A week away to ground into your creativity, connect with fellow creatives and focus on your manuscript.

Join us 23-28 July 2024, in Ubud, for an unforgettable journey of creativity and inspiration. Retreat is limited to just 6 participants.









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Writing Workshops

Join our daily writing workshops and master the art of crafting compelling stories. Learn how to hook your readers, develop captivating plots and settings, create memorable characters, infuse emotion into your writing, craft strong scenes, workshop your blurb and synopsis, and add tension to every page.

Expert Tutoring

Expert tutoring from a multi-published, bestselling author and experienced teacher, Sarah Williams. As founder of Serenade Publishing she has many years experience and knowledge of the publishing industry.

Writing Time

You can enjoy dedicated writing time each day or whenever you prefer to write instead of attending a workshop. This is your time to focus on your writing and make progress on your projects.

Time To Explore

Take a break and explore beautiful Bali. Individual and group tours from Ubud to various attractions and sights are available for you to experience the true essence of this island paradise.

Where is the retreat?


The retreat is held in Ubud in Bali. You will have your own bedroom with king-size bed, aircon and personal ensuite. 

There is a luxurious pool for you to enjoy and stunning views.

We meet each morning and spend the day together in the coworking space. You can take a break whenever you like. 

All rooms are in close walking distance to one another and also very close to cafes, coffee / smoothie bars and taxi rank. 

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Retreat inclusions:

  • Enhance your writing with expert guidance and comprehensive support
  • Networking with other aspiring and published fiction writers
  • Daily workshops with Sarah Williams
  • Heaps of time to work on your novel.
  • One-on-one sessions with Sarah
  • 5 nights luxury accommodation in your own private air-conditioned bedroom and ensuite bathroom. 
  • All breakfasts and most dinners are included.


Other costs to factor in:

  • Airfares to and from Bali.
  • Transfers to and from the airport. (We can help you with these)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended).
  • Alcohol and extra snacks.
  • Extra nights and upgrades. Just let us know and we will arrange it for you.
  • Spa treatments, yoga and tours. We can help organise these for you.


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Do I need to be an experienced writer?
Not at all. Whether you're an experienced writer or someone who's brand new to the craft, Sarah's sessions will have you writing with greater authenticity and confidence.

I write nonfiction. Is this retreat still appropriate?

Yes! All genres of fiction and non-fiction are welcome!

How is the retreat structured?
Each day there will be informative workshops taught by bestselling author, Sarah Williams. You will also have plenty of time to write, sightsee, get a massage, meditate or whatever else you'd like to do.


What's the accommodation like? Do I get my own room / bathroom? How do I get there?

You'll have your own, private bedroom and bathroom to yourself. The rooms have a relaxed retreat feel with pool, gorgeous furnishings and appliances. There is co-working and workshop spaces as well as wifi, outdoor areas, living areas and plenty of space for quiet! 

There are loads of ways to get around Bali, but the easiest will be to hire a car + driver. Depending on where you're coming from, expect to pay around $35-50 AUD from the usual tourist haunts or the airport. I can organise airport transfers for you for about $40 per trip from the airport to our accommodation.


Can I bring my family?
Yes. We can arrange the extra accomodation and breakfast at an additional cost. They will need to find something else to do while you are in the workshops or writing though!

Where is the retreat held?
In Ubud Bali, Indonesia. Set amid jungle ravines and rolling emerald foothills, Ubud has long been the centre of Bali's artisanal traditions and spiritual life. It is also home to numerous art galleries, museums, temples and other cultural attractions for visitors to explore. Not to mention some of the best shops, restaurants and spas.


Tell me about the food & drinks? What if I have dietary requirements? Or Allergies?

Breakfast is prepared fresh by local staff each day (a fresh fruit salad or whatever is seasonal and available plus eggs your way (scrambled, poached, boiled, omelette etc.) + toast) - GF bread is available from the local supermarket which you can buy on arrival and it will be cooked for you.

For lunches, you choose your selection each day from a cafe (we can have this delivered if you like). All cafes have a range of vegan / vegetarian and GF options.

Dinners are free time - we often go somewhere together, and there are hundreds of incredible options close by; everything from vegan Italian to meaty grills.

Basic coffee, tea and filtered water will be available throughout the day at the coworking villa.

Alcohol is not included in retreat but you're welcome to BYO!

Please also BYO if you have any food requirements and also let Sarah know at the time of booking so arrangements can be made. There is a large supermarket not too far away that has most ingredients you might need.


Is it safe? 

Your safety is very important to me. 

We are well away from Kuta and the Ubud locals are absolutely beautiful! There are mobile GPs who can come to you at the villa (for under $100 - and make sure you have travel insurance) in case you get sick and the cafes we eat at have never caused anyone in my family or on retreat any issues re the dreaded Bali Belly - of course it's always a risk in a developing country so bring hydralyte and immodium just in case!

Of course, personal vigilance is required! Each villa has a lockable safe (in fact, most rooms have their own too), all bedroom doors are lockable and the villas have a key + wooden slide lock as well. The villas and paths are well-lit and we don't go too far from 'home' at night. I am confident that we are as safe as possible - if you have any specific safety concerns, please email me at [email protected] 


What happens if I can't attend?

All payments are non-refundable so we recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you pay the deposit.

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I can't wait to help you write your novel...



Hi! I'm Sarah

As a Bestselling Author and certified editor, I’m passionate about helping fiction authors write, edit, and publish their books.

After many years of working with writers one-on-one, I've developed a repeatable, step-by-step process that makes writing a novel feel less overwhelming and more fun. This process is inside Fiction Writing Academy.

Another one of my greatest passions is traveling, and I would love to have you join me on this exciting journey as we create novels together in this exotic destination.

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Maybe You're Thinking ...

"Just home from a wonderful retreat with Sarah at Maleny! I learned so much - Sarah was a wonderful, helpful, knowledgeable & supportive facilitator & mentor. I met a great group of fellow writers & I look forward to joining Sarah again at another retreat! The venue was gorgeous! I feel I have met some wonderful new friends! Thanks again Sarah!"

Heather Reyburn

Is this retreat right for me? 

This is for you if you:

- Have started writing a book but not sure how to finish it

- Feel overwhelmed by the writing process and need guidance

- Want a supportive community to help you stay accountable and motivated

- Are ready to take your writing to the next level

- Would love some gentle accountability to keep you on track 

If any of these statements resonate with you, then this retreat is perfect for you. Our goal is to provide a space where writers can come together, learn from each other, and ultimately complete their book projects.

We understand that writing can be a daunting task, especially if you're not sure how to finish or don't have the support system you need. That's why we've created this retreat - to offer guidance, motivation, and accountability in a welcoming community of fellow writers.

Whether you're working on your first novel or your tenth, our retreat is designed to provide the tools and resources you need to make progress on your book. From workshops led by published authors and group discussions, we're here to help you stay accountable and motivated.

But this isn't just about the writing process. We also want to create a space for writers to recharge and relax, because let's face it - sometimes writer's block hits hard and a change of scenery can do wonders. That's why our retreat will take place in a beautiful, peaceful location where you can focus on your writing without distractions.

So if you're ready to take your writing to the next level, join us at our upcoming retreat. And if you could use some gentle accountability to keep you on track, our community will be there for you every step of the way. Let's make this year the one where you finally finish that book and become a published author.


This is not for you if you:

 - Want me to write your novel for you 

 - Are not committed to improving your writing skills

 - Don’t believe in connecting with your people

 - Are not committed to focusing on your writing, 

 - Don't like massages (JK... but seriously... who doesn't like massages... I plan to get them almost daily in Bali... you can too!)

Have further questions about the retreat?

I want to make sure you have all of the info you need.

I've opened up some time on my calendar to meet with you 1:1 and answer any questions you have.

By the end of the call, you'll know if joining me on the retreat is the right place for you! 


🛎️ Have a question, special request or just want to know more? 

Email [email protected]

I'll help you decide if it's right for you!