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We are excited to announce our October 2021 songwriting 
workshop retreat to be held in Kinglake, Victoria
October 21 - 24, 2021
Residential and non-residential spots are available. 
Residential places are strictly limited to 12


This writers retreat and workshop is for songwriters of all levels who are looking for a way to establish and/or develop their songwriting skills, learn how to finish a song, refine their song and record their song.

David and Merelyn together with multi-award winner Luke Austen and another award-winning songwriter (to be announced after Tamworth) will deliver workshops and also focus one on one with each participant. We will focus on techniques and processes that will enable you to freely express your ideas on paper and then into a song - ready to be recorded. 

Becoming a more skilful songwriter will allow you confidently pursue opportunities for your songs to be recorded either by yourself or other artists and open the doorway to an incredible world of creativity.





(from Jetty Road)


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All acts have won Golden Guitars and various other awards with songs that they have written themselves and are perfectly qualified to help you bring your ideas to life in a song format.

Because the workshop is limited to 12 participants it means that we will have the flexibility to address issues of individuals and adjust the workshop sessions to best address the needs of the participants.

Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • How To Start - creative ways to start the songwriting process.

  • Effective Brainstorming - ways to get into a creative space and overcome doubts.

  • Rhyming - when to, when not to, simple rhymes, complex rhymes, how to.

  • Song Structure - understanding the structure of a song and how to put it together and pull it apart.

  • Melody - how to come up with an interesting melody and/or how to do the melody when you don't play an instrument.

  • Instrumental And Lyric Hooks - understand the song elements that make a song stick in peoples heads.

  • Simple Charts - how to write simple charts and keep records of songs.

  • The Rewrite - how to take a song from finished to amazing

  • Overcoming Writing Blocks - Understanding why we get stuck and processes to overcome the frustration.

  • Co-Writing - an amazing networking experience

  • And much more (depending on participants needs)

Have your questions ready or pre send them if you are organised and want to take fullest advantage of our time.  We will give you as many hours as you need of concentrated and practical career and industry information. 

You can call us on a phone or we can chat over the internet, at a mutually agreed time, and you get our full attention for the agreed session and usually a little extra.

Rate per hour is $80 plus GST.

Deposit on booking 50%.  Balance 2 days before appointment or earlier.


Upon booking, you can tell us your songwriting experiences so far and we will tailor your course to meet your needs.

The gorgeous Cheeky Fox Retreat is an amazing B&B accommodation just 1km from our farm.  You will be accommodated there, with all meals provided, including morning and afternoon teas, light lunches and Friday & Saturday night meals.


We also want you to have a great visit to our beautiful part of the world, so we are planning a trip to the local waterfalls (both within 8 km of our home) on the local minibus which we will hire for the weekend to move us around.   The Kinglake Pub is also a great place to stop for a drink and if you are hungry between meals you can savour treats from Flying Tarts Bakery.  There will be opportunities to visit our farm, get close with the 50+ animals, and generally soak up the awesome environment.  You can actually see the back paddock of Hilltop Farm from Cheeky Fox Retreat – one day we might install a flying fox to transport us from The Cheeky Fox!


Here are the important details:

Date:  Thursday 21st Oct through to Sunday 24th Oct 2021.  Plan to arrive Thursday evening if not local.

Travel: You are responsible to get yourselves here.  If you are driving we will, of course, provide good instructions and if you intend to fly in, please see below.

Transfers:  For those flying in from interstate we will co-ordinate your arrival times on Thursday and collect you in the minibus to bring you to Kinglake (approx.. 70 mins from the airport depending on the time of day).  And return you on Sunday evening or Monday morning.  Accommodation is all included (on a shared room basis) as are all meals, drinks etc. (except for alcohol).  We anticipate you will arrive Thursday afternoon and leave Sunday afternoon.  Three nights accommodation are provided, however, if you wish to extend your stay that can be arranged at The Cheeky Fox Retreat or you might like to visit some other local areas.  If you stay on for further nights, you will need to find your own way back to the airport, but please talk to us about it - we might have something up our sleeve.


Payment Plan: 

Non - Residential: We have a limited number of non-residential spots available. These spots do not include accommodation.

Fee is $800 plus GST - Several payments plans are available as shown below

  1.   $440 deposit upon booking.  Then $440 balance four weeks before the retreat starts. 

  2.   Fortnightly or weekly payment plans available upon request by calling 0416 075 638

Residential: We have a strictly limited number of residential spots available. These spots include all accommodation and meals.

Accommodation is on a shared room basis.  The weekend is an all-ages retreat.

Fee is $1000 plus GST - Several payments plans are available as shown below

  1.   $550 deposit upon booking.  Then $550 balance four weeks before the retreat starts. 

  2.   Fortnightly or weekly payment plans available upon request by calling 0416 075 638


Invoices will be issued and some of you may be able to claim the trip on your tax

Refund Policy:  As you will appreciate there is no funding for this event and to secure the tutors and accommodation, catering etc, we need to be assured of numbers.  For this reason, course fees are not refundable, but if for some extreme reason you cannot attend at the last minute, please let us know and we will discuss options to book you in for a future retreat.  The first $550 of the deposit is not negotiable as we have made a commitment to tutors, accommodation and catering.  Thanks for your understanding.

COVID Restrictions Policy: Due to the events of 2020 and the COVID restriction lockdowns that can occur our policy is :

  • If COVID restrictions occur and impact the date of the retreat, the weekend will be rescheduled as soon as practicable and all deposits, payments and places will be honoured in the rescheduled retreat dates.

  • The Cheeky Fox Retreat has a COVID safety plan that will be emailed to all participants in the weeks leading up to the retreat.

Venue:  Cheeky Fox Retreat – 1km from our farm.

HOW TO BOOK:  Call us on 0416 075 638.  Payment can be made via direct deposit (preferred option) to Crestway Music BSB 733044  A/c 500638.  A credit card will be accepted with a small extra fee to cover Pay Pal costs (approx $20 on the total amount).  Or you can go old school and send us a cheque! Need to know more before you book?:  Call us – 0416 075 638


About Cheeky Fox Retreat

Cheeky Fox Retreat offers a private, inspiring country location to work and relax for groups of up to 12 people.  Situated on 50 private acres with spectacular views over the Kinglake Ranges, the Retreat itself is a large six-bedroom home with features including a large living space with wood heater, boardroom/dining room, award-winning kitchen, library, and private cinema.  We will also utilise the private cinema and set it up with some basic recording equipment so you can record your ideas as you go along.

Outside, guests have exclusive access to a solar-heated swimming pool with stunning views, the house grounds and over 2 kilometres of private bush tracks to explore. Cheeky Fox Retreat is also home to some local farm animals including 30 sheep. 

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