'The Margaret River Writers' Retreat is a beautiful conducive space in which to work on your novel, story collection, essay, poem, collection of poetry, or pile of books that needs to be read. There's no TV and you're surrounded by beautiful trees, in a beautiful house, with all the nearby comforts of Margaret River. There are no excuses, only pleasures as you prioritise your writing and yourself in an unbelievably tranquil setting. I would live there if I could. As it is, I'll have to settle for my pre-planned, well-earned retreats from time to time, the fire roaring in winter, and the birds chirping in summer. Go spoil yourself; I guarantee you won't be disappointed.'
Laurie Steed is the Patricia Hackett Prize winning author of You Belong Here, and lives in Perth, Western Australia. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere. He teaches Advanced Fiction for Writers Victoria and, in 2014, he became the first Australian writer granted fellowship in the history of the Sozopol Fiction Seminars. His debut novel-in-stories, You Belong Here, is one step closer to publication thanks to time spent at the Margaret River Writers Retreat.