Could 2015 be the year you finally embrace that masterpiece just waiting to flow out of your pen and straight onto the best-seller list?
Settle in for the long haul then, somewhere beautiful and inspiring, just like The Writers Retreat in Hardys Bay (pictured, stayz.com.au/112992), just 90 minutes north of Sydney and isolated enough to get rid of that writer’s block. Owner and travel writer Fiona Caulfield is currently in India, vacating the hot seat for you to start right from Chapter One…
Which is, funnily enough, also the name of a package made especially for aspiring wordsmiths at MGallery hotels such as garden-set Mount Lofty House in Adelaide, or the history-soaked Grand Hotel in Melbourne. The Chapter 1 package includes a Moleskine Passion journal and a luxe spa pack to soak your writer’s back at the end of the day.
But if you need more than just a quiet room (and a fragrant bath), join in a summer camp for grown-ups in the creative hub of Bellingen and take the Get That Novel Written course (campcreative.com.au). Bonus: if you don’t want to spend too much of that inevitable author’s advance on your future best-seller, there’s camping available at the local showground from a very eloquent $10 a night.