Writer’s Retreat 2020

Writer’s Retreat 2020

Do you want to write?

9 – 12 March 2020

Who should attend?

The retreat is for anyone who wants to write a book, a short story or even a children’s book. It is tailored to your skill level. Are you a novice who wants to try something new or an experienced writer who wants to discover, or rediscover, their story? We’ll be working hard and writing a lot in one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. At the end of the four days you should have your idea defined, book outlined and your story started and you’ll have gained a good understanding of the theory required to tell a story.

What’s the plan?

Day 1: Monday
13:00 Arrival
14:00 Welcome
16:00-18:00 Class 1
19:00 Dinner

Day 2: Tuesday
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 13:00 Class 2
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Free time
15:00 – 19:00 Individual consults
19:00 Dinner

Day 3: Wednesday 
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 13:00 Class 3
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Free time
15:00 – 19:00 Individual consults
19:00 Dinner

Day 4: Thursday
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 Class 4
13:00 Home time

The Venue

Velorenkloof is one of my favourite places in South Africa. It is a working dairy farm and one the most picture-perfect settings in the world. Their slogan is ‘a mountain to call one’s own’ and even though there are other people around it feels like it’s just you and the mountain.

The crofts are beautiful, well-equipped and spacious. There are five bedrooms. Three bedrooms have twin beds. We will be using those. Should you wish not to share you are welcome to book the fourth room which has a double bed at an alternative rate. Please see pricing.

Course content

Class 1: (2 hours)

The beginning

Figuring out what you should write.
Do you have an idea?
Where do you start?

Class 2: (4 hours)

The middle

It’s a plot. I think.
Who are the characters?
Where does it take place?
What is going to happen?

Class 3: (4 hours)

The theory

Scenes – gulp

Class 4: (2 hours)

The End

Finishing it.
What do you do when you are finished?


Price per person, sharing: R7500

Deposit: R3 750 secures your spot.
Balance: R3 750 by 31 January 2020

Price per person, not sharing: R15 000 (Limited rooms)

Deposit: R7 500 secures your spot.
Balance: R7 500 by 31 January 2020

Prices listed in South African Rands.


Mia Botha is a writer who wanted to figure out the novel-writing process for herself. Along the way, she turned into a writing teacher. She’s been teaching, guiding and sharing her knowledge for almost ten years. She loves writing, teaching and dreaming up new characters. In 2017 she set a challenge for herself to write 12 Short Stories in 12 months. She mentioned this on Facebook and found several liked-minded scribblers who wanted to share the challenge. Those same scribblers are completing the challenge for the third time. They’ve even picked up a few poets along the way.


One-on-one consultation(60min):

It’s all about you. I have no set structure for this session. It is up to you to ask questions and use it to your learning advantage. By this time we will have spent a day or so together, so I will make suggestions and offer advice, but please prepare as many questions as you can.

Included or not

The accommodation: 3 nights accommodation in a 10 sleeper croft with 5 rooms. Delegates will share rooms with twin beds, unless otherwise booked. The crofts are nestled at the foot of a mountain overlooking picturesque trout dams.

The Food: Breakfast, light lunch and dinner, as well as tea, coffee and nibbles is are included.

The Course: Course material, 12 hours of classes, a one-on-one writing consult with Mia and plenty of quality feedback


Not included:

Transport to Verlorenkloof
Activities on the farm


Available at extra cost:
fly fishing
horse riding
mountain biking
archaeological sites
swimming pool
restaurant and deli

To book and for more information mail write@12shortstories.com