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PARSA Postgraduate Writing Program presents: HDR Botanical Gardens Writing Retreat- June 15

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By popular demand PARSA is bringing back it's Botanical Garden Writing Retreat. Come join us at the world class Australian National Botanical Gardens just across the road from the ANU for a day of productive writing with an included lunch. Bookings are free but essential, so please register if you want to come as demand will be high.

Please note that this event is open to registration only for those pursuing a research degree. For any coursework students interested in attending please reach out to the coordinator at to be placed on the waitlist.

We will meet at the lawns near the Pollen Café at 11 for the writing session. Anyone wishing to wait at the Café is welcome to as long as they purchase something. 

From 11 we will start writing, we will be using the Shut Up And Write methodology of 50 minute quite working sessions followed by a 10 minute break. This has been shown to increase productivity across a whole day and gives everyone a chance to enjoy the beautiful gardens between sessions.

Lunch will be provided from University House's excellent kitchen. They are fantastic at catering for any dietary requirement, so make sure to make a note in your booking if you have any particular requirements. The facility will also have access hot water for tea and (instant) coffee, with a Café a short walk away for anyone who needs an espresso or a snack.

The writing facility consists of two heated rooms with broad views onto the Banksia gardens with access to power and WIFI. Participants with heavy internet requirements should note that the WIFI can be slow at times. It is recommended that any key files should be downloaded prior to attending, or a hotspot capable device should be brought. The gardens are an easy walk from Kambri, but for any participants with mobility restrictions or who do not wish to walk there will be a carpool organised.


11-13 00: First set of writing sessions

13-14 00: Lunch

14-16 00: Second set of writing sessions.

Sessions include free lunch to keep the inspirational writing juices flowing. These sessions are limited to 20 spaces with food provided. Please only select a meal included ticket if you a reasonably sure you can attend.

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