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Busybird Writing & Publishing Retreat — Ubud, Bali 1–6 November 2019 — Deposit

1. November @ 14:00 - 6. November @ 12:00

Want to come to Bali with me and my crew to write your book?

Ubud has been host to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival for the past 15 years, which suggests that it’s a great location to inspire and motivate creative energy. Within 10 minutes of checking into this retreat, you’ll realise this is true.

Who is this for? Someone wanting to write a business book (health, coaching, travel, finance etc), memoir, family history, or novel.

Who is it NOT for? Children’s books or poetry (unless you just want to hang out with us, that’s okay. Let’s chat).

This immersive retreat will allow you the space and time to get really stuck into your book project. With the right planning you could write the whole book in the 24 hours allowed for writing.

These are the topics we will cover:

  1. The writing process

  2. Better writing skills

  3. How to structure your book

  4. Good writing practice

  5. The editing process

  6. Refining your book pitch

  7. Common mistakes writers make

  8. The publishing process

  9. Marketing you & your book

  10. Your author platform

  11. Blogging for writers

  12. Your book launch

  13. Getting book reviews

  14. Bookstores & GLOBAL distribution

  15. Re-purposing content

Here’s what others say about our retreats:

‘Blaise and Les were excellent facilitators; their sessions were highly informative and entertaining. As writers themselves they were always aware and respectful of the sensitivities of would-be writers.’
– Carolyn Lloyd, June 2014 Retreat Participant

‘Both Blaise and Les communicate and impart their knowledge in a way that makes it easy and fun to learn!’ – Yolande White, May 2016 Retreat Participant

‘Excellent venue, great writing program! This retreat has reinvigorated me because I was having self doubts about my writing. Also excellent course content, company and food.’ – Colleen Goth
May 2017 Retreat Participant

This six-day program will transform your writing life. Join this small group (maximum of 10) in Ubud, Bali 1–6 November 2019 at the gorgeous Sankara Resort, Ubud.

Luxury accommodation with views of the jungle

A typical day will look like this:

7:00-8:00: Yoga (optional)

8:00–9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00–10:30: Learning module 1

10:45–12:15: Learning module 2

12:15–7:00: Writing/free time (Sankara will shuttle you into Ubud to explore as required)

3:00–4:00: Balinese activities such as Balinese dance, wood carving, traditional clothing.

7:00: Dinner

8:00–9:00: Table talk

9:00: Write/relax/sleep

* On the 9th June there will be acoustic music entertainment on the pool deck, the group can enjoy a sing, a boogie or both!

Your story is going to grow in ways that you cannot imagine and your life will open up to the unexpected.

You will develop and grow as a writer in ways you never could’ve possibly imagined.

Your writing journey is about to begin.
If not now, when?

This program is packed with value. Airfares NOT included. All prices in Australian dollars.

SILVER (All the spoils of this retreat)

Book and pay by 1 July 2019 and get the

Super Early Bird Price $3,450 

Book and pay by 1 September 2019 and get the

Early Bird Price $3,950 

Full price: $4,450.00


GOLD (All the spoils of the retreat PLUS book mentoring and publishing package)

Book and pay by 1 July 2019 and get the

Super Early Bird Price $12,450 

Book and pay by 1 September 2019 and get the

Bird Price $12,950

Full price: $13,450

The publishing package includes:

Your bath for the week – more writing inspiration

  1. Location photography in Bali (optional)

  2. Full project management

  3. Full author support (holding your hand)

  4. ISBN/barcode registry

  5. Library deposit

  6. Copyedit of full book (up to 50,000 words)

  7. Full design & creation of cover

  8. Full design & layout of internals (with up to 15 images)

  9. Ebook creation and upload

  10. Set up for GLOBAL distribution

  11. 100 printed books (Colour cover, black & white internals) *selling these will recoup $2,750 in sales

  12. Media release

  13. Publishing & launch guides (printed books)

  14. 50 bookmarks

  15. Design of pull-up banner & flyers

Full payment due for all participants: 15 October 2019. However, we can arrange payment plans.

Cancellation fee of $500 applies if cancellation prior to 1 Sept 2019

50% cancellation fee applies if cancelling after 1 Oct 2019.

No refund will apply after 31 October 2019.

Thank you for your interest in this retreat. This is a specialised event where participants need to be qualified for suitability by interview.

This writing program is going to transform your writing in more ways than one.

To secure your place, please contact us now for more information and to register.

Email [email protected] or call +61394346365 or 0416157281

If you know that you want this, pay the deposit here and we can get your project started!


The Sankara Resort
Jl. Cempaka, Banjar Kumbuh, Desa Mas
Ubud, Bali 80571 Indonesia

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