The Art of Writing – presented by Lisa Clifford

International author and journalist Lisa Clifford is hosting her only Australian Writers Retreat

here at the River’s End, Goolwa, South Australia

Fri 6th March to Tuesday 10th March 2020

Join us for a 3 day, 4 night retreat to write, think, share and reconnect with your writing muse.

Whether you’re a published author or just starting out, our Goolwa retreat is perfect for you. All we ask is that you love writing.

Lisa presenting

Classes, Workshops, Activities and Advice

Enjoy a variety of sessions to nurture your writing skills.

We will inspire you to write more and better, without feeling intimidated. Learn techniques for character development, dialogue, plot, structure, memoirs, writing from a sense of place and more.

Lisa teaching 2

Attendees Say…

The Art of Writing gave me the kickstart to my novel I needed. From just a seedling of an idea, I was able to workshop my story without any limitation to creative possibilities through group collaboration and practical writing exercises. The speakers are so inspiring and encouraging, and you feel secure knowing you’re in the hands of people who have ‘made it’ as authors and industry experts. Since returning home to Sydney, I feel equipped and empowered to write my novel knowing I have the skills to leap over the hurdles of daily life and the backing of my new network to support me. I cannot recommend this experience enough for any dreaming writer.’  -Danielle Raffaele







A Sydney Morning Herald Top Ten Best Seller

Lisa Clifford grew up in Sydney. She moved to Italy when she was sixteen years old and returned to Australia after winning a scholarship to the Australian, Film, Television and Radio School. Following a career in journalism that includes reporting for 2GB, KIIS FM and Channel 10 news, Lisa was associate producer of the Channel 10 Late News. Throughout her career, she continued to travel to Italy, corresponding for 2UE, the ABC’s Radio National and the Voice of America News Service. Lisa contributes opinion pieces, guides and lifestyle articles on Italy to The Australian, The Australian Financial review, Gourmet Traveler and a range of other international magazines and newspapers. She is the author of Walking Sydney (Pan Macmillan 1998), The Promise – an Italian Romance (Pan Macmillan 2004),  Death in the Mountains (Pan Macmillan 2008) and Naples, A Way of Love (Penguin 2013), awarded the Australian Illustrated Book of the Year. Lisa won the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for writing about Italians with Death in the Mountains. In 2013 Lisa founded The Art of Writing; Tuscan based international writers retreats for emerging and established writers. Lisa Clifford lives in Florence with her husband and two children. She is the youngest daughter of Australian etiquette icon, June Dally-Watkins. That said, please don’t expect her to have perfect table manners.

Lisa Clifford’s Art of Writing Retreat includes

  • 4 nights luxury accommodation

  •  Hearty country breakfast each day

  • Daily lunches

  • Welcome event and evening aperitivo sessions

  • Dinner each night

  • Full writer’s programme


Good news! Limited additional spaces available at Admiralty Riverside with all above inclusions – please call Jamie for details 0411 577 499

Airport transfers available

To book click here

Want to talk to Lisa?

Drop her a line to talk about how she can help with your writing project.