This program is a creative and professional skills development intensive that helps emerging Australian writers to refine an existing manuscript. Up to 10 writers are selected through a competitive submission process to take part in a three-day retreat, during which Hachette Australia publishers, editors and authors provide direct feedback on their manuscripts.

Delivered by QWC in partnership with Hachette Australia.

Entry Fee

  • $55 – Public
  • $50 – QWC members and members of any of the following Australian State Writers Centres:
    • ACT Writers Centre
    • NSW Writers’ Centre
    • NT Writers’ Centre
    • South Australian Writers Centre
    • Tasmanian Writers’ Centre
    • Writers Victoria
    • Writing WA

Feedback from previous participants

“I had only been writing for a short time. But during those five days I learned an enormous amount and still refer to the notes I took during the seminars. I was subsequently offered a two book contract.” Phillipa Fioretti was accepted into the program in 2008. Her debut novel The Book of Love was published in 2010 and her second novel The Fragment of Dreams in 2011.

“Not only did I get to go on a five-day retreat in sunny Queensland, but I also got to share the experience with seven other fantastic writers. I left the program with a strong direction and focus.” Favel Parrett was accepted into the 2008 program and her debut novel Past The Shallows was published in 2011. It has since been shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award and won the Australian Book Industry Awards for Newcomer of the Year.


Congratulations to the 2016 winners:

Shelley Banks One Weekend contemporary women’s fiction QLD
Denise Beckton The Last Statue Historical romance QLD
Helen Burns Where Swans Wander Women’s fiction NSW
Robyn Doreian Heavy Metal Mutha Memoir VIC
Catherine Hanrahan A Little Familiarity Contemporary women’s fiction NSW
Lynne Hume Strumpets of the Worst Kind Historical fiction QLD
Kelley Mether Love Without Borders Romance manuscript QLD
Craig Vaughn The Animal List Contemporary fiction NSW


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