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Gunnas Weekend Writing Retreat

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4990 Great Ocean Rd,
Sugarloaf VIC  (near Apollo Bay)

Friday June 15th 4pm – Sunday June 17th 4pm

(There is another retreat Friday March 2nd – Sunday March 4th click here to book )

TWO full days of boot camp writing with solo blocks, prompt exercises and other creative therapy. Brilliant food, great chats, nude swimming and amazing people. There will be surprises and treats. I want you leaving feeling loved up, special, relaxed and fired up.

SNAP UP A SPOT

There’ll also be some meditation or yogaish stuff and perhaps a guest speaker or two. All meals included. Transport not supplied. Good times guaranteed.  I’ll announce more over the next few months but that’s part of the Early Bird deal. You take a punt and book and as all the fabulous updates go up you can smugly enjoy the knowledge you have locked in a place and you knew it was going to be fantastic.

Beginners are very welcome! Gunnas Masterclasses are for all levels. Novice to professional.

BOOK NOW

What You Will Need To Know

  • We’ll be staying at Seacroft which is an old monastery near Apollo Bay. The accommodation  is clean and cozy but not flash. Most people will be sharing toilets and bathrooms. All linen is provided including towels.
  • If you are keen you can book a room at Seacroft the day or a week before or after if you would like to extend you stay.
  • There are several different types of accommodation. Check them here.  You have a choice of private rooms with single, double , queen or king beds (SOLD OUT).  The shared room options are single twin, dorm rooms or a self-contained two bedroom cabin that sleeps six people . If you are interested in a dorm room with buddies get three or four mates together and I’ll put you in together. JUST IN if you would like to sort your own accommodation close by or if you live close by and would just come during the day buy day passes here. There are some lovely Airbnbs in the area.
  • All meals will be provided. They will be delicious, nutritious and Instagramable. We will do our best to cater to all dietary requirements. Any queries email me here
  • Refunds? Well you know me, I have no rules or policies and run my business under the motto generosity, enthusiasm, friendliness and irreverence. We’ll work something out.
  • Gunnas Masterclasses do NOT apply for retreats but there is no reason you can’t give this to someone you love as a gift.
  • Got transport issues? The Facebook Event page is where you can car pool with others.
  • Of course you can bring your own alcohol.
  • This is for people in the middle of writing something, people who haven’t started, people who are stuck, people who love these kind of weekends, people who want to get together with mates and this looks like a cracking weekend.
  • If you are a teacher this counts 15 hours professional development hours.

Prices range between King private room single person $1000 – Dorm share room $790 (these prices will go up 30% after Early Bird tickets run out). Check all the prices here

Let me give you the magic pill and provide you with that creative enema you need. I’m the midwife to help you birth your creative baby.  Here’s what people said after doing Gunnas.

Email me with any queries. Want to set up a payment plan? No problems!

Read what people have said after doing a Gunnas here.

Everything you need to know about Gunnas Writing Masterclass here.

The best thing is that no one has to share their work.

Love to see you.

Facebook event page here. Join up!

Dev x

BUY HERE

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Gunnas Weekend Writing Retreat

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Venue – Seacroft

4990 Great Ocean Rd,
Sugarloaf VIC  (near Apollo Bay)

Friday March 2nd 4pm – Sunday March 4th 4pm

ONLY THREE SPOTS LEFT!  But if you would like to sort your own accommodation close by or if you live close by and would just come during the day buy day passes here. There are some lovely Airbnbs in the area.

(There is another retreat Friday June 15th – Sunday June 17th (the weekend before the winter solstice) click here to book )

TWO full days of boot camp writing with solo blocks, prompt exercises and other creative therapy. Brilliant food, great chats, nude swimming and amazing people. There will be surprises and treats. I want you leaving feeling loved up, special, relaxed and fired up.

SNAP UP A SPOT

There’ll also be some meditation or yogaish stuff and perhaps a guest speaker or two. All meals included. Transport not supplied. Good times guaranteed.  I’ll announce more over the next few months but that’s part of the Early Bird deal. You take a punt and book and as all the fabulous updates go up you can smugly enjoy the knowledge you have locked in a place and you knew it was going to be fantastic.

Beginners are very welcome! Gunnas Masterclasses are for all levels. Novice to professional.

BOOK NOW

What You Will Need To Know

  • We’ll be staying at Seacroft which is an old monastery near Apollo Bay. The accommodation  is clean and cozy but not flash. Most people will be sharing toilets and bathrooms. All linen is provided including towels.
  • If you are keen you can book a room at Seacroft the day or a week before or after if you would like to extend you stay.
  • There are several different types of accommodation. Check them here.  You have a choice of private rooms with single (SOLD OUT), double (SOLD OUT), queen (SOLD OUT) or king beds (SOLD OUT).  The shared room options are single twin, dorm rooms or a self-contained two bedroom cabin that sleeps six people (SOLD). If you are interested in a dorm room with buddies get three or four mates together and I’ll put you in together. JUST IN! Day passes for those who would live close or would like to organise their own accommodation near by.
  • All meals will be provided. They will be delicious, nutritious and Instagramable. We will do our best to cater to all dietary requirements but cannot guarantee. Any queries email me here
  • Refunds? Well you know me, I have no rules or policies and run my business under the motto generosity, enthusiasm, friendliness and irreverence. We’ll work something out.
  • Gunnas Masterclasses do NOT apply for retreats but there is no reason you can’t give this to someone you love as a gift.
  • Got transport issues? The Facebook Event page is where you can car pool with others.
  • Of course you can bring your own alcohol.
  • This is for people in the middle of writing something, people who haven’t started, people who are stuck, people who love these kind of weekends, people who want to get together with mates and this looks like a cracking weekend.
  • If you are a teacher this counts 15 hours professional development hours.

Prices range between King private room single person $1300 – Dorm share room $1000. Check all the prices here

Let me give you the magic pill and provide you with that creative enema you need. I’m the midwife to help you birth your creative baby.  Here’s what people said after doing Gunnas.

Email me with any queries. Want to set up a payment plan? No problems!

Everything you need to know about Gunnas Writing Masterclass here.

Read what people have said after doing a Gunnas here.

The best thing is that no one has to share their work.

Love to see you.

Facebook event page here. Join up!

Dev x

BUY HERE

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Gunnas Winter Writing Festival

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People in Melbourne hibernate during the winter so I’ve decided to give people a reason to get out of the house with my Gunnas Winter Writing Festival.

Four special one off classes to celebrate the very best season for creativity. Winter.

Gunnas Journalism With Michael Lallo (focus on interviewing) 
Gunnas Sci Fi With Marianne de Pierre  (fantasy and speculative fiction)
Gunnas Stand-Up Comedy With Nelly Thomas (focus on voices from the margins)

Gunnas Fiction With Nova Weetman (focus on Young Adult fiction)
Write Here, Write Now Winter Solstice HYGGE! 

BOOK AND MORE INFO HERE

MANY people get very down over winter, particularly if you are not fan of footy or skiing. People become sluggish at best, depressed at worst. I have been one of those people.

I have been so grateful to others who have put on amazing dinners, events, catch ups, workshops and things to do over winter. Pubs with fires and brilliant music, yoga retreats, soltice bonfires, Christmases in July, cosy crafternoons, winter lantern festivals, dreamy performances, long boozy lunches, working bees, and weekend get aways with ponchos, guitars, Frisbees and pots of yummy things bubbling on the stove and baking in the oven.

I decided I want to be one of those people who makes something cool for people to do over winter. I want to make the festival I wished was there.

Gunnas Winter Writing Festival officially starts the Sunday before the winter solstice.

My hope is that people will book now and it will make them get out of the house in the depth of winter and feel so glad they did.

We all need something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to. Book a winter Gunnas today and drag a mate along.

ALSO coming up, our last for the year…

Gunna Self Publishing With Julie Postance
Saturday May 27
10am-5pm

BOOK HERE

Have a squiz. I love you all.

Great people, delicious food, magnificent day. Beginners and vegans welcome! Gunnas Writing Masterclass is for all levels. Novice to professional.

Love to see you,

Full $290

Conc/student/artist/unemployed/anyone povo $250

Facebook event page here. Join up!

Dev x

BUY HERE

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Pushy Women Number TEN!

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After nine gangbuster sellout shows all over Australia Pushy Women is back in 2017 to celebrate The Women’s Ride  with a sizzling line up of town bikes, lady riders, pedal pushers, lycra ladettes, fixie hipsters, BMX bandits, dykes on bykes, step through ladies women who don’t ride AT ALL.

Sunday March 26

Trades Hall Carlton

4pm-6pm
LINE -UP JUST ANNOUNCED
Kitty Flanagan – comedian, television superstar and inspiration
Rebecca Barnard – sInger, musician and Melbourne icon
Myf Warhurst – Broadcaster, music nerd and lover of all things nice
Lucy Perry – International keynote speaker, author, photographer and award-winning leader
Tegan Higginbotham – comedian, occasional sports reporter, full time genius
Amy Gray – Feminist, shit stirrer and columnist

MORE PUSHY WOMEN CONFIRMED. Names released closer to the date.

Last year it sold out! Book NOW! And join our Facebook Event here.

BOOK HERE

 

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Use Your Words! My new book.

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A Myth-Busting, No-Fear Approach To Writing.2Q==
Want to write? Got a memoir, novel, screenplay or blog in your back drawer? Need to get ‘unstuck’? This is the magic pill you’ve been looking for.

Read some lovely things about the book herehere, here and here, a fab piece about the launch and check out the launch photos and audio of the fabulous speeches.

In Use Your Words writer and comedian Catherine Deveny reveals the secrets that have made her ‘Gunnas’ Writing Masterclasses sell-out successes around the country. With humour and passion, she explains the struggles all writers face and reveals how to overcome them.

Whether you’re already published or just starting out, writing for others or purely for self-expression, Use Your Words has the tips, tricks, techniques and honest truths to get you writing. You’ll learn how creativity is like a vending machine, how writing is like a magnet and how not to die with your light inside you.

You should come to a Gunnas Writing Masterclass, check out The Writer’s Mug and buy a Get Writing No EXCUSE Poster.

Wait no longer – smash through procrastination and fear and get those words on the page.

BUY HERE 

Buy the eBook:

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Praise for Use Your Words:

‘Everyone has a book in them. Before you write yours, however, read this. It’s brilliant. The world will thank you.’ —Clare Bowditch

‘Finally the truth about writing! Buy this book if you want to get the job done.’ —Chrissie Swan

‘An insightful, funny, honest how-to, go-do, firecracker-up-you bible for the emerging and established author alike. Buy it, read it, and WRITE.’ —Maxine Beneba Clarke

‘Catherine Deveny’s no-nonsense attitude and comedic genius make learning fun. If you’ve always wanted to write but never thought you could, banish those thoughts right now.’ —Clementine Ford

‘As practical and profane as the woman who wrote it.’ —Benjamin Law

‘The most readable book on writing ever written.’ —Dee Madigan

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Pushy Women Melbourne Comedy Festival 2016

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Pushy Women Number Eight!

After seven gangbuster sellout shows all over Australia Pushy Women is back in 2016 as part of the  Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a sizzling line up of town bikes, lady riders, pedal pushers, lycra ladettes, fixie hipsters, BMX bandits, dykes on bykes, step through ladies women who don’t ride AT ALL. Also Pushy Women SYDNEY April 24.

Eight of Melbourne’s most prominent women; celebrities, comedians, writers, performers and broadcasters each speak 8 minutes about bikes!

It will be held at The Ballroom Trades Hall April 10 at 2pm. It’s Sunday afternoon.

JUST ANNOUNCED

Award winning international superstar comedian Felicity Ward

Circus acrobat, dancer, writer, comedian and star of Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy And Little Else Adrienne Truscott

Brisbane-based comedy writer and host of the fortnightly comedy podcast Bring a Plate Bec Shaw Brocklesnitch

Feminist cabaret comedy gold  Lady Sings It Better

Comedy dynamo, writer and up and coming superstar and  Becky Lucas 

Masterchef winner 2013, gardener, babe and loudmouth  Emma Dean

Comedian, actor and  star of 5 Ways To Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mother Diana Nguyen

Last year it sold out a month before the show! Don’t miss out.

BOOK HERE

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Love Party Day. No God. No Government. No Marriage. Just Love.

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On March 6th 2016  Sparkle and Bear (Catherine Deveny and Anthony Artmann) had a Love Party,  a wedding with no god and no government. We were in love when we were 18 (1987) and fell back in love 23 years later in 2010.

Bride? Groom? Wedding? Yes.

Wife? Husband? Marriage? No.

I was a 90 kilo, 47 year old bride in a $260 dress on a bike. No Spanx, no fake tan, no dieting, no botox, no fillers, no gifts, no seating plan, no name changing, no marriage.

There was a veil, flower girls, a ceremony, a certificate, rose petals, bubbles, confetti, a Love Parade with rainbow balloons, a sit down dinner for 100, cake, exchanging of rings, speeches, vows and fairy lights.

But no god and no government. Because god and government have no place in people’s hearts, relationships or bedrooms. Marriage was invented. Love wasn’t.

And love conquers all.

Photos Tess Follett Photography

Love Party video by Ferguson Films watch here

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Huge thanks

Snaps- Tess Follett Photography 

Catering – La Luna Bistro

Flowers – Babylon Flowers Brunswick

Bikes – Lekker Bikes 

Invites, Love Party Certificate, Order Of Service booklet – Jen Clark Design

Celebrants – Michael Lallo and Kelly Parry

Video – Ferg Films 

Dress – Pinup Girl Clothing

Shoes – Chie Mihara

Hair – Delilah Hair Studio

Make-up – Iridis Cosmetics

Rings – Cass Partington 

Cake – Talia Lynch

Veil – Karen Dunwoodie

Suits – Black Tie Classic

DJs – DJ Brain and DJ Damage 

Garden wedding setting – The Wedding Zone 

Balloons – Belle Balloons

Ceremony – Methven Park – Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia.

Huge thanks, Lynda Horton, Sarah Beaumont, Ingrid Horton, Cargone Couriers, Lekker Bikes,  Moreland Council,  El Mirage  & The Atheist Kibbutz

Thank-you for supporting us by purchasing Love Party Posters. We are continuing to sell them to raise money for Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and Domestic Violence Victoria.

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Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide GUNNAS

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Gunnas does the whole of Australia pretty much.

Come to Gunnas Writing Masterclass because Gunnas Writing Masterclass is coming to you so you have NO EXCUSE!

Great people, delicious food, magnificent day. Beginners and vegans welcome! Gunnas Writing Masterclass is for all levels. Novice to professional.

10am-4pm.

Gunna write? Gunna write better, different, more or that project you’re blocked on?

Let me give you the magic pill and provide you with that creative enema you need. I’m the midwife to help you birth your creative baby.  Here’s what people said after doing Gunnas.

25% writing tips.

25% life motivation.

25% stand-up comedy

25% incredible food and fabulous people.

Brisbane Sunday December 27 BOOK 

Brisbane Monday December 28 NOT CONFIRMED BUT VERY LIKELY.  Message me here to register interest. 

Adelaide Saturday February 6 BOOK

Hobart Saturday February 13 BOOK

Sydney Friday February 19 BOOK

Sydney Saturday February 20 BOOK

Canbera Saturday February 27 BOOK

Perth Friday March 11 BOOK

Perth Saturday March 12 BOOK

Purchase gift vouchers here

 

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One year on. One million hits. Let’s party!

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Pop the champagne! My website designed by Jen Clark Design is one year old today!

In that time I have had over one million visits. Thank all of you perverts, weirdos and freaks for dropping by from the bottom of my magnificent rack.

To celebrate until midnight tonight I will be donating 25% of all Gunnas Writing Masterclass (including gift vouchers) and Love Party and Writing Sucks posters purchases to they Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.

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Gunnas Self-Publishing Last for 2015.

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By popular demand! Super excited about the encore  Gunnas Self-Publishing Masterclass. LAST FOR 2015.
A bunch of the Gunnas wanted know about self-publishing ebooks and print books. I’m really interested in it too. So I tracked down the self-publishing guru Julie Postance and she’s running a one more day for us  Saturday September 26 after a gangbuster May masterclass.
You’ll learn everything you need to know. You’ll learn stuff you didn’t even know you needed to. Plus it’s incredible fun.
Self-publishing is the way forth. Remember how we used to think about people who did ‘computer dating’, personal ads or dating agencies ten years ago?
Yep. Now everyone’s hooking up that way.
Don’t wait for the publisher. Get cracking people are getting huges success self-publishing, making money and getting their stories OUT THERE.
Quick, book

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