Shallow Crossing Retreat

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Dates: 16-19 October 2017

Group: 5-10

Cost: $1345

The annual nature writing retreat at Shallow Crossing is an immersion in writing and place. This year, it will run from 16 to 19 October, and led by Dr Inga Simpson (author of Understory, Where the Trees Were, Nest and Mr Wigg).

We’ll be ‘glamping’ at The Escape, on the Clyde River, on the south coast of NSW.  It’s a beautiful setting, in a high clearing overlooking the crossing, amid a forest of spotted gums and cycads. You’ll sleep to the sound of the river, and wake to mist over the water and grazing kangaroos. The accommodation is close to nature and yet glamorous, and the food to die for.

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, you’ll unplug and unwind for the week so as to focus on expanding your writing skills, developing your work in progress, and tapping deeper into your creativity.

“A fabulous retreat. The venue was simply stunning; the perfect place to escape from the world and focus on writing. Inga is a talented teacher, with so much knowledge and patience. I loved that she was willing to share her own experiences, as well as tailoring the course as we went to help everyone achieve their personal goals” – JoJo.


  • all tuition (four  workshops)
  • one-on-one feedback on up to 5000 words (submitted beforehand)
  • 3 nights accommodationEscape food
  • all meals
  • all nonalcoholic beverages
  • nature walk and talk with Yuin Nation elder, Noel Butler
  • afternoon kayak on the river (and full access to retreat kayaks throughout).

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

The retreat is ideal for nonfiction 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, emotion and story, and linking plot, character and place. Each workshop uses a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with plenty of opportunities for discussion. We’ll consider the evolving tradition of nature writing, as well as issues such as specificity, anthropomorphism, notions of belonging, and how to acknowledge the whole history of a place.

You’ll also meet with Inga during the retreat for individual feedback on up to 5000 words submitted beforehand.Port M, G Bay and Shallow 056

Retreat bookings require a deposit of $500, with the balance due by 21 September.

Written submissions for feedback are due by 21 September.

Shallow Crossing is 2 hours from Canberra and 3&1/2 hours from Sydney. The final 15kms is via unsealed road. Assistance with transfers is available.

For all enquiries, expressions of interest, and bookings:

* Please enquire re twin share rate.

Read Inga’s account of kayaking at Shallow Crossing.


9 thoughts on “Shallow Crossing Retreat

    • It’s on May 5 – can you still come, Peter? And could you spread the word? A few places left for the workshop and one for the retreat.
      Inga 🙂

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