Writing up a storm in Ubud

Michelle Morgan - Monday, October 30, 2017

I recently spent eight fabulous days in Ubud, Bali, immersed in playwriting, listening to other authors and experiencing the rich local culture.

I attended a five-day intensive Playwrights' Retreat with talented and multi-award winning playwrights, Tanika Gupta and Lachlan Philpott. The daily workshops included a variety of writing and drama exercises, discussion of play scenes and critical feedback from the playwrights and the other three participants (Di, Sunara and Tee) about the plays we are working on.

It was also a privilege to go to the first day of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017, with inspiring talks by national treasures, Nh. Dini and Marina Mahathir; exploration of incredible journeys with Paula Constant, Per Andersson and Rob Henry; hilarious discussion of the pleasures of leisure with Robert Dessaix; and powerful performances by storytellers, Arielle Cottingham, Sholeh Wolpe and Brigitte Schar. I also gave a copy of Flying through Clouds to Rissa, a visiting writer and teacher from a village outside Jakarta.

I managed to squeeze in some sightseeing at the World Heritage Rice Terraces and Water Temple (Tirtha Empul) and spent hours browsing through the amazing artworks at Neka Art Museum and Puri Lukisan Museum. I stayed at the lovely Kajane Mua Villas and enjoyed delicious local dishes at several cafes and restaurants in Ubud. A sensational working holiday!


» Share this post

Recent Posts


author talks jackie french act writers centre chloe mauger Gordon Library jump for jordan children's book council of australia skylight books sydney opera house indigenous literacy foundation Mitchell Library holidays 12 curly questions Port Macquarie Library literary events hnsa book tour bradman museum sydney bill condon Spotlight On spark award 2017 Newcastle writers' festival jamberoo public school griffin theatre ubud writers & readers festival nook mabo day kobo all the buzz about books nsw writers' centre captain tobias furneaux deep sky MacLean's Booksellers Taree Library ANZAC Day flying through clouds iTunes middle grade fiction Abbey's Bookshop bookshops southern highlands writers' festival Muswellbrook Library Magpies scbwi books copyediting decimal currency Books + Publishing Moss Vale Campus Library amazon kindle readhowyouwant ReadPlus kids' book review alexander mccall smith book trailer too late for love indigenous literacy day book fairs tanika gupta St Paul's Primary School reviews lovereading4kids gerringong historical society museum shoalhaven libraries buzz words eBook mall booktopia sophie masson YA fiction author videos society of children's book writers and illustrators playwriting festival telopea park school bookstop[ Grafton Library children's book council of australia national conference berkelouw books elizabeth gilbert Historical Novel Society lachlan philpott barbara braxton tom keneally centre CBCA Children's Book Week State Library of NSW seven mile beach narrabundah college better read than dead bay of fires goodreads giveaway mETAphor teachers' notes sharon mcguinness good reading magazine kate gordon Good Reading australian federation of graduate women reconciliation deb robins bushwalking southern highland news libraries book depository teen fiction frankfurt book fair smsa library book cover design allen & unwin theatre potts point bookshop ubud, bali bookworld international children's book day 2014 michelle morgan children's book council of australia NSW branch festivals writing process blog hop Paperchain Manuka book launch NAIDOC week ann harth ulladulla library illustrators 14 february 1966 indie publishing Australia Day tasmania smashwords highlife magazine heart of australia Sydney Harbour Bridge Woollahra Library fran knight southern cross martin luther king, jr sir charles kingsford smith bologna children's book fair interviews refugee week authors Broadbeach Library Tamworth Country Music Festival amazon festival of golden words combined book exhibit believing historical fiction australian literature sandy fussell arielle gamble gorman arts centre paperback CBCA book of the year awards WritingNSW kindle big book day out eBook sydney mechanics school of arts library historical novel society australasia writers' festivals ainslie + gorman arts centre scbwi australia hans christian andersen national simultaneous storytime romy sharp literary lunch school visits bookloons self-publishing Tamworth City Library byron writers festival valentine's day Dymock's Canberra children's / YA literature Anniversary Day Quirindi Library racing the moon QBD fishpond australian standing orders luke johnson refugees giveaway writing workshops australian reading hour Reading Time berkelouw book barn griffin press di bates playwriting read3r'zrevu coming-of-age fiction blog tour children's book council of australia illawarra south coast Reader's Companion Armidale just write for kids dymocks Lismore Library Dymocks Brisbane playwrights retreat festival of dangerous ideas sally odgers barnes&noble goodreads songs atyp autumn revel lyn linning goodbye frankie mother's day 19 March 1932 elaine ousten nowra library spark award older readers 2017 Bowral Art Gallery Bookshop Bowral canberra clancy tucker awards Waterstones