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Tell Me A Story: Writing And Publishing Commercial Fiction April 29 – May 6 2017

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Tell Me a Story:

An Intensive Writing Course in Commercial Fiction

What do readers want? A great story, well told with engaging characters and turn-the-page tension. Crafting that story is what this course is all about. During the week Pamela will be giving each student a one-on-one mentoring session.

Pamela Cook is a city girl with a country lifestyle and too many horses. Her rural fiction novels feature feisty women, tangled family relationships and a healthy dose of romance. She will guide you though creating characters and storylines that will make your story irresistible.


Retreat Summary

Content: An Intensive Writing Course in Commercial Fiction

  • includes a one-on one mentoring session
  • and advice based on reading 5,000 words of a manuscript in advance
    Dates: April 29 – May 6
    Programme: Daily morning workshops of 3 hours
    Suitability: For people who have started on a writing project and may even have a manuscript
    Excursions and extras: Visit to waterfall, beach picnic, village visit
    Food: Three meals a day; Fijian, Indian and International menu
    Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu April 29. Course starts morning April 30, ends evening May 5. Depart Savusavu May 6.
    Cost: AUD $2300 single room
    AUD $1950 twin room
    AUS$1075 non-writing partner
Writing workshop Fiji Daku Resort

Course Outline

In this 6 Day Intensive Writing Course you will learn the secrets to writing a novel readers won’t want to put down. Whether you’re just getting started on your novel or all the way through your first draft you will come away with a much deeper understanding of how plot, setting, character and style all work together to create an enjoyable work of fiction. In addition you’ll find out how to make your manuscript more attractive to publishers and discover how to turn your great idea into a fully developed story.

Morning classes will be information based and will include

  • exercises on plot
  • structure
  • character
  • place
  • and other aspects of craft.

Afternoons will include mentoring sessions, during which each participant will receive feedback on their writing.

Prior to the course the tutor will read the first 5,000 words of each participant’s novel and give feedback in separate one-on-one mentoring meetings over the duration of the course.

Who is this course for?

This course is best suited to women (or men) who are writing a commercial fiction style novel and aiming for publication.

Wailevu kids Vanua Levu Fiji

Excerpt from The Crossroads by Pamela Cook

Read the first chapter of Pamela’s new novel, the Crossroads.

A story of deceit, betrayal and love that proves that in the end you can choose your family.

Rosie O’Shea dreams of seeing the world. But right now the outback hotel she owns is falling down around her ears, her bank account is empty and family duty means she’s staying put.

Drought is impacting hard on Stephanie Bailey and her family. They’ve already been forced to sell off most of their cattle. The rains aren’t coming and Stephanie’s husband is becoming more and more distant.

City girl Faith Montgomery is left reeling after a shocking discovery. Determined to uncover the truth and make sense of her life, she arrives at The Crossroads Hotel but soon realises deception isn’t an easy game to play.

One family. Three women. Will the lies they tell and the secrets they hide lead to more heartache or will fate bring them together before its too late?

See below for:

  • Cost and Booking

  • About your Teacher : find out more

  • Daily Programme: see what you’ll be doing each day

Cost and Booking

If you want to book for 2 (or more) people attending the course, please

  • Choose whether you both want a twin shared room or a single room
  • Then select 2 (or 3 / 4 etc as appropriate) on the button which says “Add to cart”.

If you want to book for yourself plus a non-participating partner, please select “Travelling with a non-participating partner”. The next stage will automatically calculate the price for that option.

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Tell me a story with Pamela Cook April 29 – May 6

AUD $1,950

Prices per person:

Twin shared room Aus$1950
– Booking for just one person, participating in the course, sharing a room. You can come with a friend OR we will find you someone to share with.
Single room Aus$2300
Upgrade to a private room as a single traveller
Non-participating partner Aus$1075
You’ll share a room, and whilst one of you does the course, the other can relax. 


  • Traveler and Room Upgrade Options

Pay a deposit of AUD $400 per item

Program Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Workshop fees.
  • Lectures and excursions as indicated.
  • Airport transfers from Savusavu Airport to Daku Resort by road (approx 10 minutes).

Program Excludes

  • Travel to Savusavu.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
  • Optional activities not listed on the program.
  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.

Teacher: Pamela Cook

Her first novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published in 2012 after being selected for the Queensland Writer’s Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Her second novel, Essie’s Way, was published in 2013. Close To Home, her third novel, was released in July 2015 and she is now working on her fourth book, The Crossroads, due for release in December 2016.An eclectic reader, Pamela also enjoys writing poetry, memoir pieces and literary fiction. In addition to her writing experience Pamela has thirty years of teaching experience, first as a High School English teacher and then as a teacher of Creative Writing after completing her Masters in Creative Writing at UNSW in 2004.

She is an advocate of free writing, tapping into the sub conscious and letting the words flow. As a published author facing deadlines she now also sees the merit in plotting but firmly believes that each writer needs to develop the process that best works for them.

Pamela Cook Writing Daku Resort in class

Prior to major publication Pamela spent 10 years learning her craft and submitting to journals in which she had a number of poems and small pieces published. As part of The Writers’ Dozen, she self published an anthology (Better Than Chocolate) raising over $6000 for the not-for-profit organization Room To Read for which she is now a writer ambassador. Pamela submitted to agents and publishers, learning the ropes along the way and has a sound knowledge of what it takes to become a published author. Over the last four years she has learnt a great deal about the industry, the role of the author and social media. She is well placed to share this knowledge and help other authors navigate the path to publication.

Pamela loves to connect with readers both in person and online. You will often find her lurking in one of these places:


Daily Programme

The programme is structured around morning workshops with afternoons for activities and free time to enjoy a massage, snorkelling, or relaxing by the pool. The order of workshops may vary depending upon weather conditions.


Travel to Savusavu.
6.00 pm Welcome ceremony and Introduction
7.30 pm Dinner


9.00am – 12.30pm: Workshop
1.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm – 2.30pm: Mentoring
Afternoon free
7:00pm: Dinner


9.00am – 12.30pm: Workshop
1.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm – 2.30pm: Mentoring
Afternoon visit to Savusavu
7:00pm: Dinner


9.00am – 12.30pm: Workshop
1.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm – 2.30pm: Mentoring
Afternoon: Beach outing


9.00am – 12.30pm: Workshop
1.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm – 3.00pm: Mentoring
Afternoon free
7:30pm: Dinner


9.00am – 12.30pm: Workshop
1.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm – 3.00pm: Mentoring
Afternoon free
6.00pm: Drinks at Savusavu Yacht Club
7.30 Dinner

Fiji village meke Savusavu


9.00am – 12.30pm: Workshop
1.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm – 3.00pm: Mentoring
3.30pm – 5.30pm: Village visit and meke (traditional dance)
7:30pm: Dinner


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