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Writer's Retreat

25-27 March 2022 & 

8-10 April 2022

The Commercial Hotel, Terang

For those of you wanting to attend one of our writer's retreats closer to home than France, join us in March or April 2022 for a packed weekend retreat at the historic Commercial Hotel in Terang, just 2.5 hours from Melbourne.

We have been running writer's retreats since July 2019 and are excited to offer this format where 10-16 writers can work intensively on their skills with industry professional Jen Hutchison over the course of the weekend.

Tutored by Jen Hutchison (writer, editor, publisher) the group will learn advanced creative and polishing techniques in group sessions designed to improve their editorial perspective and ability to judge their own written words.

Remember, there are no bad habits in creative writing, only polishing tools you haven’t applied yet.

We encourage writers of all ages and abilities to apply, (but not raw beginners please). Wherever you are on your writing journey, you will return home stronger, more confident and well-armed with techniques publishers expect to see in submission-ready manuscripts.

All Expressions of Interest will be considered.

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What's included:

Your fee of $940 (inc GST) includes your accommodation (Fri & Sat nights) in the hotel, all meals (2 x breakfast, 2 x lunches, 2 x dinners), all your tuition covering six subject areas, a guest author appearance and interview, all take out materials plus two lucky participants will win a book pack prize.

At Your Own Expense:

travel to and from the hotel

drinks at bar prices

Getting there: 

Terang is a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne's CBD.

If the retreat cannot proceed due to Covid restrictions, participants will be offered an alternative date, or refund (less $100 admin fee).         

Just For You: 

Please note that this is an intensive, weekend retreat focused on your writing. No partners, no children. Thanks for understanding.


The retreat fee of $940 is payable in two halves, the first on acceptance of your application, the second 60 days prior to commencement of the retreat. 


If you need to withdraw and do so prior to the second payment, your deposit will be refunded less an admin fee of $100.  Refunds will not be offered less than 60 days prior to the retreat. We will try to find a replacement from the waiting list, but this may not be possible. 


Please note that the hotel is over two floors, without a lift. All writing activities, meals, and socialising take place on the ground level.  Bedrooms have shared bathrooms and are on the first floor. There is limited accommodation on the ground floor.

Any questions?

We look forward to hearing from you and including you in this exciting writing adventure.  If you have any questions, please contact Jen.

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Meet your tutor for the weekend

Jen Hutchison

Jen Hutchison is a professional editor, writer and publisher. She established Journeys to Words Publishing in 2018.

She enjoyed a corporate career before deciding, a decade back, to focus on her own writing and encouraging and teaching other mature-age writers and took herself back to university to do her Master of Writing and Publishing at RMIT.

Via masterclasses Jen teaches advanced creative practice and the polish and readiness expected by publishers in today's competitive market.

Jen has two books published with another two in development.

Jen loves swimming, walking Caminos, and skis in Japan every northern winter (pandemics allowing). 


More Details about your Retreat

16 writers, one weekend...

You'll arrive on Friday between 3.00 - 5.00 pm, and be shown to your room, and then 6 pm is welcome drinks and nibbles in the front bar. Pick up your name tag and your personal folder of Session Materials.

At 7 pm we'll make our introductions over dinner in a private dining room after which you're free to mingle in the bar or head up to bed - in readiness for a big day!  

On Saturday we have sessions between 9 am and 5 pm stopping regularly for meals and breaks, and we cover topics from an advanced editing checklist. 

After an hour's free time we then have drinks and dinner together, with lively, literary conversations, after which you may want to escape up to your room to finish off your writing exercises. 

Sunday starts promptly at 9 am after breakfast, with a review of some of the creative pieces generated during Saturday's exercises.

We work through until 3 pm, breaking for lunch and we get to hear from a published author who'll speak about his writing life.  

You'll take away from this weekend what we fondly call The Treasure—creative and editing tools you'll have for life that will empower you on your writing journey.


Submit an EOI

To be considered for a place at one of our writers retreats, please complete this form.

Don't forget to email Jen your manuscript & we'll be in touch with you soon for further discussion.

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Dear Jen,

I’ve gained tremendously from your wisdom, critique and editing skills. Thank you for putting fresh energy into my fiction writing and novel, which I’d almost decided to give up on. But now, I’m determined to see all the way through. I’ve had a glorious few days of “thinking fiction” and I’m going back home metaphorically carrying a lot more than I came with. I look forward to reading your book on the flight. Have a safe fight, Jen and hope our paths cross again.

With affection and respect.


Dearest Jen,

You have moved me many kilometers down my path, and your prompts, your insights and your willingness to see and to speak what is needed, is a tremendous gift.

Thank you.


To April and Jen, for sharing your professional experience and offering us such wise guidance. To Jean for all your help, but also to Elisa and Eileen, and Anne and Jaya and Carrie, for sharing your writing and offering thoughtful insights on mine. Your retreat had it all, dear April! Thank you for putting such a friendly group together and working out a well-balanced writing program with Jen, which included time and attention to each of us.

Thank you all for your encouragement to write and rewrite ... and to keep writing.

With gratitude and warm appreciation,


If you are interested in joining our retreats - fill in the EOI form (above) or contact Jen with any questions.