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PARSA Postgraduate Writing Program presents: HDR Kioloa Writing Retreat 16th June- 20th June

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Event registration is now closed. If you wish to attend please register for the wait list and any spare tickets will be offered as soon as they become available.

The PARSA Postgraduate Writing Program is proud to present the Kioloa Writing Retreat. Come join us for 5 days of intensive writing and de-stressing at the ANU’s wonderful Kioloa campus. Each day there will a Shut Up and Write style writing session, along with some productivity exercises and peer learning opportunities with a full program to be released closer to the date. This will be a fantastic opportunity to make major progress on your research and thesis. Even if you can only make it for a few days, feel free to sign up.

Please note that this event is only open to Students conducting Higher Degree Research.


Nestled among the spotted gum forests of Murramarang Nation Park and the pristine beaches of southern New South Wales, our campus is a great place to learn, teach, write and conduct research in a relaxed yet energizing environment away from busy campus life. Kioloa Coastal Campus is Australian National University's coastal field station since 1975.

Set on 348 hectares of diverse country on the south coast of New South Wales, the Campus, a former homestead, is rich in European and Indigenous heritage and is home to an array of natural features, vegetation types and wildlife, which provide an ideal backdrop for immersive teaching and learning. The station lies within easy driving distance from Canberra (2.5 hours), Wollongong (2.5 hours) and Sydney (3.5 hours). Accommodation is in shared rooms at the Campus. Anyone who needs a private room for medical reasons is encouraged to contact the coordinator at the below email address as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements.

All persons attending must complete the site induction at prior to attending the retreat.

Cost and logistics

There is a contribution of $246 ($61.50 a night for those staying for only part of the time) for the retreat. Three meals a day and accommodation will be included in this cost. Transport will be by charter bus for full attendance (paid for by PARSA). Please indicate while booking if you have a car and would prefer to drive. If you are only able to make it to a portion of the event please select the partial attendance option and the dates you can attend so we can offer the remainder to someone else. If you elect to attend part time you will need to organize transportation to Batemans Bay by via the regular inter city bus, the facilitator will the pick you up and transport you to Kioloa.

The first tranche of full attendance tickets will be released as this event goes live. The second Tranche will be release alongside the HDR newsletter on the 1st of June. Partial attendance tickets will be confirmed on the 2nd or 3rd once full attendance numbers have been finalized. Participants are encouraged to pre-register for partial attendance using the relevant ticketing option as partial attendance tickets will be offered in order of registration.

If you are experiencing financial hardship there are a limited amount of half priced tickets available. Please note that there will be a review of any application so please be prepared to provide supporting documentation. If you are in extreme financial hardship PARSA’s Study essentials grant can cover the cost of your attendance of the retreat. For more details of eligibility and to apply please see . When you apply please include ‘Kioloa writing retreat’ in the subject line so the student support team can process your application appropriately.

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