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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: 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!
Congratulations to the inaugural winner of the Stella Prize: Carrie Tiffany.
In a moving (and fitting) gesture, Carrie shared part of her prize with the other shortlisted writers. What a woman.
You can listen to Carrie’s gracious acceptance speech here.
Nike’s wonderful novel, Rupetta, about a partly mechanical woman who lives four hundred years, hits the stands next month, published by Tartarus Press, in the UK.
If you don’t know Tartarus, they publish beautifully bound books in the specualtive fiction genre. (Angela Slatter’s short story collection, Sourdough, is also on their list). Get your hands on a hard copy of Rupetta if you can.
The book is beautifully written – sentences to die for – and the story rich with wisdom, historical texture, and gorgeous detail. I have to warn you, though; it’s a little heartbreaking.
Rupetta will be launched at the The Golden Fleece in York, on 9 February, if you are mobile or in the neighbourhood.
You can read an extract here:
And some background about the novel from nike’s website here:
There have been some changes in the Wood, not least a holiday period without rain. It’s the driest summer so far, with some of the Wood’s inhabitants somewhat worse for wear, and everything tending to brown – a colour we are unfamilar with up here!
Tourist operators and beach-goers are happy though, after a string of disaster-sodden summers, which is a plus. And there is much less mowing to do.
To mark the new year, we’ve revamped the website. It’s still a bit of a work in progress – so do let us know what you think.
May this year, 2013, be the Year of Writing, and writing success, for all of you.