First Edition Retreat


'This retreat was an extremely valuable experience. In a journey that can sometimes be isolating, it was wonderful to have the opportunity to connect with other writers. It is amazing how much you can learn from your peers over a meal and a glass of wine! Laurie Steed was brilliant, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge (plus more than a dash of humour) to the workshops. The feedback he provided in the mentoring session was both encouraging and constructive, and I left feeling optimistic about my novel’s potential. Highly recommended to any emerging writer!' Ashleigh Hardcastle, 2017 recipient

Thank You!


The KSP Writers' Centre 2022-23 First Edition Retreat is managed by the KSP Foundation Inc and supported by the Shire of Mundaring with full sponsorship from the WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

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2022-23 First Edition Retreat

As part of the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program

Applications now CLOSED.


The KSP Writers' Centre is pleased to offer this fantastic opportunity to three emerging writers from Western Australia for a fully funded two-year development program, including retreats, workshops, seminars and mentoring. This retreat with esteemed local author Dr Laurie Steed is included as part of the 4 Centres Emerging Writer Program coordinated by Fremantle Press in partnership with the KSP Writers’ Centre, Fellowship of Writers WA, Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre, and WA Poets Inc. Sponsored by the WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.


These retreat placements at KSP in 2022 and 2023 offer private mentoring, workshops, group critiquing sessions, interaction with fellow authors, and a one-year KSP membership extension. Recipients will also gain access to a series of manuscript development workshops with Fremantle Press. The goal of the program is for recipients to complete and polish their current work-in-progress with the aim of being ready to pitch it to traditional publishers by the time the program finishes in 2023 (if not sooner).

'I'm looking to work with short story writers and novelists who are on their way to completing either a collection of stories or a novel. I encourage writers who are willing to play against type or to step out of their comfort zone to apply. The work presented does not need to be perfect. Indeed, it's better if it's not. What's more important is a willingness to develop one's craft, and to be open to the many possibilities of fiction.' Laurie Steed



  • Deadline to apply: Thursday 7 October 2021 

  • The first retreat will be held THURS TO SUN 17-20 MARCH 2022. The second retreat will be held over four days in 2023, dates TBD.

  • Limit of three places only 

  • Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria (below)

  • Retreat cost: None. 

Criteria/eligibility to apply:

  • The applicant is a current financial member of KSP and current resident of Western Australia.

  • The applicant has never had a *full work of fiction contracted and published by a **traditional publisher.

  • The applicant has never received a KSP fellowship, residency or retreat placement previously, OR they did receive a previous placement and did submit contractual reports on time. 

  • The applicant was not selected by KSP for the 2019-20 Four Centres Emerging Writer Pilot Program.

  • The applicant is not currently employed by the KSP Foundation and is not a KSP board member.

  • The applicant is an emerging writer who can display dedication, talent and promise in their chosen creative writing genre, and has completed at least 50% of their first full length work as part of a dedicated author career goal. These writers may have achieved some literary awards and publication of individual works (i.e. short stories, novellas, essays) but have not yet published a full work.

  • The applicant's work-in-progress is in the genre of contemporary literary fiction, short fiction, or commercial genre fiction. 

  • The applicant is committed to developing their manuscript to completion by the end of the two-year program, and be ready to pitch to publishers at that time.

  • IMPORTANT! The applicant has their own transport or ability to travel to a series of complimentary publishing seminars and networking events hosted by Fremantle Press which will be held at various locations in Perth as part of this Fellowship, approximately 5-6 per year, over two years. Attendance at these workshops are mandatory.

*We define a 'full work' as being at least 50,000 words, written by a sole author.
**A traditional publisher has an ABN and national or international distribution, covers all publication costs, and has a team of professionals who work with the author throughout the various stages of book production.

How to apply:

  1. Read the eligibility details on this KSP web-page. If you meet the criteria, proceed with application.

  2. Sign up for a free Submittable account.

  3. Commence the Submittable application form by clicking on the 'Submit' button below.

  4. Understand and agree to the terms and expectations involved. 

  5. Organise a CV, author profile image, statement of intent, synopsis and sample of work, as per instructions on the Submittable application form.

  6. Proofread application carefully, upload files, and submit before the deadline.


About Laurie Steed:

Dr Laurie Steed is author of the 2018 WA Premier's Book Awards shortlisted novel, You Belong Here, published in 2018, and the editor of Shibboleth and other stories, published in 2016. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere. He teaches Advanced Fiction for Writers Victoria, and won the Patricia Hackett Prize in 2012. In 2014, he became the first Australian writer granted fellowship in the history of the Sozopol Fiction Seminars and, in 2015, he was selected for the 2016 Bernheim Writers Residency in Kentucky, USA.