Spring Story 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

2020 Retreat

Now Booked Out


This unique retreat for fiction writers offers an intensive long weekend to develop a draft manuscript in the beautiful Perth hills with esteemed West Australian author, Dr Laurie Steed. The retreat offers private mentoring, workshops, group critiquing sessions, interaction with fellow authors, KSP membership (or one year extension if already a member), bottle of wine to share plus breakfast and lunch supplies.

'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



  • Deadline to book: Sunday 30 August 2020 (or until booked out)

  • This retreat will be held THURS TO SUN 17-20 SEPTEMBER 2020

  • Limit of three places only  

  • Criteria to book: This retreat is intended for emerging writers with a strong writing style

  • Retreat cost: $600 pp

Retreat timetable: Scheduled activities will run from 11am Friday 17th until 2pm Sunday 20th September 2020. Participants will receive a timetable prior to arrival. As such, arrival can be Thursday OR Friday.

Suitable for: Contemporary fiction novelists and short story writers (fiction only) who have completed a full first/second draft OR a substantial amount of work on a first draft manuscript (at least 30,000 words) and have a rough outline for the full manuscript. Previous recipients, KSP members, non-members, Board of Management, KSP staff, volunteers and sub-committee members are eligible to apply. 

How to book:

Using the online form below, please submit:

  1. An author image, for publicity.

  2. One document as a DOC or DOCX file, including

    • Cover Page: Write a statement of intent, max 300 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, and summary of the whole work.

    • An Author Bio: Write a bio note in third person, max 50 words, for publicity.

    • 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 manuscript title on each page in header. 

Technical issues with submission: If you are experiencing issues with submitting, please email the above information directly to KSP at office@kspwriterscentre.com, also noting your name, contact information and food allergies/dietary restrictions.

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.














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