picture of hut on beach in Fiji

A lucky Speakeasy reader is on a writer’s retreat in Fiji with Australian fantasy author, Kate Forsyth. Katrina has taken the time to drop us a line and let us know how it’s going…

Hi Meg!

Well, here I am in sunny Fiji. Actually, it’s raining today but it seems like the thing to say when you’re on a tropical island for a writing adventure.

As I spoke with you about at Belinda’s seminar, I’m here on Savusavu doing the fantasy writing course with Kate Forsyth. So far it’s excellent. Kate is organised, knowledgeable and passionate and the workshops have so far been lively and informative. We’ve explored in depth the topics of defining and understanding Fantasy as a genre, and today looked at characters. On each topic we have covered a great deal of material, giving us the broad brush strokes as well as the opportunity to ask some indepth questions.

I’m quite pleased that I have come along. I have started to explore a couple of holes in my plot that have had me stalled for a while. I haven’t quite found the fix for these yet, but I do believe that the workshops will give me the yarn and needle to darn them closed (or perhaps stitch something completely new and different!).

The setting in itself is one that is full of creative possibilities. I’m staying in a bure (boo-ree), which is a little hut. From my bed I can look down the lawn to the ocean, sparkling just across the road. Scattered around Savusavu bay are tiny little islands that look like they harbour pirates – tropical canopies, hidden glades, towering peaks. They conjure up any island adventure tale you might have read as a child, and you just imagine the magical possibilities just waiting to be found in each secret cove.

Take care


Thanks, Katrina – sounds inspiring! Speakeasy is always happy to hear from writers about how you develop your craft.

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3 Responses to “Writers advance on retreat …”

  1. Graham Storrs,

    Ha! Who needs Fiji when you’ve got Byron Bay?

    Nuts and Bolts at $55 might have been tempting but I booked all my workshops some weeks ago. Hope to see you there.

    It would be an interesting and well-attended session, I suspect, if the Australian Council for the Arts and the Australian Society of Authors along with assorted publishers were to tell us what they’re doing to defend Australia’s publishing industry and writers from the Government’s moves to remove PIRs.

  2. Meg,

    Yes, I am sure the issue of fighting back against the Parallel Importation of Books will be a hot issue at BBWF09! See you there :)

  3. Chris Warren,

    Fiji, Byron Bay? I’m in Dublin, Ireland where the sunshine falls in liquid form, but even here we have a tradition of good writing – maybe because it’s too wet to go out so we have to do something when we stay indoors.

    Good to read your site and I like all those who have an objective of helping writers to develop their craft. Keep up the good work Speakeasy.

    Chris Warren
    Author and Freelance Writer
    Randolph’s Challenge Book One-The Pendulum Swings

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