Daylesford Writing Retreat

17 -22 February 2025

A week away to ground into your creativity, hone your craft and connect with authors just like you.


Ignite Your Passion. Unleash Your Purpose.


Something magical happens when writers get together. The energy is palpable, the creativity  is contagious, and the words flow effortlessly. It's a feeling that writers chase after, a moment where everything clicks and their passion for writing is ignited.

Sarah's intention for this retreat is to create a space for writers to come together and tap into their creativity, while also discovering their purpose. Through workshops, group discussions, and writing exercises, participants will not only improve their craft but also gain clarity on their personal mission as writers.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, this retreat is designed to help you unlock your full potential and find your voice in the literary world. You'll have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals who share your love for writing and learn from each other's unique perspectives.

But it's not all just about writing. Sarah understands that in order to produce great work, one must take care of themselves both physically and mentally. That's why she has included activities such as nature walks to help participants relax and recharge. And all meals are included so you can focus on your craft without worrying about cooking or cleaning.

During the retreat, Sarah will also provide personalized coaching and feedback to each participant, helping them improve their writing skills and find their personal style. With her years of experience in the industry and genuine passion for helping writers succeed, you'll be in good hands.

Retreat inclusions:

  • 5 nights luxury accomodation.

  • All meals, drinks and snack are included!

  • Enhance your writing with expert guidance and comprehensive support.

  • Networking with other writers.

  • Hotseats to discuss your project with the group.

  • Heaps of time to work on your writing.

  • One-on-one sessions with Sarah

+ Lifetime access to Sarahs signature online program Fiction Writing Academy (worth $1299!) for FREE


You'll also learn how to:


⭐️ Create a writing routine.

⭐️ Move forward with a sense of purpose.

⭐️ Learn how to overcome writer's block and overwhelm.

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. 

My writing retreats are all about creativity, community and learning more about yourself. During our time together, I will guide you through the writing process while also providing valuable feedback and support. The bonds formed between creatives on retreat last a lifetime and provide inspiration and encouragement long after the retreat is over.

My goal is to empower writers like you to not only create a great book but also feel confident enough to put it out into the world. 

So let's work together and make your dream of becoming a published author a reality!

Secure your spot today!

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 Daylesford. Visit the art galleries and antique stores as well as  designer boutiques. Or enjoy one of the many spa treatments on offer in the area.

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

The Retreat Program



  • Check in to your room
  • Walk around area
  • Get supplies
  • Group dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Workshop with Sarah
  • Lunch in house
  • Hot seat round circle


  • Breakfast
  • Workshop with Sarah
  • Lunch in house
  • 1:1s and coworking time


  • Breakfast
  • Workshop with Sarah
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Free time to write or spend on your own


  • Breakfast
  • 1:1s and coworking
  • Lunch at house
  • Guest workshop
  • Dinner at a local restaurant


  • Goodbye breakfast
  • Closing circle
  • Checkout and farewell


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4 Monthly Payments of 

$429 USD

Payment Plan


Full Payment of

$1699 USD

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"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

Where is the retreat?


The retreat is held in Daylesford, just 90-minutes from Melbourne, it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Daylesford was recently named as one of the most welcoming places on the planet! From warm and welcoming hospitality venues, to the many wellness practices and day spas, boutique shops and vibrant art spaces, this is a town that loves and embraces visitors and goes out of its way to make them feel welcome.

We will be in a large self contained house with plenty of space to move about and find a quiet corner if that's what you need. 

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

Town is a short walk away or you can get there in a taxi.

Maybe You're Thinking ...

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Do I have to share a bedroom?
No. To support your creative process, you will have your own
 luxurious bedroom.

If you book with a friend and want to share a twin room we can apply a discount.

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.

Can I bring my family?
You can bring a partner to share your room. Meals will be 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 Daylesford, Victoria Australia.

The closest airport is Melbourne.


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.

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! 


Save Your Spot Now!

4 Monthly Payments of 

$429 USD

Payment Plan


Full Payment of

$1699 USD

Pay in Full & Save

Prefer to pay in your own currency?
Save on exchange rates, fees and avoid fluctuations by paying in your own currency.

Click below to select the best option for you:

🇦🇺 PAY $2499 in AUS DOLLARS
🇪🇺 PAY €1539 IN EUROS

🛎️ 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!