Overnight Author (9th – 11th October)

Are you imagination-rich but time-poor? Do you have an idea for a book, but just don’t know how you’re going to fit writing it into your busy lifestyle? Or perhaps you’re a shooting star, wanting to write and finish your book while your enthusiasm is streaking across the sky. With our Overnight Author, spend a … Continued

Making a New Path

Here’s an exercise: take a personal item – it could be anything, but preferably something that’s at least a few years old. Hold it in your hand if you can. If you can’t, look at it. Think not about the memories it evokes, but the emotions. What do you feel? Happiness? Sadness? Contentment? Maybe you … Continued

Looking Forward

Last night was Busybird’s Christmas Party/Open Mic Night 40 – a fantastic way to see out the year. In a night filled with merriment, feasting, and great readings, we also had the privilege of announcing the winner of the 2017 Busybird Creative Fellowship! Congratulations to Maryanne Eve! A resident of Kinglake, Maryanne experienced the tragedy … Continued

Inside Karma

Arriving Early Except for a gang of cockatoos screeching and catcalling from the treetops, I was alone. A mist had begun to settle, blurring the contours of the new growth eucalypts and the blackened trunks, enclosing me in a thick, white cloud. Dotted among the man ferns and lilly pilly borders, a cluster of corrugated … Continued

An Exploration of Karma

We’re back from Karma! And, as you might expect, this is when we give you the sell about what a great weekend it was. Well, you know what? It was! This was our third Karma Writing Retreat, and before each of them there’s been the tiniest trepidation about how groups will gel. You just never … Continued

Karma Kinglake Writing Retreat

After driving through winding roads and wondering if you’re going the right way, you see it emerge from the gum trees: Karma Kinglake, a rustic house rebuilt from the ashes of Black Saturday. There’s an old-style charm about it, a character that welcomes you and tells you that you’re going to be in for something … Continued