Orkney-Shetland Retreat

14 days

August 2019

Dr Inga Simpson

Cost: tbc

Group size: 8-10

“I knew I had no future with someone who didn’t feel the lure of the islands, their peculiar blend of Scottish present and Norse past, the volatile sky, the ever-present sea.” 

~ Victoria Whitworth, Swimming with Seals.

This journey to magical Orkney and Shetland is designed for travellers interested in writing, walking, history and the natural world.

Dr Inga Simpson (author of Understory, Nest, https://nepomak.org/?n=zithromax-prices-NZ Mr Wigg, and Where the Trees Were) teams up with archaeologist 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, rich in natural, human and literary histories.

Orkney features some of the best-known neolithic ruins, Skara Brae and the Ness of Brodgar on Mainland. We’ll 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, containing a broad range of prehistoric ruins. It is here that you will have the opportunity to participate in a real archaeological dig!

Writing workshops

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.

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 landscape 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 (often 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 the chance to apply what you have learned, developing a personal piece about your journey to submit to Inga for feedback.

Tour highlights:

Skara Brae
Maes Howe
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
8  writing workshops with Inga Simpson
Individual feedback on 5000 words submitted beforehand
Entries to sites listed in itinerary
Comprehensive tour booklet
Group tips (bus drivers, local guides)

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

“I may come here every day, but I have never yet come to the same place twice.” ~ Victoria Whitworth.

 

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

 

 

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.

http://www.faeganspub.com/?f=metronidazole-200mg-buy When: 5th – 10th August 2016

http://actiononaccess.org/?c=buy-metronidazole-online-USA Where: O’Reilly’s

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watch How much: $1850* ($300 deposit to secure your booking).

go to site Dates: Written submissions and full payment due 5 July.

click here Inclusions:

  • 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
  • Guides glow worms night walk
  • 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.

http://actiononaccess.org/?c=buy-cipro-online-Canada Suggested reading: Moonlight Crag

White Beech by Germaine Greer

Green Mountains by Bernard O’Reilly.

One Mountain After Another by Arthur Groom

Comfort Food by Ellen van Neerven

Birds by Judith Wright

 

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

spring 2012 003This masterclass is ideal for more advanced writers of fiction or nonfiction interested in better evoking landscapes, flora and fauna on the page, and utilising the natural world not only as setting but the anchor for character, plot and structure.

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

tent-balconyOlvar Wood is excited to announce a new suite of nature writing retreats.

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

The Great Escape: Nature Writing Retreat 2015

tent-balcony-viewWe are excited to announce that Olvar Wood will be offering an exclusive nature writing retreat next year, in late April.

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 waves like Winton, or perhaps just wanting to sharpen your activist pencil to save your local environment.

There are five tents up for grabs, either for single or share occupancy, so a maximum of ten places for residential writers.

The cost is $1995 per person (single occupancy)

or $1607 per person (twin or double share).

This includes:

  • all tuition (four morning workshops and one full-day workshop – held in the studio)
  • one-on-one feedback on writing 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.

Tuition and feedback will be provided by Dr Inga Simpson.

Non-residential nature writers will be able to attend a one-day workshop on the Thursday (10am-5pm), including lunch and morning tea, for $125.

More information is available here:

For bookings, please email admin@olvarwood.com.au

 

Free year-long Olvar Wood mentorship

Next year begins today.

Yesterday I overheard someone say it was only eight fridays until Christmas. I tried to ignore it, block it out, but all dreaminess was ripped right out of my morning.

Throughout the day, I found myself thinking about all the ideas and plans I’ve had for next year – and realised that some of them need to begin right now.

We’ve decided to change – or perhaps more correctly, augment – the way we offer mentorships in 2014.

In memory of the (rather rewarding and successful) Olvar Wood Fellowship and the Manuscript Development Programs, we’re going to offer one free twelve-month mentorship each year, with a view to helping an emerging writer develop a manuscript to a publishable standard.

If interested, you will need to have the beginnings of a book-length manuscript – fiction, poetry or non-fiction, short stories, novel or novella – and submit the first 30 pages,  a synopsis, and a brief bio by 1 December, 2013.

The strongest application we receive will be awarded the prize. (This is a highly subjective process, and will be based, in part, on the writer/work we think we are best equipped to support – so please do not be discouraged if you are unsuccessful this time).

During 2014, the mentorship will be with me, Inga Simpson.

The winner will be informed 15 December and announced 16 December, 2013.

Up to four other year-long mentorships will be offered to ‘runners up’ at a reduced rate of $4000. See our mentorships page for more information.

Manuscript Triage

After some thought (and a visit to a hospital emergency department during a recent writers festival!) we have introduced a medical term to Olvar Wood: http://www.faeganspub.com/?f=flagyl-400mg-cost-USA Manuscript Triage.

It’s an addition to our Manuscript Appraisal service for those not sure if they are ready for a full appraisal, but nonetheless seeking professional feedback on their work. It’s very much like the triage process at a hospital emergency centre: an initial professional assessment before full admission.

Olvar Wood’s Manuscript Triage service allows you to submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript, and a synopsis, for assessment. You will receive a short report (3-5 pages), and the option of a face-to-face or phone meeting.

And, if you return to Olvar Wood for a full appraisal or mentorship within 12 months, we’ll deduct the cost of the Triage from your invoice.

You can find more information on our Appraisals page.

P.S. If you can think of a better name – please let us know!

Krista Fuller’s The Outside Inn

We always love to hear how former clients are doing. Today a lovely email arrived from Krista Fuller about the publication of her book The Outsider’s Inn . The book deals with some heavy stuff, but it’s handled with such a deft touch. We could probably all do with a little more conscious living …

A sample of some of the testimonials coming in below. With the best one last 🙂

“Krista’s treatment of this sensitive subject matter is inspired. To complement her exhaustive research, she writes with great wit and a deep compassion that is informed by her own trials and tribulations, giving her an empathy and understanding for the subject that is hard to equal.”

Dr George Blair-West: Psychiatrist, Author of The Way of The Quest

“Krista is a brave and insightful writer who draws on her own personal story that makes her book a powerful resource for her reader. I believe her heartfelt words will help many individuals, couples, families and those working in the field of emotional health and wellbeing look at these complex life issues from a refreshingly new perspective. Congratulations Krista, your book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the wonderful resilience of the human spirit, even in the most seemingly dire of consequences.”

Cynthia Morton: Author, Australian of the Year, Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence, Pride of Australia Medal

“Hi Krista. I’m 14 and I was given your book as a random act of kindness. The Outsider’s Inn has helped me understand the tougher subjects of today’s society. I would like to thank you for the helpful guide your book has been. You seem like a wonderful and very inspiring woman. An amazing book – everyone should read this, especially teens.”

Student: Newcastle, New South Wales