A Place to Write

If you are a short story writer, traveller, blogger, author, journal keeper, memoirist, essayist, or you just love writing about where you live and the places you visit, you might be interested in a writing workshop held at my place.

The ramshackle Nuns’ House, which features as lively as a character in my book A Story of Seven Summers, lies in the peaceful Pipers River Valley – just twenty minutes’ drive from Launceston. With Spring here, the pink paddock will be pink again soon… Meantime, here’s a view of Mt Arthur from a summer verandah:

View of Mt Arthur from the Nuns' House, Karoola
View of Mt Arthur from the Nuns’ House, Karoola

Workshops are designed to fire up your creativity, help you find your own voice, and develop your writing style in a place that inspires.

Broadly, here are the details:

  • Three-hour workshops aimed at people who want to write and who love reading.
  • Workshops are run at 9am or 2pm, however other times, including evenings, could work, too.
  • Available for groups up to six on request.
  • Minimum two participants – $75 each ($65 per person for a group booking – maximum 6 people).
  • Bring pen, notebook or journal, and be prepared for a short country walk (e.g. sturdy shoes & a waterproof jacket – this is Tasmania!).
  • A choice of B&B accommodation can be arranged in the local area if required.

To make an enquiry please email me, Hilary, at hburden@bigpond.com


“Landscape and memory, elemental to writing place, are evoked from Day One of Hilary Burden’s workshops. We sit around a sturdy wooden table opposite a mammoth wood heater, looking out Federation windows at the trees and valleys of Karoola, soaked postcard green from an early Spring shower.

Time and place are very present here, the past palpable, and Hilary knows it.

She brings it into our understanding and discovery of how and where to find our sense of place, how to bring it alive on the page, past our uncertainties, our doubts, our defences. She finds her way under them, sidetracks them until we deliver, in four sessions, the stories we carried to her place.

They’re written now, early drafts for some, signposts for others, a meld of landscape and memory, plaited from our lives, woven into story. Marks on the page, marks in time – writing about place.”

SC Patton, November 2010