with Stephanie Bishop
Sunday November 8 - Sunday November 15th
Springfield is delighted to partner with
The Stella Prize
to offer an exciting new retreat with Stephanie Bishop:
Belonging and Place in
Narrative Fiction and Memoir
During this retreat we will dive deep into place and belonging and consider how human life occurs in relation to place: the place that is our home, the place of childhood, secret places, wild places, places of discovery, the places we long to see. In both fiction and memoir, place is essential; it grounds the narrative, generates action, creates atmosphere, adds layers and texture, and can become a character in its own right. Moreover, as writers, the exploration of place is often a source of great creative energy.
This retreat will offer you the chance to further develop this dimension of your work through writing exercises, discussion and private consultations. Throughout the week you will have the chance to work on new material, address specific challenges in your current project, and explore new strategies and techniques.
Close reading and feedback regarding your work (5000 words) by Stephanie
One:one consultation with Stephanie
Morning workshops exploring ideas of belonging and place in narrative fiction
Afternoon workshops exploring strategies and exercises for the editing and revision of new material
Poetry session with, Kirli Saunders, a proud Gunai woman, poet and storyteller.
An opportunity to present and discuss your current project
The option to do a reading from your writing to fellow retreat participants
Time to truly slow down and sink in to your writing in a beautiful country setting
Nourishment of organic farm to table meals made with fresh produce straight from our very own veggie gardens. Vegetarian and vegan options.
Truly slow down and amongst the countryside
A week of luxury accomodation
Optional daily gentle morning yoga
Optional massage, garden tours and bush walks
Beautiful workshop studio
Transfer to and from Bowral train station
Concierge staff and onsite laundry
IS THIS RETREAT FOR YOU?
This retreat is for writers and aspiring writers of serious intent who have been at work on a substantial project (a novel, memoir, short story or personal essay collection) for at least one year. Previous publication is not a requirement. You will need a print-out of your work in progress, a sense of adventure and a true willingness to experiment.
Springfield is situated on traditional lands that were shared by people of the Gundungurra, Dharawal and Yuin nations. Springfield is only five minutes drive from Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park.
We are 15 minutes from Bowral, Moss Vale and Robertson in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW. The energy here has been described as peaceful, still and even soporific, making it an excellent place for writers who want the quiet time and space needed to hear their writer's voice and sink in to the wonder of creative flow.
Meet The Author
LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE, DON'T MISS OUT!
WHAT TO EXPECT
On this retreat you’ll have the opportunity to write what you’ve always wanted to write. Your writing will be supported by Springfield’s signature creative ecology. Our retreat includes optional sessions of morning yoga, nature hike with a local guide, foraging and gardening, and making art with objects found in nature. Being on retreat in a beautiful natural place will bring insight to your work in surprising ways. Prepare to feel open and spacious as you tune into a different state of mind. Writing on retreat is so special. It initiates that altered state of mind we’re in when we’re writing. That’s when the magic happens. We’ll also take a break mid-week to refresh. You can use your free time to go even deeper into your writing, or take a break to enjoy the pool (weather permitting), treat yourself to a massage, visit one of the local villages, galleries or wineries, or simply sip a cappuccino, write postcards, and enjoy the gardens and views.
A DAY AT WILD WRITING
6:30 - 7 : Optional gentle morning yoga
7:30 - 8:30 : Breakfast
10:30 - 12 : Morning Writers Studio exploring ideas of belonging and place in the creative process
12:30 - 1 : Lunch
1 - 4 : One on one consults
Free / writing time
Optional daily massage
4:30 - 6 : Afternoon Writers Studio exploring strategies and exercises for the editing and revision of new material
6:30 - 7:30 : Dinner
Read what our past guests have had to say
“This week at Springfield has been a joy. The atmosphere of calm generosity gives you a way to approach your writing that is similarly kind. Gentle Magic.”
Belinda Castles, Sydney
Read more of what our past guests have had to say here.
Registered participants are invited to speak to the group about your writing project. You’ll have 10 minutes each to talk about your work. For example, you may choose to talk about what you’re writing, why you’re writing this particular piece, how long you’ve been working on it, what challenges you are currently facing, or what you hope to achieve at this Retreat. You may also use some of this time to read some of your work.
Please send up to 5000 words (12pt font, double spaced, numbered pages with your name as footnote) for Stephanie to read before the retreat. Only writing submitted by Monday 26th October will be read.
As numbers for this retreat are strictly limited (6-12) registration forms and deposit/payments must be received before your place is secured.
ROOMS, PRICES AND ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation is allocated according to availability and your first preference at the time of booking. We have two private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, if this is your preference please book early. If you choose to share we’ll pair you with a like-minded roommate, or bring a friend!
Please explore room options and descriptions here before booking.
$2,000* non-residential (includes all meals)
$2,500*pp shared room, shared bathroom:
(Avocado Room, Drover's Rest Rooms)
$3,000* private room, shared bathroom:
(Avocado Room, Indigo Room, Drover's Rest Rooms, Farm House Rooms)
$3,000*pp shared room with private ensuite:
(Rose Room, Blue Room)
$3,500* private room with private ensuite:
(Rose Room, Blue Room)
Drover's Rest Rooms