• come to your senses in brunswick heads
  • come to your senses in brunswick heads
  • come to your senses in brunswick heads
  • come to your senses in brunswick heads

Come to your Senses in Brunswick Heads

WHEN: 6 - 10 August, 2020

WHERE: Byron Bay

COST: $650 or $550 if booked by 6 July, 2020 (ex. accom)

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" All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses " - Friedrich Nietzsche
Are you new to writing and have a story you wish to tell but not sure where to start?

Are you midway through a writing project, want to make it more compelling but not quite sure how to? Are you a published author but stuck and uninspired with your next piece? Then join us! Come to your senses and cocoon in the beautiful venue and surrounds in Brunswick Heads, with Shelley and a small group (max 8) of fellow writers.

Any writer who’s attuned to the power of writing from your senses can excite the same interest and delight in their readers. Through exploring the senses during this retreat, you’ll create your own lexicon — phrases, words, free of cliché and rich with detail to enrich and deepen your expression.

Find your own descriptions; your unique writing voice so you can convey the observed world through all your senses in fresh and compelling ways. Shape your stories so they’re alive and rich and move your readers and allow them, too, to see things anew.

So, whether you’re a beginner, an emerging, or a published writer, this retreat will help you create a whole swag of new ways to depict what you see, hear, taste, smell and touch.

Each day at the retreat, you’ll: 

  • write a piece so charged with sensory detail it captivates your readers
  • create new and exciting pieces of writing or finesse something you’ve “prepared earlier”
  • find new ways to explore story and write with authenticity and depth
  • spend free time making progress on your writing or enjoying an afternoon siesta or wandering, wondering and finding inspiration for your stories.

We’ll look at the basics of editing. You’ll not only create a powerful story but also learn vital techniques for shaping and finessing future writing.

All writers will greatly benefit from this intimate 4-day writing program: 'Come to your Senses' with Shelley Kenigsberg.

We’ve chosen Brunswick Heads for 'Come to your Senses' — the small, unspoilt coastal village on the NSW north coast, situated at the mouth of the Brunswick River. 

Here, you’ll have writing sessions in the living room of The Create Escape HQ, lunch at the venue and have time to revel in the delights of the nearby picturesque village.

At the 'Come to your Senses' you'll –

  • Write, discuss, learn, write, write...
  • Enjoy cooked lunches in the dining area that will be inspired by the senses you are writing about
  • Have time to walk along the river or by the ocean; invite your writing muses to come and sit with you on the riverbank or beach, breathe fresh invigorating air and dream up more stories

The Programme

Thursday 6 August

  • First session begins 4pm
  • Aperitivo at 6:30pm
Friday 7 August
  • 10 am - 1pm morning workshops 
  • 1pm Lunch and break (L)
  • 3 - 5:30pm relaxed afternoon sessions

Saturday 8 August

  • 10 am - 1pm morning workshops
  • 1pm Lunch and break (L)
  • 3 - 5:30pm relaxed afternoon sessions 
Sunday 9 August
  • 10 am - 1pm morning workshops 
  • 1pm -  Lunch and break (L)
  • 4:30 - 7pm relaxed Brunswick River Cruise join us for optional dinner
Monday 10 August
  • 10am - 12 summary session

Did you know?

  • Humans may be able to smell over 1 trillion scents, according to researchers. They do this with the olfactory cleft, which is found on the roof of the nasal cavity, next to the "smelling" part of the brain, the olfactory bulb and fossa. — New England Journal of Medicine: ‘The Role of PIEZO2 in Human Mechanosensation’
  • Touch isn't just a sense used to interact with the world; it also seems to be very important to a human's well-being. A pat on the back, a caress of the arm are everyday, incidental gestures that we usually take for granted, thanks to our amazingly dexterous hands. But after years spent immersed in the science of touch, researchers are telling us they are our primary language of compassion, and a primary means for spreading compassion.— Dacher Keltner, ‘Hands on Research: The Science of Touch’, www.greatergood.berkeley.edu
  • The sense of taste aided in human evolution, according to the National Library of Medicine, USA, because taste helped people test the food they ate. A bitter or sour taste indicated that a plant might be poisonous or rotten. Something salty or sweet, however, often meant the food was rich in nutrients.

Brunswick Heads (natural beauty all within 10 mins walk from our headquarters)


" Another stunning day at the retreat... Such a great experience to have the time, space and guidance to really get into the guts of my manuscript! It's not nearly as hard as I thought. Writing, editing, delicious food, birds, a roaring log fire, tranquility, wonderful people and conversation and words, words, words. Thank you... " - Helen McLennan

"Appealing to the five senses is the feature that will always set writing apart from the visual media. A good writer will tell us what the world smells like, what the textures are, what the sounds are, what the light looks like, what the weather is." Janet Fitch

About Shelley Kenigsberg

Shelley Kenigsberg is a prominent freelance editor, writer and trainer and, latterly, ghost-writer, who’s worked in publishing for over 30 years. She works for publishers (Penguin Random House, McGraw-Hill, Brandl & Schlesinger, the kind press, TAFE NSW, among them); also, writers publishing independently. Her favourite role? Being editor and writing mentor which holds the privilege of working on a diverse and fascinating list of projects, fiction and non-fiction.

Shelley’s career spans production assistant to publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Harper Collins, Shakespeare Head Press, John Wiley & Macquarie University. In 1998, she became freelance, as proprietor of S K Publishing in Sydney.

In 2009, she created Editing in Paradise, with retreats run in paradisal places such as Bali, Mornington, Byron Bay. Through a later incarnation—Writing in Paradise— Shelley offers writing retreats in pieces of paradise locally. She currently runs Writers’ Salons online, via Writing in Paradise.

Shelley was Head of Macleay College’s Book Editing and Publishing Diploma for 24 years and leads long and short courses in editing and writing. She presents at literary festivals and writers’ centres in Australia, Indonesia, Singapore.  Read more about Shelley Kenigsberg here>>


" All we have to believe is our senses: the tools we use to perceive the world, our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted" - Neil Gaimen, American Gods
" Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader — not the fact that it's raining, but the feel of being rained upon.. ." - E. L. Doctorow

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