Omega Writers

Omega Writers Retreat Hosted by Toowoomba Chapter

Toowoomba Chapter of Omega Writers invites you to retreat at the long awaited return of the Chapter-hosted retreat. The 2023 venue is the beautiful Camp Somerset, strategically positioned 1.5 hours from Brisbane and Toowoomba, in the hills just a half-hour from Esk, Queensland.


Retreat Schedule

A detailed event schedule will be circulated closer to the date, but details of Saturday’s morning and afternoon sessions are below:

Morning Session: Keynote speaker, the ever inspirational Meredith Resce, best-selling Australian author, will bring keys on bringing your writing to life.

Afternoon Session: A panel on the changing face of publishing. Panellists:

  • Meredith Resce
  • Rochelle Stephens (amazing Publisher/Commissioning Editor for Rhiza-Wombat Publishing);
  • Jeanette O’Hagan (editor and indie publishing extraordinaire)

Registrations close: Friday 21st April (though early bookings are helpful for event logistics)

Critique/Mentoring and Publishing Appointments

Critique and mentoring appointments can be booked with:

  • Meredith Resce (Best-selling Australian Author;
  • Nola Passmore (Editor, The Write Flourish;
  • Jeanette O’Hagan (Young adult fantasy author and editor;

Requirements: 4, double-spaced pages of your work plus a one-page synopsis; Preferably submitted ahead of appointment.

  • Note: Appointments for mentoring and/or critique can be booked upon arrival at the retreat, however, it would be helpful to our mentors/editors if bookings can be made ahead of the retreat

Publishing Appointments

Rochelle Stephens, Publisher/Commissioning Editor for Wombat Rhiza Books, is offering a discount rate that weekend only for an appraisal/publisher pitch (appraisal is usually $99), providing attendees an opportunity to skip the slush pile. Note: limited spaces available, so get in quick.

Requirements: 9, double-spaced pages of your plus a one-page synopsis. No pre-submission.

Details and what to bring

Note: Due to Camp Somerset’s location, depending on your internet/mobile provider, internet connection may be limited.

There have been some changes to accommodate the new venue, so please read the details carefully for these changes when you register.

  • Attendees must supply their own bed linen, towels and toiletries as these are not provided by the facility.
  • If attendees have any special mobility/sleeping needs, we will try to accommodate these as best as able.
  • Note: The facility has a pool for guest use. Towels must be provided by guests.

Meals included: Supper Friday evening; Breakfast, morning/afternoon tea, lunch and dinner Saturday; Breakfast, morning tea Sunday.

  • Please note: Friday dinner and Sunday lunch are not provided. Please bring your own or make arrangements for these meals. There is a shared kitchen in each apartment and pub/restaurants/cafes in the town of Esk, half-an-hour from the Camp Complex.
  • Dietary needs can be selected when booking (Note: multiple options can be selected)


$230 Member, full retreat

$265 Non-member, full retreat

$75 Member, day attendee

$95 Non-member, day attendee

$30 Member, mentor/critique appointment

$35 Non-member, mentor/critique appointment

$55 Member, publishing appointment

$65 Non-members, publishing appointment

Discount codes are available for members to enter when booking. See the Members Area.

Registrations close: Friday 21st April (though early bookings are helpful for event logistics)