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The Greenleaf Memoir & Family History Writing Weekend is set to be a creative, inspiring and cathartic experience for memoir writers.

Over two jam-packed days on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March 2019, you'll have the opportunity to hear from a stellar line-up of expert award-winning authors, family history researchers and publishing industry professionals on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland.

Held at Maroochy Waterfront Camp and Conference Centre, this wonderful weekend writing experience will uncover how to best to research, plan, write and publish your very own autobiography, memoir, biography or family history.

Shelley Davidow, Author of Shadow Sisters

Spend time networking, sharing and learning with other like-minded individuals. There will also be plenty of variety, inspiration and stimulation and free time where you can relax, unwind or write to your heart's content.

The Memoir & Family History Writing Weekend has been specially designed to cover the key elements that will set you on the path to researching, planning and writing your own story.

Guest Speakers, Industry Professionals & Masterclass Presenters include:

  • Aleesah Darlison - Multi-Published, Award-Winning Author, Guest Speaker & Owner of the Greenleaf Agency

  • Allison Paterson - Multi-Published Author, Historian and 2017 May Gibbs Children's Literature Fellow

  • Suzanne Strong - Journalist, Author, Poet, Memoirist, Writing Tutor

  • Shelley Davidow - Multi-Published Author, Memoirist, USC Lecturer

  • Julieann Wallace - Author, Independent Publisher & Owner of Lilly Pilly Publishing

    If you have already started your writing journey, Saturday afternoon offers time to meet one-on-one for an Assessment & Publishing Meeting with award-winning author, Aleesah Darlison, to discuss your manuscript in progress. Aleesah can provide guidance on how best to progress your story; whether your structure, setting, voice and characterisation are working; and how to get your story published and with who.

    Also included in the weekend is the Saturday Night Dinner with guest speaker, a Sunday morning Beginner Yoga & Meditation session, a Pop-Up Bookstore, and a Lunchtime Book Launch masterclass presenter, Allison Paterson.

    The Maroochy Waterfront Camp and Conference Centre is a short distance from the major centre of Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza and the Sunshine Coast Airport. It's easily accessible by car. For those travelling from interstate, flights arrive and depart Sunshine Coast Airport daily. Shuttles, taxis and hire cars can be organised from the airport. Walking tracks all along the waterfront allow for casual morning and afternoon strolls before and after the day's events, set against a magnificent, natural backdrop where native animal and birdlife abound.

    Book your package now at Eventbrite


    Package Inclusions

  • Single Supplement (private room, no sharing) cabin at Maroochy Waterfront Camp and Conference Centre on the stunning Sunshine Coast. Budget-style accommodation.

  • Exclusive Access to Authors, Memoirists and Publishing Industry Professionals.

  • Multiple Masterclasses and Guest Presentations over two informative Days.

  • Saturday Night Dinner Guest Speaker.

  • All Meals & Accommodation Included.

  • Unique opportunities to network during the day and at night time activities.

    Practical exercises included in every session.

  • Free/Writing Time on Saturday afternoon/evening

  • Sunday morning Beginner Yoga / Meditation session

  • Access to authors and industry professionals during the Masterclass sessions and meal times.

  • Access to multi-published author and guest speaker, Aleesah Darlison, for informal, one-on-one manuscript and industry advice discussions throughout the weekend.

  • Connect with other authors and make life-long friends.

  • Accommodation is single supplement (no sharing) air-conditioned budget cabins with double bed, private ensuite bathroom, with tea and coffee making facilities and toaster in your room.

  • All meals are included in the weekend: Saturday morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, buffet dinner. Sunday breakfast, morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

  • The onsite restaurant is licensed if you'd like to purchase alcoholic drinks to accompany your Saturday night dinner.

  • There is a pool onsite and nearby walking tracks all along the glorious Maroochy River.

  • Organisers have also included a special guest speaker at dinner, one-on-one manuscript meetings with Aleesah Darlison and a beginner yoga and meditation session on the Sunday morning. All against the backdrop of the gorgeous Maroochy River on the fabulous Sunshine Coast.

    This weekend has it all! Get inspired at the Greenleaf Memoir & Family History Writing Weekend.

    Take advantage of the Early Bird Price - valid until midnight 15 January 2019:

    $790 inc GST per person Single Supplement (entire budget accommodation room with private ensuite for one person - no sharing).

    The Regular Price - book between 16 January 2019 and 28 February 2019:

    $890 inc GST per person Single Supplement (entire budget accommodation room with private ensuite for one person - no sharing).

    Assessment & Publishing Meetings with Aleesah Darlison cost $44 in GST per 15 minute meeting. They include a written feedback report from Aleesah. Manuscripts must be submitted prior to the Writing Weekend. Deadline is COB Friday 22 February 2019. Email submissions to: For further details see below under the heading Assessment and Publishing Meetings.

    Bookings close midnight, Thursday 28 February 2019.

    For more information on the Greenleaf Memoir & Family History Writing Weekend or to make a booking, please visit Eventbrite

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    When: Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 March, 2019
    Where: Maroochy Waterfront Camp & Conference Centre
    Cost: Early Bird Tickets: $790
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