Friday 16 – Friday 23 July 

TRUE LIFE STORIES with Dr Kate Forsyth & Belinda Murrell



In this in-depth and intensive writing retreat, Kate and Belinda will teach you the art of personal storytelling while drawing upon real life in your creative work. Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, memoir or autobiography, this retreat will give you the tools you need to write with authority and authenticity.

The daily writing workshops will impart essential techniques such as character, research, voice, and the creation of the world of your story.  We will consider the reasons why you might wish to draw upon your own or other people’s lives, as well as some of the dilemmas and dangers. Our class will discuss the importance of courage, truthfulness, compassion, and the personal interrogation of memory and motivations.

The program includes time and space for you to write as well as one-on-one sessions with both Kate and Belinda, and a day out in the glorious landscape of the Southern Highlands.

  • Morning workshops and group discussions will explore character, research and setting, voice and point-of-view, story structure, and the ethics of drawing upon the lives of real people, whether living or dead.
  • Afternoons will be free for you  to rest, read, write, think, daydream and explore, plus a half-hour one-on-one consultation with both Kate and Belinda .
  • We will enjoy one day’s break from workshopping, with a field excursion into the beautiful Southern Highlands to inspire you and enrich your stay.
  • Evening salons before dinner each night will include readings of your own work, discussions regarding problems and fears, and sharing our exciting new discoveries and epiphanies.
  • The final day’s workshop will discuss the writer’s life – how to write with joy and creative rigour, how to find the right publishing model for you, and how to build a sustainable career.

Please explore room options and descriptions here before booking.

$2,250 +GST non-residential (includes all meals)​

$3,250 +GST private room, shared bathroom:

(Avocado Room, Indigo Room, Drover’s Rest Rooms, Farm House Rooms)​

​$3,750 +GST private room with private ensuite: SOLD OUT

Please go HERE for more information



Monday 16th August – Monday 14 September 

History, Mystery & Magic


6.30 – 8.30pm every Monday night for 5 weeks

Explore the romance of history, mystery and magic in your writing

Do you want to write novels filled with the romance of the past?

Or with the page-turning compulsion of a suspenseful mystery?

Maybe you want to tell a story with that extra twist of magic and wonder?


Stories set in the past can take your readers into another world. But what tools and techniques can you use to capture their imagination? If you want to explore the romance of history, mystery and magic… this is the course for you!


Purchase your Tickets HERE



Wednesday 8th September 

Kate Forsyth & Belinda Murrell in Conversation

CBCA Newcastle event at the Newcastle Library –

Details to come

Please go HERE for more information



Saturday 18th September 

Northern Beaches Readers Festival

Avalon Recreation Centre, 59 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon NSW 2107

Kate will be appearing at the Northern Beaches Readers’ Festival – an event focused on connecting readers with popular Australian authors, that will feature some of Australia’s leading authors in panel discussions and more intimate ‘in conversation’ events.

Program to come

Please go HERE for more information



September 20-27 2021 

Mythic Creativity Retreat To Enchant & Empower Your Life


A week-long retreat to inspire you to re-discover your creativity and fill your life with enchantment, wonder and empowerment. Drawing on ancient myths and fairy tales, this retreat with Dr Kate Forsyth and Kinchem Hegedus celebrates storytelling, poetry, art and the making of things with hands and heart. It is designed to help you find a new sense of meaning, purpose and connection to the human and natural world, as well as an opportunity for a cleansing of your body and spirit. Dr Kate Forsyth draws on her doctorate in fairy tales and mythology, and her many years of creative practice as a poet, novelist, oral storyteller and retreat leader, to help you follow your bliss and awaken to a life of creative joy.


This retreat is for any woman who longs to re-discover her joy in creativity.


“Myths and fairy tales, like art and poetry, are potent distillations of the human psyche, speaking in the mysterious language of the deep unconscious: allegory and archetype, metaphor and motif, symbol and synchronicity. They are the quintessence of wonder and wisdom.’  Kate Forsyth





Monday 11th – Monday 18th October  – Plotting & Planning


6.30 – 8.30pm every Monday night for 2 weeks

This course is ideal for: Fiction writers looking for more structure

You will learn:
 The basic formula for all stories
Intuitive approach versus the analytical approach
The seven basic plots you need to know
How to keep your reader glued to your plot
And much more


Purchase your Tickets HERE



Creative Writing Retreat in the Cotswolds – Stratford-upon-Avon, UK


Sadly the 2021 Cotswolds has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are awaiting the situation in the UK before making any new plans. If you want to be the first to know when the retreat is running again, please contact Better Read Literary Tours HERE:

Join internationally bestselling author Kate Forsyth for a week in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, at a writing retreat designed to help you re-discover your creativity and joy in writing.

This retreat is for writers at any stage of their careers, from those who have always wanted to write but never found the time, to those who are deeply immersed in a creative project and want to find the way to boost it to the next level.

Spend your mornings talking, listening, laughing and playing with words with Kate and your fellow students. Spend your afternoons exploring the glorious countryside of Oxford and the Cotswolds, a landscape that has inspired some of the world’s most beloved authors.

Discover Oxford, ‘the city of dreaming spires’, and have a restorative ale in the pub where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien first shared their enchanted worlds. Walk the streets where Shakespeare once trod, and read the curse he cast on anyone who disturbed his grave. Wander through some of England’s most beautiful gardens, and be inspired by the romantic setting of castles and yew mazes, mysterious circles of standing stones, and haunted manor halls.

This course is ideal for:

Anyone wanting to re-connect with their creativity and hone their writing skills.

Jenny Gordon
Better Read Literary Tours
[email protected]



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