On 16th March, Word Fest Toowoomba proudly presents 2024 Writers’ Retreat at Downs Steam Tourist Railway.

Saturday, 16 March 2024Downs Steam Tourist Railway – 16 Cambooya Street, Drayton

Toot toot!  Time to get on board…

Writers are invited to a great workshop with a BIG difference…but limited numbers!  Get in NOW!

Be inspired and guided by nationally acclaimed author, journalist and presenter, Michael Burge, as he brings his expertise to the Training Carriage at the beautiful location of DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum at Drayton.  His workshop ‘Write Regardless’ is a beauty.  What an opportunity for Toowoomba and the region!

Writers have the serenity of the beautiful gardens and platform nostalgia to inspire the creative juices.  The Retreat is open to delightful, like-minded authors from experienced, published writers to beginners across all genres, who are eager to learn.

There are two options for the day:

  1.  Full Day Retreat which includes Workshop 1 (9:45am-12:00noon) PLUS individual mentoring with Michael as you work on your writing in the historic Sunlander Carriage with writing ‘desks’ from 1-3pm.
    Lunch packs included in ticket price of $92.
    Also includes guided tour of the inspiring Dreamtime Carriage, painted by Dom from Doolamai Art.
  2. Workshop Only from 9.45-12 noon…set in the Training Carriage.  Bottomless Tea, coffee and Juice provided.  Tickets only $40

Michael Burge is a journalist, author and artist who lives at Deepwater on Ngarabal Country in the New England region of NSW.

His debut novel Tank Water is a coming-of-age crime thriller set in the bush and was released by MidnightSun Publishing.

His non-fiction debut Questionable Deeds: Making a stand for equal love (High Country Books) lifted the lid on familial, institutional and government homophobia in Australia.

Michael co-manages The Makers Shed, a creative hub in Glen Innes. Browse his books in his online bookshop and view his artwork at his online art gallery.

He is director of High Country Books. A graduate of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, Michael was touring co-ordinator for Arts North West.

In a series of hard-hitting articles for Guardian Australia, Margo Kingston’s NoFibs and Gay Star News, Michael’s journalism has always covered issues of equality, LGBTIQA+ history, popular culture, politics and pathways for independent artists and writers.

He has also edited and written for Fairfax Media, Australian Community Media, Intermedia, United News & Media UK and News Corporation.