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Writers Workshop

Breakthrough Writing

31 March 2012

  Jan Cornall has now lead three retreats at Daku; she’s just come back from the latest and has sent me a brief account of the week:   I love the moments on our Fiji  writer’s retreat when the breakthroughs start to happen.  You would hope for it on a course called Breakthrough Writing but [...]

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Magic in the Ink

Magic in the Ink

29 November 2011

The writers on the Manuscript Mentoring week with Rosie Scott had a great week – productive, friendly, stimulating, full of laughs and stories – and Rosie enjoyed it every bit as much as they did. Rosie Scott: MAGIC! I loved it. Small but fabulous group very committed, worked hard but also lots of fun, the [...]

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Creative Writing Retreat with Rosie Scott

Rosie Scott Looks Forward to September

17 July 2011

Rosie Scott writes: I’m looking forward to the next Daku mentorship in September. Last year’s class was a unique experience for me as a teacher. I’ve been mentoring and teaching writing for many years now but this was something quite new. I was trying to work out the other day why it was so inspiring [...]

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Mark Tredinnick Writing Workshop - A Dream with a Pen in its Hand

Dreaming with a Pen

1 July 2011

Mark Tredinnick’s writing course – A Dream with a Pen in its Hand – produced reams of writing, including Mark’s own poem on Savusavu. It was a week in which each writer made substantial strides in their work, gaining confidence in their style, developing their voice and experimenting with form. Working up in the yoga [...]

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Jan Cornall - Writing Retreats in Fiji

Beating Writer’s Block in Fiji

4 May 2011

Diana Plater attended Jan Cornall’s writing retreat in March and this article appeared in The Weekend Australia on 23 April 2011. The benefits of a creative writing course at a simple resort on the island of Vanua Levu. by Diana Plater TEN years is a long time for a manuscript to sit in a bottom [...]

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Jan Cornall - Writing Retreats in Fiji

Breaking Through: Writing with Jan Cornall

11 April 2011

When you get off the plane in Fiji the first thing you notice is the way people walk. It’s the slow relaxed gait of people from a tropical clime. There’s no point in hurrying and besides it’s just too darned hot. The rush, rush of our city-folk ways seems suddenly ludicrous and as you begin [...]

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Rosie Scott - Manuscript Mentoring - Writing Workshop in Fiji

How to mentor a manuscript

10 November 2010

Rosie Scott’s course Mentoring Manuscripts took place in August. Afterwards, I took the opportunity of asking her a few questions about the process of teaching a retreat like this. When you are teaching a new group, what are the things you are looking for in your students to help you focus on what they want? [...]

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Memoir Writing Workshop and Retreat - Patti Miller

Memoir writing

17 August 2010

Patti Miller’s memoir writing course happened in May – I’ve been slow in getting it up but here it is. Melissa, one of the course participants, wrote this account of the week: In May I participated in a Writing in Paradise workshop (Memoir Finding the Story). The course ran for six days and the presenter [...]

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Writing Retreat

Island Writers’ Workshop March 2009

3 April 2009

We’ve just had the first of this year’s courses – Island Writers Lab with Jan Cornall – and what a terrific week it was. It was small – we’re seeing the effects of the economic downturn, just like everyone else in the travel business  – but enormously productive. Those writers sure did write! They’d stop [...]

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