction there is always a way in which your story will want best to be told.
Our focus
Acclaimed New Zealand author Elizabeth Knox (The Absolute Book, The Vintner's Luck), will support you to find a clear direction for your story - and, along the way, you'll learn to become a shrewder, more flexible, confident and daring storyteller.
Overview of retreat:
Are you having trouble starting or staying with your story? Are you maybe in the wrong character's head? Do you have pacing problems? Or does the tone seem wrong? Do you like how you've started, but feel that you're wandering as you go on? Or have you been writing for some time, getting your story down, but now feel you're lost in a wilderness you might not be able to write your way out of? Or do you know very well what story you want to tell – because it's something that happened to you – but are bewildered by all the possible approaches to telling it?

Whether you are writing short fiction, a novel, or a work of creative non-fiction, there is always a way in which your story will want to best to be told. A writing workshop that involves peers who are generous readers is one of surest ways for a writer to find a way forward.

What this retreat offers is a period of intense concentration, outside your everyday life, with like-minded people. The writing teacher is a highly experienced writer of novels, and of creative non-fiction.

Each of the workshop's participants will submit a piece (or two) of writing before the retreat weekend (3000 to 6000 words altogether) in good time for everyone to have read each other's work before we meet.

The weekend will consist of writing exercises, including handling dialogue and time in fiction, plus workshopping of some part of each writer's work, one-on-one story doctoring sessions with Elizabeth Knox, and free writing time.

The aim of the retreat is that everyone who attends will leave with a clear feeling for how to proceed with confidence, energy, and renewed engagement.
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FULLY BOOKED
'The Absolute Book is everything fantasy should be: original, magical, well read. Its language is assured, lyrical yet never overwrought, and in its surprising twists of fate, its deft characterisation and constant forward momentum, it is both accessible and compelling.' — Nina Allen, The Guardian, 25 March 2021
Our inspiring venue
The Abel Tasman Lodge is set amid tranquil gardens and is only a seven-minute walk from a beach and the walking trails of Abel Tasman National Park. The 14 luxurious studios feature wood ceilings and private porches with garden views. The 1- and 2-bedroom apartments include living rooms with kitchens. This peaceful rural setting is only a short walk to Marahau's cafes and the beginning of the Abel Tasman Great Walk. Join us here from 3-8 Dec 2021.

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Your space to write
Retreat schedule for 3-8 December 2021
Friday, 3 December
14:00 - 16:00 - Arrive and settle in
17:00 - Welcome/Mihimihi
18:30 - Dinner
20:00 - Q&A session with Elizabeth - facilitated by Kerry
20:45 - Free time
Saturday, 4 December
07:00 - Yoga (1 hr)
08:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Writing workshop (2 hrs)
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Individual writing time / one-on-ones with Elizabeth
18:30 - Dinner
20:00 - Writing workshop (1 hr)
21:00 - Free time
Sunday, 5 December
07:00 - Yoga (1 hr)
08:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Writing workshop (2 hrs)
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Individual writing time / one-on-ones with Elizabeth
18:30 - Dinner
20:00 - Writing workshop (1 hr)
21:00 - Free time
Monday, 6 December
07:00 - Yoga (1 hr)
08:00 - Breakfast
09:00 - Individual writing time or optional Abel Tasman adventure (includes picnic lunch)
15:00 - Return to lodge
15:30 - Individual writing time / one-on-ones with Elizabeth
18:30 - Dinner
20:00 - Writing workshop (1 hr)
21:00 - Free time
Tuesday, 7 December
07:00 - Yoga (1 hr)
08:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Writing workshop (2 hrs)
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Individual writing time / one-on-ones with Elizabeth
18:30 - Dinner
19:30 - Reading session (2 hrs)
21:30 - Free time
Wednesday, 8 December
07:00 - Yoga (1 hr)
08:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Reflections and farewells
11:00 - Depart
Scrumptious meals by Food Forest Catering
Food Forest Catering will provide nourishing and delectable meals - all created with gluten-free and organic ingredients from head chef Chloe Keylock's family land, a diverse permaculture farm in the Lud Valley north of Nelson.

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Your investment
Prices include five nights' accommodation, all meals, tea and plunger coffee, all writing tuition and yoga classes. There are a range of accommodation options. Choose your preferred style of accommodation below.
Twin share in 2-bedroom apartment
FULLY BOOKED
$1,850
  • Single bed in room with one other person, in apartment with two bedrooms
  • Self-contained with lounge/kitchen
  • Share bathroom with no more than three others (toilet separate from bathroom)
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Private studio
FULLY BOOKED
$2,250
  • Queen bed
  • Additional single bed (share with a friend and each receive 15% discount)
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Views of lovely native gardens from your private deck
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Private 1-bedroom chalet
FULLY BOOKED
$2,450
  • Self-contained with lounge/kitchen
  • Separate bedroom with king size bed (share with a partner and each receive 15% discount)
  • Separate modern bathroom
  • Views across farmland to Abel Tasman National Park
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A 30 per cent deposit must be paid within five business days of booking to secure your place. The balance must be paid 31 days before the retreat.

Cancellation policy: If the Tasman region is in Covid-19 Alert Level 2, the retreat will take place with appropriate physical distancing. If the region is in Alert Level 3 or 4, the retreat will be cancelled and if WE cancel for this reason, you will receive a full refund less 10 per cent if the cancellation takes place within 7 days of our start date (to reimburse our wonderful caterer, Chloe, for any non-perishable supplies she has bought).

If WE cancel for any other reason you will receive a full refund.

If YOU cancel your booking anytime at least one month (31 days) before the retreat, your deposit (and full payment if already made) will be refunded. If YOU cancel at least 15 days before the event, you will receive a refund less the 30 per cent deposit. If YOU cancel anytime within 14 days before the event, no refund will be possible unless your position is filled by someone else.