Joan Small Poetry and Books


Residential Writer's Retreat

Date TBA

I am inviting a person dedicated to getting his or her book finished and ready for printing in just one week, to stay in my beautiful home at Parkwood/Arundel on the Gold Coast.

I will provide facilities, amenities and expertise/assistance so that you can get your project completed in just one week.

I have helped a client get his book to draft stage in just a day, and recently I helped a client get 5 mini books ready for printing in just a week. With dedication and focus, it is possible to get your book to printing stage in a week.

What you will need:

- The idea and outline for your book - is it fiction / non fiction/ memoir?
- Any personal images you may want to include on your computer or USB stick. We can source stock royalty free images during the week
- As much writing as you have done already.

I can provide for your comfort:
- Your bedroom and bathroom
- Daily breakfast ( lunch and evening meal will cost an extra $100 for the week)
- A quiet separate room with desk, printer/scanner, wireless and other resources

- My proven expertise as demonstrated in the other pages of this website.
- Help in writing, editing, proof reading, layout, formatting, cover design.
- Recording program on my computer (audacity) if you prefer to record some of your story. I can interview you.
- Transcribing service, if recording is not too long.
- More - please ask ...

Visit the Self Publishing Help page and Self Publishing Workshop pages to read about what I do and view testimonials about my services.

What You Will Need to Bring:
- Your laptop with files relating to your book on it
- Your remote connection to the internet ('dongle') if you wish to connect in this way. Otherwise you can tap into my wireless internet.
- Anything you want to use for your book that is not on your computer e.g. photo prints, research books.
- Recording device if you have one
- Your own video and camera e.g. Mobile phone - to record video and photos (I have these but you may prefer to use your own
- Pens, notebook, personal journal and notes you have written.


If you have any other questions please email or Skype joansmall3 and I will provide my phone contact.


Joan Small Writer Lady

Want to Write
That Book
In Just a Week

You Can ...
At my
Writers Retreat

Here are some of the facilities on this resort style site to help you relax and get inspiration.

IndoorPoolIndoor Heated Pool


Outdoor PoolOutdoor Pool & spa


Lounge DiningLounge/Dining/Entry



Helensvale Writers' Group

3rd Thursday each month
Helensvale Library - ground floor meeting room
11.30 am to 1.30 pm
Contact Joan:

Poetry in Paradise
Poetry Club

3rd Sunday
each month
Southport Library meeting room
1 pm to 3.30 pm