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  • writing in paradise, ibiza 2017

Writing in Paradise, Ibiza 2017

WHEN: 19-26th August, 2017

WHERE: Ibiza, Spain

COST: *from AUD $3300 plus €250 Book Now

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It’s time to write all about it…

Are you working on a manuscript and feeling what writers often feel: Stuck? Lost? Dispirited? Would you like to get inspired to not only keep writing but also truly find your writing voice?

Why not join Shelley Kenigsberg and David Leser from the superb Editing in Paradise team for our unique workshop held on the magical island of Ibiza.

About the teachers

Shelley Kenigsberg is a prominent freelance editor, writer and educator.

In her 30-year career in publishing Shelley has commissioned new titles (educational, fiction and non-fiction) and edited for Australia’s most respected publishing companies.

She has been a writing mentor for authors — privately and via the Australian Society of Authors. She works with those who have manuscripts accepted for publication as well as those preparing to submit to publishers, or publishing independently.

Shelley presents long and short courses in editing and writing at literary festivals and at writers’ centres in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore. She has been Head of Book Editing and Publishing at Sydney’s premier independent university, Macleay College, for 25 years and active in Australian national and state editing societies, serving terms as President and Vice President of NSW Society of Editors.

David Leser is an award-winning journalist who has worked in Australia and internationally for the past 37 years. Author of six books, his most recent – a memoir, To Begin to Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father (2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 Australian National Biography Award. While his other books include political biography, history and business, he was also editor of Paul Kelly: The Essays (2012), as well as Executive Producer of the award-winning Australian music documentary ‘Paul Kelly: Stories of Me’.

A former Middle East and Washington correspondent David has worked as a senior feature writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, The Bulletin, HQ magazine and, for a decade, as the writer-at-large for The Australian Women’s Weekly. He was Australian correspondent for Italian and German Vanity Fair

Based in Sydney, David also works as a public interviewer, guest lecturer and writing mentor.

The Team. 

We’re a passionate and professional writing team and it would be our pleasure to have you join us for this intense (and intensely fun-filled) week. You might keep working on your current project, or produce new writing but there’s no doubt you’ll develop new writing skills and invigorate your energy for telling the stories you want to tell in the most engaging way that you can.

At this Writing in Paradise workshop you'll:

  • write daily to release and use your imagination to create something memorable and captivating
  • be introduced to the power of “free writing”
  • learn about the importance of the rewrite and edit
  • experience the delight of knowing you can safely work with supportive peers
  • be immersed in the writing process with two well-established writing mentors and editors.

You’ll be given considered feedback, support and encouragement in such a way that you’re able to find the magic of the newly imagined … break through with what Hemingway described as the hardest thing about the whole endeavour: ‘Getting the words right’.

    The program:

    • Mornings: Writing sessions and group classes on elements of the writing craft.
    • Lunch: Dine together at the resort/ local restaurant.
    • Afternoons: Free time to rest, explore the island, swim, be pampered, read, muse, write.
    • Evenings 1: Reconvene at 6.30 for drinks/snacks and dinner.
    • Evenings 2: A reading/writing session. We aim to finish around 9.30.

    "It was powerful to reverberate with the truth of what others were writing and feel that power in my own words. It was always there. I had just stopped listening." - Kelly McDonald, Bali

    "Writing in Paradise gave me confidence. Every morning when I'm procrastinating, I ask myself the same question Shelley asked one morning: ‘If not now, then when?’ And then I start writing." - Q Hermann, Myanmar.

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    About Ibiza

    At the heart of Ibiza, deep below the hedonistic surface, lies an ancient and mystical center: Hidden sun-kissed coves of crystal clear waters, a lush countryside dotted with whitewashed villages, almond and olive trees, orange groves and ancient figs, where traditional village life blends peacefully with the conveniences of the modern world.
    A mild Mediterranean climate allows for year-round enjoyment of the island’s natural beauty and unique culture.

    About the venue

    Our home for this inspiring retreat and vacation is located on the east coast of the island, in the beautiful town of Santa Eulalia. Our house, within a ten minute walk from the town centre is surrounded by immaculately kept, communal gardens with a swimming pool and a view of the sea. The closest beach, Niu Blau, is 500 meters away and can be reached via a stunning coastal path.

    The peaceful environment of the house provides our workshop participants with an ideal atmosphere for work, contemplation, connection and rest.

    Having accommodation within the same complex as the workshop increases the opportunities for the continual flow of ideas and inspiration. The studio space is prepared for all of your needs. Writers are welcome to use the grounds and house as a backdrop for their personal work.

    The location, close to the sea, and the beauty of Ibiza offers many wonderful activities and experiences.


    Pre arrival payment.
    ** Updated Early Bird rate till the 15th March 2017.

    AUD Euro* (correct at time of publishing)
    Early Bird $3300
    Early Bird €2300
    From 15th March $3600 From the 15th March €2500
    Single supplement $ 650.00 Single supplement € 445.00

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