1st 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

This unique retreat as part of the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program will see three WA writers enjoy an intensive long weekend KSP retreat in the beautiful Perth hills, hosted by esteemed West Australian author, Dr Laurie Steed. It offers promising emerging writers the opportunity for private mentoring, development of a first draft manuscript, interaction with fellow authors, and exclusive free access to a series of Fremantle Press publishing workshops throughout 2019/2020, to provide insights into the world of publishing and the business of being a writer.



  • Deadline to apply: Sunday 15 September 2019

  • This retreat will be held THURS TO SUN 17-20 OCTOBER 2019

  • Limit of three places only

  • Fee to apply: $25 application fee

  • Fee for successful applicants: $300 pp

  • Value: $1,100

'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 contemporary 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

Suitable for: Contemporary novelists (fiction and memoir) and short story writers who have a complete first or second draft ready to polish for publication. Previous recipients, KSP members, non-members, Board of Management, KSP staff, volunteers and sub-committee members are eligible to apply. 

Costs: $25 application fee; successful applicants also required to contribute $300 (non-refundable) in full prior to the retreat. This subsidised amount is inclusive of accommodation, lunch and breakfast, mentoring, critiquing and workshops.

Deadline to apply: 5.00pm AWST Sunday 15 September 2019. Applicants will be notified approximately two-three weeks after this date.

How to apply: Using the online form below, please submit:

  • One document as a DOC or DOCX file, including:

    • Cover Page: Write a statement of intent, max 500 words, including your goals for the work, the genre it is, what stage of completion it is at, what areas you would like assistance with, summary of the whole work, and why this retreat would be beneficial to you (optional). DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN THIS DOCUMENT.

    • Sample of Work: Max 3,000 words, Arial or Times New Roman font, 1.5 spacing in PDF, DOC or DOCX format, all pages numbered, and with the title on each page in header. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN THIS DOCUMENT.

  • An author image, for publicity

  • An author bio, max 50 words, for publicity

  • Following the confirmation email on submission, transfer the $25 application fee as per the provided bank details (in the email).


Please note: YOUR NAME SHOULD NOT APPEAR ON ANY PART OF THE ATTACHED COVER PAGE/SAMPLE as this is a blind selection. Retreat placements are selected only by discretion of the judge (Laurie Steed). The judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Copyright of work remains with the author.

More details: Scheduled retreat activities run from 11am Friday 18 October until 4pm Sunday 20 October 2019. You will receive a timetable prior to arrival. Recipients have the option to arrive anytime on Thursday 17 October for private writing time OR on Friday morning prior to the first retreat activity. As an added bonus, you will receive an invitation to a series of exclusive publishing workshops with Fremantle Press throughout 2019/20, with dates TBC.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Up to three nights' accommodation in a self-contained KSP retreat 

  • Complimentary welcome bottle of wine to share

  • Continental breakfast and lunch supplies both days, plus all-you-can-drink tea, coffee and biscuits

  • Private writing time

  • Opportunity to network and bond with fellow authors

  • One private 60 minute mentoring and story intensive session with Dr Laurie Steed to provide one-on-one feedback on the submitted work and to discuss the larger project (if applicable)

  • One 60 minute guided group session for each writer to gain peer feedback and constructive critique on their submitted work

  • Three group workshops (two hours each) on specific aspects of writing

  • Two 'Sound of a Story' workshops to analyse classic works of short fiction (optional)

  • One year membership to the KSP Writers' Centre, or a one year extension if already a member

  • Final performance readings of the developed work at the Centre with family and friends invited to attend

  • Invitation to a series of exclusive free publishing workshops with Fremantle Press throughout 2019, dates to be confirmed

  • Option to submit to Westerly magazine for editorial feedback from Dr Catherine Noske and consideration of publication in a relevant issue


About Laurie Steed

Dr Laurie Steed is the Patricia Hackett Prize winning author of You Belong Here, and lives in Perth, Western Australia. 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 is a member of the Editorial Board of Margaret River Press. In 2014, he became the first Australian writer granted fellowship in the history of the Sozopol Fiction Seminars and, in May 2015, was selected for the 2016 Bernheim Writers Residency in Kentucky, USA.


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