The Nash Agency 2019 Writers' Retreat

The Nash Agency Writers' Retreat 2019

When: Monday 11th February - Thursday 14th February 2019

Where: Cedar Creek Lodges, Mt Tamborine, Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland



The Nash Agency is pleased to offer our first writers' retreat.

Open to aspiring, self-published and traditionally published authors, our writers' retreat offers the chance to hone your craft through sessions with bestselling Australian authors and experienced literary agents, one-on-one consultations with principal agent and owner, Haylee Nash, and engaging and challenging group workshops, as well as offering the space to focus on your writing in the perfect setting.


Here is just some of what you can expect from The Nash Agency Writers' Retreat 2019:

  •  Masterclass with top ten bestselling Australian author, Rachael Johns

  •  Masterclass with international bestselling author, Josephine Moon

  •  Learn from Alex Adsett about the role of an agent, the importance of copyright and how to understand a publishing contact

  •  Hear from Haylee Nash about the state of the Australian book market, current trends in publishing and what publishers are looking for

  •  Polish your pitch to give your manuscript the best chance of snagging an agent and/or publisher

  •  Partial manuscript appraisals (on three chapters and synopsis), including a one-page report and 15-minute consultation with Haylee Nash 



Packages available

  1. Full retreat package ($1999, plus booking fee):

    •  Admission to all retreat sessions and events

    •  3 nights accommodation

    •  All meals

    •  Partial manuscript appraisal and consultation

    •  Airport transfers

  1. Day package ($500, plus booking fee):

    •  Admission to either Day Two or Day Three of the retreat

    •  Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided




Cedar Creek Lodges is part of a 112-hectare rainforest property on Tamborine Mountain, located under an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast CBDs. With unique conference venues, free high speed WiFi, beautiful modern accommodation and superb dining venues, Cedar Creek Lodges guarantees guests the utmost comfort and finest hospitality.



The architecturally-designed Creek Lodges are self-contained with king size beds in each of the 2 bedrooms and are nestled along the banks of Cedar Creek. The decor is stylish and contemporary with wood-fired combustion heaters (set on arrival), king size beds, a spa bath, high ceilings and private balconies with magnificent vistas overlooking the tumbling waters of Cedar Creek.


About our speakers


Josephine Moon

Josephine has four novels published internationally — The Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise, The Beekeeper’s Secret and Three Gold Coins — and has sold over 180,000 copies. She describes her novels as ‘books like chocolate brownies’—rich, inviting, a treat for soul but with chunky nuts to chew on, with a dash of sea salt that lingers on the tongue. She lives in the Noosa hinterland, Australia, with her husband, son and a tribe of animals that, despite her best intentions, seems to expand every year. 

Josephine is a proud sponsor of Story Dogs Australia, currently sponsoring Ella and Charlie on the Sunshine Coast. Story Dogs teams visit primary schools to encourage reading development in early learners. Story Dogs is a charity close to Jo’s heart, combining her love of literacy and reading with children and animals.

You can find out more about Josephine Moon at or via Facebook @JosephineMoonAuthor

Rachael Johns

Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a chronic arachnophobic, a Diet Coke addict, a podcast junkie and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. A lover of romance and women’s fiction, Rachael loves nothing more than sitting in bed with her laptop and electric blanket and imagining her own stories.


In 2016 The Patterson Girls was named General Fiction Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards. Rachael has finaled in a number of other of competitions, including the Australian Romance Readers Awards. Jilted won Favourite Australian Contemporary Romance for 2012, The Patterson Girls won the same award for 2015 and she was voted in the Top Ten of Booktopia’s Favourite Australian Author poll in 2013. 


Rachael lives in the Perth hills with her hyperactive husband, three mostly gorgeous heroes-in-training, two ginger cats, a cantankerous bird and a very badly-behaved dog.


You can find out more about Rachael Johns at or via Facebook @RachaelJohnsRomance



Alex Adsett, Alex Adsett Publishing Services

Alex Adsett is a literary agent and publishing consultant, who has been working in the publishing and bookselling industry for the last almost twenty years.  She has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. As a consultant, Alex provides commercial and strategic advice to authors and independent publishers regarding publishing contracts. She has worked with publishers including Editia, Sleepers, University of Queensland Press, Australian Society of Authors, and the Copyright Agency, and authors such as Graeme Simsion, Isobelle Carmody, Barry Humphries, and Kylie Chan.  As a literary agent, Alex is always seeking amazing manuscripts, with a focus on fiction and narrative non-fiction, especially SFF, crime and romance, for all ages from picture books to adults.  She regularly delivers seminars on copyright and publishing contracts around Australia, and serves on various NFP literary boards including Small Press Network and Queensland Writers Centre.


Having started her bookselling career at Pulp Fiction Bookshop in Brisbane, Australia, Alex moved to Murder One bookstore in London, UK, followed by more than two years working for Simon and Schuster UK. On returning to Australia, she spent three years in her dream job as part of the Rights and Contracts Department of Penguin Books in Melbourne, before moving to the Contracts Department of John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.  She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or skulking around bookshops. 


You can find out more about Alex Adsett at or via Facebook @Alex-Adsett-Publishing-Services



Haylee Nash, The Nash Agency

Haylee Nash is the principal agent and owner of literary agency, The Nash Agency, which offers representation and editorial services to aspiring, self-published and traditionally published authors. Haylee is an industry professional with over 11 years of experience acquiring, editing, publishing and marketing bestselling fiction and non-fiction in the print and digital markets. 


Haylee has published some of Australia's highest selling books from authors such as Rachael Johns, Fiona McCallum, Sally Hepworth and Kylie Scott, and has worked as a commissioning editor for Pan Macmillan Australia, publishing manager for Harlequin Enterprises Australia and as a product specialist at Booktopia.


You can find out more about The Nash Agency at or via Facebook @TheNashAgencyAustralia