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9 August 2019 –

Led by Dr Inga Simpson & Dr Christopher Carter

Cost: $7950* tbc ($6850* Orkney & Shetland tbc).

Group size: 8-14

Edinburgh – Trossachs NP – Cairngorms NP – Isle of Skye – Isle of Harris/Lewis  – John o’ Groats – Orkney Islands Shetland

“One never quite knows the mountain, or one’s self in relation to it”

~ Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain.

This journey through the Scottish Highlands and islands is designed for travellers interested in writing and the natural world.

Dr Inga Simpson (author of Understory, Nest, here Mr Wigg, and buy amoxicillin online Portland Where the Trees Were) teams up with archaeologist and expert tour leader, Dr Christopher Carter (of Time Travel Australia) to offer a unique combination of travel and retreat, walking and writing — an immersion in some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, and rich natural, human and literary histories.

We’ll explore the wildest landscapes of Scotland: the Trossachs and Cairngorms national parks, the Isle of Skye, and the islands of Harris & Lewis. And, if you choose the optional archeological adventure, magical Orkney and Shetland.

Along the way, you’ll learn how to capture what you see and experience on the page, through a series of practical workshops, and one-on-one feedback from Inga. 

For those continuing on to Orkney and Shetland, you’ll have also the chance to apply what you have learned, developing a polished piece based on your journey for feedback.

We’ll meet in Edinburgh, UNESCO City of Literature, during festival season, retracing the steps of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson to take in the city’s highlights, including Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, and the Royal Mile. For those interested, there is also the option of attending the National Book Festival.

Then we’ll head inland, to the Trossachs, the picturesque landscapes that have inspired many writers and artists, including Scott, Wordsworth, & Coleridge. We’ll walk Loch Katrine – one of the settings in Stevenson’s Kidnapped, hiding place of outlaw Rob Roy, and the inspiration for Scott’s “Lady of the Lake”. We’ll also stroll through remnants of the Great Wood of Caledon, visit some of the region’s historical highlights, and taste its best local whiskeys and gins.

Then we’re off to Cairngorms, subject of Nan Shepherd’s classic, The Living Mountain. Cairngorms National Park is the largest in the UK, containing its highest mountains and many rare and endangered species, including: highland tigers, golden eagles, capercaillies, water voles, ptarmigan’s and pine martens.

Next we cross the water to the Isle of Skye, famous for its spectacular scenery, wildlife and history. We’ll stay in charming Portree, and day-trip highlights include: the Flodigary fossils, Neist Point Lighthouse, Dunvegen Castle, and up close experience with seals.

On atmospheric Harris and Lewis we’ll visit neolithic sites, including Callanish Standing Stones and the Trussel Stone, and see where the mysterious Lewis Chessmen were found.

Then we head north, up to John O’ Groats, to take the spectacular coastal walk to the Rock Stacks of Duncansby, complete with nesting sea birds and curious seals.

For those continuing on to Orkney, Christopher will guide you through some of the best-known neolithic ruins, Skara Brae and the Ness of Brodgar on Mainland. We’ll also venture further afield to the islands of Hoy, Rousay and Westray, visiting a range of sites and spectacular landscapes. The islands are also rich in birdlife, with the sea a constant and powerful presence.

Shetland, the northernmost part of Scotland, is even more remote, and more magical, containing a broad range of prehistoric ruins. It is here that you we will have the opportunity to participate in a real archaeological dig!

Throughout both legs of the tour, we’ll stay in historic buildings in beautiful natural settings.

During the first leg of the tour, Christopher will offer alternate activities for non-writing partners, including: historical & archaeological excursions, wildlife photography workshops, fly fishing lessons, and whiskey/gin tastings.

Writing workshops

The writing workshops are suitable for writers at all levels, whether interested in nature writing, travel writing, memoir, fiction, blog-writing, short pieces or book-length projects. The workshop content will be tailored to suit the interests and skills of participants.

Our time spent immersed in the Trossachs, Cairngorms, Isle of Skye and Harris will include daily writing workshops, exploring a range of techniques for writing about place, in combination with plot and character. The workshops utilise a mixture of tuition, examples 9often from works set in those places we will be visiting), practical writing exercises and group discussion.

You’ll also have the opportunity to receive written and verbal feedback from Inga on up to 5000 words submitted beforehand. And, if travelling on to Orkney and Shetland, you’ll have the chance to apply what you have learned, developing a personal piece about your journey to submit to Inga for feedback.

Tour highlights:

Stirling Castle
Loch Katrine
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The Great Wood of Caledon
Cairn Gorm
Rock Stacks of Duncansby
Flodigary fossils
Callanish Standing Stones
Skara Brae
Lewis Chessmen
Old Man of Hoy
Unique bird and wildlife
Whiskey and gin tastings
Archaeological digs

Inclusions:

Tour leader and/or local guides for the duration of the tour
Accommodation (twin-share) in 4-star accommodation with private facilities. Single supplement available on request
Land transport on private, chartered mini-coach
Most meals
10  writing workshops with Inga Simpson
Individual feedback on 5000 words submitted beforehand
(For those travelling to Orkney and Shetland, individual feedback on a further 5000 words)
Entries to sites listed in itinerary
Comprehensive tour booklet
Group tips (bus drivers, local guides)

*based on twin-share, Single-supplement prices tbc.

For a more detailed itinerary or more information about the writing workshops, email inga@olvarwood.com.au

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Lamington NP Retreat

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We’re excited to announce a five-night nature writing retreat in world heritage-listed Lamington National Park, staying at historic O’Reilly’s.

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  • Five nights’ accommodation in a Rainforest Lodge Mountain View room
  • All tuition (5 morning workshops)
  • Personal feedback on written work submitted beforehand (up to 5000 words).
  • Welcome sunset drinks and nibbles at Moonlight Crag (a 500m clifftop overlooking the Lost World Rainforest and MacPherson Ranges), followed by drinks and a light dinner in the Rainforest Bar
  • Five buffet breakfasts in the Rainforest Retreat Guesthouse
  • Three 3-course dinners in the Rainforest Retreat Guesthouse
  • Final night private dinner in the Mountain View Dining Room
  • Guided early morning bird walk
  • Morning canopy treetop walk
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  • A winetasting tour at Canungra Valley Vineyard
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Tea, coffee, and a light morning tea during session.
  • Gorgeous walks, scenery, and Gondwanaland remnants on tap

The retreat is suitable for writers at all levels. It focuses on place, and capturing the natural world on the page, whether in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, travel writing or poetry – and the content will be tailored to suit the writing needs of participants.

Workshops will cover: research, character, plot and place, setting & description, developing a novel from a messy manuscript to a polished draft, self editing, and submission. I use a mixture of tuition, practical writing exercises, and writing examples, with plenty of opportunity for group discussion.

Notes:

Transfers are available from Gold Coast Airport at an additional cost.

*If you would prefer to stay in a newly-appointed Villa, which has a full kitchen, and self-cater (other than the welcome and final dinners), the total cost would be $2630.  The villas have two-bedrooms and two-bathrooms, so you could share with another writer, or bring a writing pal, to reduce the cost. Please enquire if you would like to book this option.

Deposits are fully refundable until 5 July.

There is a restaurant, bar, café and small store on site.

Please email me with any questions.

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White Beech by Germaine Greer

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One Mountain After Another by Arthur Groom

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Kangaroo Island Retreat – March 2016

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Travel guide: Chris Carter (Time Travel Australia)

Writing tuition: Dr Inga Simpson

March 9 – 17, 2016

Group: max 10

Cost: $3195 (ex Adelaide)

 

a walk is only a step away from a story, and every path tells” ~ Robert Macfarlane.

Travel back in time to Kangaroo Island – considered Australia’s Galapagos – with author Inga Simpson (Nest, Mr Wigg, Where the Trees Were) in this week-long immersion in writing and in place. We’ll explore the island’s unique landscapes, natural and human histories, flora and fauna (did you know the island was once home to a dwarf emu?!) – and of course its fine food and wine.

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In between all that stunning scenery, Inga will lead daily writing workshops, focusing on techniques for bringing the natural world to life on the page. How to describe what you see, remember – and imagine. You’ll develop a toolkit for evocative description, learn how to harness story and emotion, and to anchor plot, character and structure to place. Each workshop uses a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with plenty of opportunity for discussion.

We’ll consider the traditions of nature writing, as well as issues such as anthropomorphism, notions of belonging, and acknowledging the whole history of a place. You’ll also receive one-on-one feedback on your writing (submitted beforehand), and, of course, have plenty of time to write – or just wander, in search of inspiration.

The retreat is ideal for nonfiction and fiction writers at all levels, particularly those with an interest in nature writing, environmental, travel or history writing, memoir, or place-based fiction. Unplugged from the mainland, you’ll not only explore the island but learn how to better capture a sense of place on the page – and tap deeper into your own creativity.

This is the first in our Retreat to an Island series, which combines travel with learning, offering a unique experience staying some of Australia’s most beautiful islands.

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Tuition, feedback, accommodation, meals, transfers, and park fees are all included.

For more information about the writing program, contact Inga: inga@olvarwood.com.au

To book, or for a full itinerary, please contact Chris: info@ruins.com.au

Weekend Retreat @ Kioloa: 4-6 December

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December 4-6, 2015

Led by Inga Simpson and Chris Carter

Participants: 10-15

Cost: $525 (includes accommodation, tuition, guided walks, and all meals).

Where: Kioloa, far south coast, NSW

The miniature sandscapes of ridge and valley pressed into the soles of my feet and for days after the walk I would feel a memory of that pressure and pattern” ~ Robert Macfarlane.

Start your writing summer early by spending a weekend immersed in writing and place on the pristine far south coast of New South Wales.

Writing workshops will be led by Dr Inga Simpson, author of Nest and Mr Wigg. You’ll learn more about the genre of nature writing, and through a mixture of tuition, examples, practical writing exercises and discussion, hone your skills for describing the natural world and anchoring character and plot to place. You’ll also consider issues around writing for advocacy, anthropomorphism v anthropocentrism, and notions of belonging.

We’ll be staying in an historic homestead on the Australian National University Kioloa coastal campus. Kioloa dining and kitchen

The weekend will also include guided walks, led by archaeologist (and head chef!), Chris Carter. We’ll learn more about the natural and human histories of Kioloa and get a closer look at its beautiful beaches and forest.

Kioloa is 2 & 1/2 hours from Canberra and 3 & 1/2 hours from Sydney.

Watch a gorgeous video about Kioloa Coastal campus here.

Bookings via: info@ruins.com.au

Contact Inga regarding the workshop  content: Inga@olvarwood.com.au

 

Nature Writing Masterclass – 29 August

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The class will be led by Inga Simpson, through a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with plenty of opportunities for discussion. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the tradition of nature writing, the importance of story and emotion, a toolkit for describing the natural world, techniques for developing the thematic elements of your work – and probably a long reading list!

You’ll also receive personal feedback on up to 5000 words submitted beforehand, and the class will be tailored to suit the interests and strengths of participants.

When: Saturday 29 August. 9.15 am – 12.30 pm.

Where: In ‘the studio’ at Olvar Wood, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland (address details supplied once booked in).

Cost: $125 (includes, tuition, feedback and morning tea).inga simpson_34

Class: 4-8 participants.

To book: email Inga@olvarwood.com.au

Bio: Dr Inga Simpson is the author of Mr Wigg and Nest, which was longlisted for the Stella Prize, Miles Franklin Literary Award, and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. She has a PhD in Creative Writing (QUT), and is currently completing a second PhD in English literature (UQ), which examines Australia’s history of nature writing and its potential as an environmental strategy. Inga is also the winner of the 2012 Eric Rolls Nature Writing Prize.

Upcoming Nature Writing Retreats

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Our inaugural Shallow Crossing Nature Writing Retreat at The Escape, in May, was a great success. From 2016, we will be running the retreat each year in September/October as part of the Milton ArtsFest.

In the meantime, we can confirm that we will be offering a weekend nature writing retreat at Kiola, NSW (4-6 December).

Our Retreat to an Island series, in cahoots with Time Travel Australia, will kick off in March 2016 with a week-long retreat on Kangaroo Island.

In 2016, we also hope to offer nature writing retreats in Port Macquarie and Lamington National Park – more soon.

In 2017, again with Time Travel, we will be beginning our Nature Writing (and Walking) UK series with a journey across Britain – details soon.

In 2018, we are planning a one-off nature writing and ornithology trip to Peru!

Contact Inga to register your interest or join our mailing list: inga@olvarwood.com.au

Environmental Writing Workshop: Shallow Crossing, 5 May

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Led by Dr Inga Simpson, This workshop is ideal for those new to nature writing as well as professional writers working in environmental fields.

Whether you’re writing for your local government publication, volunteer newsletter, or just want to capture place more effectively in your fiction or non fiction – this one-day intensive in a wonderful setting will inspire.

You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message.

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Shallow Crossing is about 2hrs from Canberra or 30 mins from Bateman’s Bay.

Date: Tuesday 5 May (9.30am-4pm).

Cost: $125, including lunch and morning tea (the food, by the way, is fabulous).

Bookings close 29 April. For all enquiries and bookings, please email admin@olvarwood.com.au

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Nature Writing Retreat: Shallow Crossing, 3-8 May

Olvar Wood’s inaugural nature writing retreat will run from 3-8 May, 2015.

We’ll be ‘glamping’ at The Escape, at Shallow Crosssing, near Bateman’s Bay, on the south coast of NSW.  It’s a beautiful, wild setting: river frontage, amid a forest of spotted gums and cycads. The accommodation is glamorous and … the food to die for.

It’s an immersion in nature, and writing about place – whether you’re dreaming of being the next Annie Dillard or Barry Lopez, wanting to write the waves like Winton, or perhaps just sharpen your activist pencil to save your local environment.

There is a maximum of eight places available for residential writers.

The cost is $1995 per person (single occupancy)

or $1610 per person (twin or double share).

The cost includes:

  • all tuition (three morning workshops and one full-day workshop – held in the studio)
  • one-on-one feedback on up to 5000 words (submitted beforehand)
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • drinks and nibbles on arrival
  • all meals & soft drinks
  • morning teas
  • half day nature walk with Yuin Nation elder, Noel Butler
  • evening fireside concert with local musician Roddy Reason
  • access to retreat kayaks.

Of course, there will also be plenty of free time for you to wander, read, write and relax!

The retreat is ideal for non fiction and fiction writers with an interest in the natural world. The workshops focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: effective description, use of emotion, and the importance of story. Each workshop uses a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with opportunities for discussion. We’ll consider the traditions of nature writing, as well as issues such as anthropomorphism, the pressures of writing for advocacy, connection to place, and the blurry line between nature writing and memoir.

You’ll also meet with one of the tutors one afternoon during the retreat for individual feedback on up to 5000 words (fiction, non fiction or poetry) submitted beforehand.

Tuition and feedback will be provided by Dr Inga Simpson .

One-day workshop

Up to ten non-residential writers will be able to attend the full-day workshop on the Tuesday (9.30am-4pm), including lunch and morning tea, for $125.

This workshop is ideal for professional writers working in environmental fields, as well as creative writers. The workshop will focus on broadening your knowledge of nature and environmental writing, equipping you with a ‘toolkit’ for describing the natural world, and tips on writing for advocacy.

Retreat bookings require a deposit of $250 by 31 January (fully refundable), with the balance due 23 March.

Workshop bookings, with payment, can be made at any time up until 14 April, 2015.

[Note: If you are unable to make it this year, the next retreat will run over one week in October, 2016 as part of the Milton Arts Festival. ]

For all enquiries and bookings, please email admin@olvarwood.com.au

 

Cultivating place masterclass: 31 Jan

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Details are available here.

She has also written a guest blog for the QWC, to whet the appetite, on the pleasure of details, which you can view here.