Writing Retreat: the Psychology of Character with Pamela Cook and Dr Jodie Fleming: 2021 (dates to be announced)

Price 23 Oct - 23 Oct, 2077
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Writing Retreat: the Psychology of Character with Pamela Cook and Dr Jodie Fleming: 2021 (dates to be announced)

per person

An intensive workshop with two teachers.

This retreat will focus on The Psychology of Character and cover essential ways to approach your characters and their relationships.There will be some therapeutic exercises and a look at how to use mindfulness to write more efficiently. Above all, we consider developing the character,  how developing your character will create plot points for your story and how to use emotion to connect your readers with your characters.

The retreat will be a personal group retreat with plenty of time to do your own writing and enjoy talking writing with your fellow guests.

Summary & Pricing

Title: The Psychology of Character.

Dates: October 17 – 24 2020

Programme: Daily three hour workshops. One on one feedback sessions.

Suitability: All levels but those who have completed a first draft of a novel, as a minimum, would benefit the most. If in doubt, please email Pam.

Excursions and extras: What’s included.

Food: Mixed menu.


REAR BURE Standard room – Twin AUD $2150
REAR BURE Standard room, Single AUD $2400
Traveling with non-participating partner (Rear bure), AUD $1075
FRONT BURE: Twin Room , AUD $2300
FRONT BURE: Single Room , AUD $2650
Traveling with non-participating partner (Front bure), AUD $1250

About the Course

This retreat will focus on The Psychology of Character and cover:

  • Psychology 101: early life attachment styles and the impact on adult relationships and functioning; how trauma impacts on relationships and functioning.
  • Writing and the brain – brain structure and functioning; information on how writing activates our pre-frontal cortex and the benefits of that.
  • Writing for therapy – some therapeutic writing exercises.
  • Using mindfulness to write more efficiently.
  • Developing the character arc including character wound, flaw, triggers, actions and reactions, using backstory.
  • Character = plot. How developing your character will create plot points for your story.
  • Using emotion to connect your readers with your characters.

Pamela will be reading pages before arriving and will ask you to email them to her. She will read the synopsis and first 5,000 words, and provide feedback in a one on one 45 minute session with each person while there.

About the ``Merry Widow`` painting

The marvelous painting we’ve featured is called “The Merry Widow” by artist Dale Leach. Dale lives in Queensland where she paints, exhibits and teaches. She is best known for her distinctive pop art. She is coming to Daku to teach a week from September 19 – 26, 2020. Details here.

What To Bring

Here’s materials you’ll need to bring.

Whatever you like to write on – laptop, exercise book, sheets of paper.

And please bring an unlined A4 or A3 scrapbook.

A panoramic view of Daku Resort, as viewed from Savusavu Bay.

You’ll stay with us at Daku Resort, Fiji.

Accommodation is packaged with your course, and there are a variety of comfortable lodgings available during your stay with us at Daku Resort. Upgrades to your accommodation are available, however, costs may vary with different accommodation options.

Additional Adventures
Water activities at Daku Resort, Savusavu Fiji

What to do in your free time.

We’ve arranged a number of excursions as part of the course (see Programme tab on the menu bar above). We also offer a range of other activities inside and outside of Daku Resort (please note that unless they are part of the programme, some activities, such as massages and those requiring equipment hire, may have additional costs).

Meet your teachers.

Promotional image of Pamela Cook.
Cross My Heart, by Pamela Cook.

Pamela Cook.

Pamela Cook writes page-turning women’s fiction set in escape-worthy places. She is the author of five published novels featuring tangled family relationships, the ups and downs of friendship and explore life issues like grief, belonging and love. Her first novel, Blackwattle Lake (2012) was published as part of the Hachette Manuscript Development Program and followed by Essie’s Way (2013), Close To Home (2015) and The Crossroads (2016). Her September 2019 release is Cross My Heart. Pamela is the co-host of the exciting new podcasts Writes4Women and Writes4Festivals, and is proud to be a Writer Ambassador for Room To Read, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes literacy and gender equality in developing countries. When she’s not writing, reading or podcasting she wastes as much time as possible riding Rio, her handsome quarter horse.

She loves to connect with readers both in person and online:




Twitter @PamelaCookAU

Instagram @pamelacookwrites and @w4wpodcast

Dr. Jodie Fleming Writing workshop in Fiji with Pamela Cook.
A Hole in My Genes, by Dr. Jodie Fleming.

Dr Jodie Fleming

Jodie is a clinical & health psychologist who has worked in hospitals, private practice and within both secondary and tertiary education settings.

Jodie has enjoyed lecturing in the areas of cognitive psychology, the human mind and in psychopathology for Deakin University. In her clinical work Jodie utilises a myriad of therapeutic modalities including schema therapy, eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for the treatment of a multitude of psychological disorders. In particular, Jodie has a particular interest in the impact of childhood attachment styles, trauma and personality traits on global adult functioning.

Always striving to grow professionally, Jodie regularly facilitates wellness retreats in conjunction with Mindful Tribes and Bien Etre Retreats, and is excited to collaborate in her first writing retreat.

A Hole in My Genes, a memoir about her own experiences with breast cancer, is her first book. She is regularly sought out as a guest speaker to share her unique perspective as both patient and psychologist and is looking forward to a number of guest speaking appearances during the remaining part of 2019 associated with her book.

Find Jodie at https://drjodiefleming.com.au and https://thepsychologyofit.com.au and on social media.

Please get in touch if you are interested in this retreat. We hope to announce dates for 2021 as soon as international travel restrictions have been lifted.

23 Oct - 23 Oct, 2077
  • Included
    All Workshop Fees
    Lectures & Excursions
    Meals & Drinks
    Transfers from Savusavu Airport
  • Not Included
    Equipment & Supplies
    Non-Course Activities
    Travel Insurance
(This is a guideline only and details may be adjusted depending on the numbers.)
  • Arrive in Savusavu.
  • 6.00 pm Welcome ceremony
  • 7.30 pm Dinner
  • 9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop. 1.00 pm Lunch
  • Afternoon: Free time
  • 7.30 pm Dinner
  • 9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
  • 1.00 pm Lunch
  • 2.00 Handicraft display and tapa making demonstration: some of the local women will come to display and sell their jewellery. One of them will give a demonstration of making tapa – the decorated Fijian bark cloth.
  • One on one mentoring session with Pamela (45 mins): 3.00 / 4.00
  • Optional Afternoon: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shop. Savusavu town is a mileaway – 5 minutes in a taxi. FJ$4 (AUS$3).
  • 7.00 pm Dinner
  • 9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
  • 1.00 pm Lunch
  • Afternoon snorkel trip.
  • One on one mentoring session with Pamela (45 mins): 4.00 / 5.00
  • 6.30 Pearl farm talk
  • 7.00 pm Dinner
  • 9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop.
  • 1.00 pm Lunch
  • One on one mentoring session with Pamela (45 mins): 2.00 / 3.00/ 4.00 / 5.00
  • 7.00 pm Dinner
  • 9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop
  • 1.00 pm Lunch
  • One on one mentoring session with Pamela (45 mins): 2.00 / 3.00
  • 4.30 Trip to local village and see the traditional meke dance performed with an entrancing energy by the villagers.
  • 7.00 pm Dinner
  • 9.00 - 10.00 Mindfulness workshop with Jodie
  • 10.30 Trip to waterfall: this is about 25 minutes’ drive and is a beautiful natural fall where you can plunge into the cool clear water and swim.
  • 1.00 pm Lunch
  • 2.00 pm – 4.00 final workshop with Pamela
  • 4.30 - 6.00 Review of the week; selected readings and Happy hour dinks
  • 7.30 pm Final Fijian dinner
  • Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi International flight home. 

Tour Location

Daku Resort, Fiji
Paradise Courses is hosted at Daku Resort, which is in Savusavu, Fiji.