High Country Writers Retreat

TAKING PLACE FROM Thursday October 14 to Monday October 18, 2021 during the annual High Country Writers Festival, The High Country Writers Retreat is designed for writers at any stage of their writing development to experience a brief but dedicated writing and authorial experience in the company of other writers and published authors.

Located at iconic Waterloo Station, just 18 kilometres west of Glen Innes and 50 kilometres east of Inverell in the NSW New England region, the High Country Writers Retreat offers a ‘boutique’ experience where the program is developed to cater specifically to each writer’s most immediate want or need.

All sessions of the concurrent High Country Writers Festival in nearby Glen Innes are FREE for retreaters.

  • Authors Retreaters will have free access to festival panel sessions at nearby Glen Innes (on Saturday October 16) and at Waterloo Station (on Sunday October 17) with traditionally- and independently-published authors in moderated Q&A to examine approaches to fiction, non-fiction and MORE!
  • Mentoring – Retreaters will have access to writer and business mentor Virginia Eddy for tailored one-to-one sessions
  • Writing Time & Challenges – Retreaters will enjoy guided walks on Waterloo Station’s picturesque pathways, with a program of writing tasksor be inspired to find their own way!
  • Accommodation & Meals – Retreaters may select from a range of lovingly-renovated rooms or cottages on Waterloo Station, with quiet, climate-controlled quarters and ensuite facilities (some offer shared bathrooms) and linen. The retreat is fully-catered
  • Getting here – Head to our Location & Stays page for more information about travel options

Book now, places limited!

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  • WATERLOO STATION HOMESTEAD
    Waterloo Station’s signature homestead offers classic country luxury in grand proportions. Overlooking the Matheson Valley and Waterloo Range, the homestead is a short walk or drive from the writer’s retreat setting at Waterloo’s Shearer’s Lodgings  common room, with extensive dining areas and full-sized kitchen, from where retreaters will be fully-catered. Rate is per-person and includes all meals at Waterloo Station, free access to all festival and retreat sessions. 
    Homestead – queen room (shared bathroom) $1575pp
    Homestead – king room (ensuite) $1630pp
    Homestead – premium king room (ensuite) $1690pp
  • WATERLOO STATION SCHOOLHOUSE
    The original quaint Schoolhouse has been converted into luxury accommodation for couples, offering privacy and a beautifully-appointed bedroom and bathroom. Overlooking the homestead garden, the Schoolhouse is a short walk or drive from the writer’s retreat setting at Waterloo’s Shearer’s Lodgings  common room, with extensive dining areas and full-sized kitchen, from where retreaters will be fully-catered. Rate is per-person and includes all meals at Waterloo Station, free access to all festival and retreat sessions. 
    Schoolhouse – 1-bedroom cottage (ensuite) $1540pp
  • WATERLOO STATION STOCKMAN’S COTTAGE
    Waterloo’s Stockman’s Cottage is set in a relaxed rural environment on Waterloo Station away from other accommodation options, and is fitted with comfortable country amenities ideal for a writer’s group. Overlooking the Matheson Valley and Waterloo Range, the cottage is a short walk or drive from the writer’s retreat setting at Waterloo’s common room, with extensive dining areas and full-sized kitchen, from where retreaters will be fully-catered. Rate is per-person and includes all meals at Waterloo Station, free access to all festival and retreat sessions.  
    Stockman’s – 3-bedroom cottage (shared bathroom) $1390pp
  • WATERLOO STATION SHEARER’S LODGINGS
    Waterloo’s Shearer’s Lodge has been fully-restored with great touches of luxury! Sitting beneath the Waterloo Range and overlooking the Matheson Valley, the Shearer’s Lodge is the heart of the writer’s retreat in the venue’s common room, with extensive indoor and outdoor dining and seating areas and full-sized kitchen, from where retreaters will be fully-catered. Rate is per-person and includes all meals at Waterloo Station, and free access to all festival and retreat sessions. 
    Shearer’s Lodgings – queen rooms (ensuite) $1370pp
  • MORE INFO: Contact Retreat Director Virginia Eddy 0412 708 315
  • BOOKING REQUEST: Please submit the form below
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  • PAYMENT: A payment request will be emailed after you submit this form

Author walks have become a hallmark of the annual High Country Writers Retreat at Waterloo Station. In 2020, author D’Arcy Lloyd led a tour of the station’s wool shed on a blustery spring day, complete with heritage tales and work in progress! (Video: Captive Light Media)