What do readers want? A great story, well told with engaging characters and turn-the-page tension. That’s what the Tell Me a Story Writing Retreat will help you write.

I am so excited to be running this writing retreat. Having attended a retreat on the beautiful island of Savu Savu a few years ago with the amazing Cate Kennedy I am super keen to be in the driver’s seat myself and share what I have learnt about writing a novel and  getting it published. This retreat has been chosen as one of the Top Five Writing Retreats of 2017


The retreat is being held at the gorgeous Daku Resort on the island of Savu Savu. Daku is a small, laid back, intimate resort with the top rating on Trip Advisor for the island. Owners Delia and J J are always on hand to chat to their guests and the Fijian staff are friendly and more than helpful. I actually cried when I had to leave!


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Retreat Summary

Content: An Intensive Writing Course in Commercial Fiction

  • includes a one-on one mentoring session
  • and advice based on reading 5,000 words of a manuscript in advance
    Dates: April 29 – May 6
    Programme: Daily morning workshops of 3 hours
    Suitability: For people who have started on a writing project and may even have a manuscript
    Excursions and extras: Visit to waterfall, beach picnic, village visit
    Food: Three meals a day; Fijian, Indian and International menu
    Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu April 29. Course starts morning April 30, ends evening May 5. Depart Savusavu May 6. (Airfares not included)
    Cost: AUD $2300 single room
    AUD $1950 twin room
    AUS$1075 non-writing partner

Course Outline

 In this 6 Day Intensive Writing Course you will learn the secrets to writing a novel readers won’t want to put down. Whether you’re just getting started on your novel or all the way through your first draft you will come away with a much deeper understanding of how plot, setting, character and style all work together to create an enjoyable work of fiction. In addition you’ll find out how to make your manuscript more attractive to publishers and discover how to turn your great idea into a fully developed story.
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Morning classes will be information based and will include:

  • exercises on plot
  • structure
  • character
  • place
  • and other aspects of craft.

Afternoons will include mentoring sessions, during which each participant will receive feedback on their writing.

Prior to the course the tutor will read the first 5,000 words of each participant’s novel and give feedback in separate one-on-one mentoring meetings over the duration of the course.

Additional Activities

Included in the cost of the course is accommodation, 3 meals a day and excursions to various parts of the island. It’s a great combination of writing time, instruction, networking with other writers, sightseeing and soaking up the beautiful Fijian sun.


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Who is this course suited to?

While this writing retreat is designed for those writing and seeking to publish commercial fiction it would suit anyone who is writing a novel. Ideally attendees will be well into their first draft, or even further down the path to completion. If you’re not sure whether it would suit you please email me for a chat about your writing project and plans.

Your Tutor

That’s me 🙂

I have been writing for 17 years and have four novels published with Hachette Australia. My novels are all in the Rural Fiction genre but I have also written literary fiction, poetry and memoir and am a wide and eclectic reader. You can check out the Goodreads reviews for my latest novel, The Crossroads, here.

I have a background in high school teaching and have also been teaching creative writing for the last 12 years. You can find a full list of my workshops and classes on this website. A number of my students have been published. I love working with emerging writers and helping them further along their path to publication.


For further details:

Email Pamela: pamela@justwrite.net.au

Paradise Courses: http://paradisecourses.com/pamela-cook-writing-tell-me-a-story/


Hope to see you there!


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