Posted by: Lisa Hill | February 15, 2015

Want to write? Go to Varuna

A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade ListsJane Rawson, who wrote the acclaimed A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists (see my review), is just back from a three week stay at Varuna, the writers’ retreat.   I’ll second what Jane says: if you want to support Australian writing, put your hand in your pocket and make a donation to Varuna.   $50 will pay for an evening meal or add some Aussie books to their library. 10 people donating $5 can achieve that:) Here’s the link: donate here.

Oh, and if you haven’t read Jane’s book, here’s the link for that too, so that you can see why I am nagging her to write her next novel: A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists

Jane Bryony Rawson

Last year I won a fellowship – the Mick Dark Flagship Fellowship for environmental writing – which awarded me three weeks at Varuna, The Writers House. I was delighted to win, but mostly because it made me feel better about the project I was working on: I’d been worried it was a bit rubbish, and also that I wouldn’t finish it by the time the WP_20150120_004publisher wanted it. It was nice to be validated and given a little extra time to hit that deadline. But I was also a bit scared: about being away from home and my husband for three weeks (I’m not very good at that kind of thing), about spending enforced socialising time with other writers (also not very good at that kind of thing) and about bushfires.

Going to Varuna has to be one of the top five things that has happened to me. I…

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  1. What a wonderful experience thats on offer


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