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*** Applications open for Geographical Society of NSW 2020 Writing Retreat

Blue Mountains, 17-20 February 2020


The Geographical Society of NSW would like to invite applications for a place on the GSNSW’s 2020 Writing Retreat to be held from 17-20 February 2020, at the historic Carrington Hotel (https://www.thecarrington.com.au), the Blue Mountains. 


The purpose of the retreat is to provide attendees with a dedicated block of time, as well as collegiate interaction, networking and support, for the development of focused advances in academic writing. With input and guidance from ‘expert’ facilitators, the retreat will provide a collective opportunity for thinking through how to write both productively and in lively, engaging styles.


For a copy of the draft retreat schedule click here. 


The cost of attendance at the GSNSW Writing Retreat is outlined below. We are able to offer two rates. Both rates include: all retreat activities, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and morning and afternoon teas. However, participants will be responsible for getting themselves to and from the venue (the location of the retreat is near Katoomba Station).


Rate 1:

Rate inclusive of the following:

  • Traditional Room – single occupancy room with shared male-only or female-only bathrooms x 3 nights;
  • access to Writing Retreat space in Library and all retreat activities;
  • breakfast, lunch and morning and afternoon teas
  • only 10 places available at this rate



Rate 2:

Rate inclusive of the following:

  • Colonial Room – single occupancy and ensuite bathroom x 3 nights;
  • access to Writing Retreat space in Library and all retreat activities;
  • breakfast, lunch and morning and afternoon teas
  • up to 15 places available at this rate





The GSNSW will also offer 16 scholarships to assist members who are students, precariously employed and/or have no institutional support to assist in funding the costs of attending this event. There are two types of scholarships:


Scholarships 1: for those with no institutional support and medium income (8 available).



Scholarship 2: PhD students, precariously employed or unemployed (8 available).





To be considered for a place on the GSNSW’s 2020 Writing Retreat you must:


Selection and notification of applicant success will occur by October 1st 2019.


Final payment to secure your place on the GSNSW’s 2020 Writing Retreat will be due by November 30th, 2019.


GSNSW requests that any publications arising from the GSNSW 2020 Writing Retreat acknowledge this support.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself of Bronwyn Bate.


All the best,

Rae Dufty-Jones



Dr Rae Dufty-Jones | Geography & Planning, WSU

President, Geographical Society of NSW



Visit: Office G.18, Building EI, Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University

Phone: 61 (2) 9685 9393

Post: School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Parramatta South Campus, Locked Bag 1797 Penrith Sth DC, NSW 2751


Latest publications:

Dufty-Jones R, 2018, ‘The career aspirations and expectations of geography doctoral students: establishing academic subjectivities within a shifting landscape’, Geographical Research, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-5871.12270/full


Dufty-Jones R, 2018, ‘A historical geography of housing crisis in Australia’, Australian Geographer, http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/Tj6qxImeFFkgH4ii4Fi3/full