WordFam Retreat

A table surrounded by chairs on a balcony, overlooking trees that lead to the ocean.
(Photo: Melanie Edmonds)

New in 2023: the WordFam is holding a Retreat!

This August, we will be going to beautiful North Stradbroke Island to enjoy writing time, cool winter beaches and possible passing whales. We hope you can join us!

This will be a writing-focussed Retreat, so bring along whatever project you wish to work on.

Key Details

  • When: 19th-20th August 2023
  • Where: Anchorage, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island
  • Who: WordFam members 18+ years old
  • Cost: $80 per ticket

Retreat FAQ

Your ticket includes access to the Retreat activities and amenities on the Retreat schedule:
  • Entry into the Retreat spaces for the weekend
  • Retreat activities
  • Tea/coffee
  • Exclusive WordFam Retreat loot bag
The ticket does not cover:
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Refreshments or snacks (except those specified above)
  • Travel to/from the island
The schedule of activities for the Retreat is as follows:

Friday 18th August (optional)
5-8pm: Meet and greet / Icebreaker

Saturday 19th August
9-10am: Registration and goal setting
10am-12pm: Writing time!
12-1pm: Lunch break
1pm-4pm: Writing time!
4-5pm: Check-in and goal update

Sunday 20th August
9-10am: Check-in and goal update
10am-12pm: Writing time!
12-1pm: Lunch break
1pm-4pm: Writing time!
4-5pm: Final goal update and wrap-up
During the Retreat, we have scheduled some meal breaks and lots of writing time. Writing time can include lots of things! Here's what we will have set up for you:
  • A quiet-writing area for those who want to focus and not be disturbed
  • A writing area on the beach
  • Poolside writing space
  • Writing discussion space
  • Writing goals
  • World building and plot creation tools
If you want to discuss your story (or take a break and discuss something writing-related), you can go to the writing discussion area and put up a sign to indicate if you want to discuss characters, plot, or something general about writing. Those who want to join in can move over and take part in the discussion!

We will also be encouraging everyone to set a writing goal for their Retreat weekend. Whether you're drafting, redrafting, or editing, you can track your progress against your goal.
You can book any accommodation that suits you and your situation! Bring your partner or family if you wish (though please note your ticket covers only your entry to Retreat spaces and activities).

The WordFam recommends Anchorage as they have very reasonable prices and great apartments. If you wish to stay at Anchorage, book with them directly through their website to get the best prices.
The Retreat is at Anchorage, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island.

Travelling to the Ferry
To get to North Stradbroke Island, you need to get to Toondah Harbour and get a ferry to Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.

From Brisbane Airport, you can get there by going:
Train (Airport Line): Brisbane Airport to Central (~20mins)
Train (Cleveland Line): Central to Cleveland (1 hour)
Bus (258): Cleveland Station to Toondah Harbour (5-10mins)

By car, Toondah Harbour is about 45 minutes from the airport.

Ferry Options
You can book tickets on the ferry as a walk-on passenger or for a car. The car ticket covers everyone inside the car. (Coordinate with other attendees on the Discord server to carpool!)

Travel times: 25 minutes (passenger ferry) or 45 minutes (vehicle ferry)

Travelling to the Venue
Once you are on North Stradbroke Island, head north to Point Lookout to get to Anchorage. It is about 30 minutes by car.

If you have a walk-on ticket for the ferry, the bus from Dunwich to Point Lookout may be free, check with your ticket provider.

Anchorage has a car park where you can leave your car while you're at the Retreat. It's directly in front of the building and visible from the Conference Room.

Interested in attending? Book your ticket here!