We are excited to announce our first intensive retreat and workshop
for songwriters and creative writers to be held in Kinglake, Victoria
September 15 -17, 2017.
Places are strictly limited to 12

This writers retreat and workshop is for intermediate and advanced writers who are looking for an intensive weekend to hone their writing skills and prepare songs for upcoming projects and/or get them ready to pitch to artists, publishers etc.  

Although the retreat and workshop will be focused mainly on songs, there is scope for other creative writing projects as well.  As you know Merelyn is a successful self published author and also writes for many projects, including magazine articles, blogs and creative workshop programs, so there is a wealth of experience on offer.

David and Merelyn together with well known songwriter/producer/musician Adrian Hannan and special guests Jetty Road will deliver workshops and also focus one on one with each participant. 

Carter & Carter

Adrian Hannan


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With have recorded 6 of our Carter & Carter albums with Adrian at The SongStore as well as multiple other projects. He is truly an amazing producer and song smith.  And a really nice guy! He will work you hard to help you create great songs ready for recording for your own projects or to pitch to other projects.

As well as working with us Adrian has worked with many big name artists including:

* Vanessa Amarossi

* Delta Goodrem

* Taxi Ride

* X Factor Finalists and Winners

He has also co-written National #1 hit singles and worked in a variety of genres including country, pop, hard rock, christian, roots, blues, metal etc.

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:

* Writing for a Reason - a focussed writing approach

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

* Taking Aim - How to write songs that connect with your target market

* How to improve the commerciality of your songwriting

* The pathway through Writing, Arranging to Recording - bringing your song to life the way you hear it in your head

* Effective brainstorming - ways to get into a creative space and overcome the doubts

* Overcoming writing blocks

* Co-Writing - an amazing networking experience

* Rounding out your project - selecting songs for an album, finishing a book or achieving the goal of your creative project

* How to pitch a song to artists

* And much more (depending on participants needs)


Upon booking you can tell us your specific writing needs and we will tailor the course either generally, or one on one, to meet your needs.

The gorgeous Cheeky Fox Retreat is a amazing B&B accommodation just 1km from our farm.  You will be accommodated there, with breakfasts provided and the Saturday night meal will be provided  by ‘My Little Kitchen’(see below) our local caterer.  All other meals will be provided, including morning and afternoon teas, light lunches and the Friday night BBQ at our Hilltop Farm.


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 kms of our home) on the local mini bus 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.  As well as the BBQ on Friday night, there will be opportunities to visit and get creative on 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:  Friday 15th September through to Sunday September 17th 2017.  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 mini bus 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 share 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:  We require $330 deposit upon booking.  Then $330 by July 31st and the remaining $440 before the retreat starts. Invoices will be issued and some of you may be able to claim the trip on your tax

Venue:  Cheeky Fox Retreat – 1km from our Hilltop Farm.And also Hilltop 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.  Credit card will be accepted with a small extra fee to cover Pay Pal costs (approx $20 on 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 and three horses. We also have nightly visits from wombats and of course the occasional Cheeky Fox!

Accommodation is twin-share, with a queen-sized bed and a single bed in each of the six bedrooms, serviced by three shared bathrooms.  Linen and towels are provided, and the house will be stocked with basic breakfast provisions (milk, bread, cereal) and condiments (oil, tomato sauce, salt & pepper etc) for you to use during your stay.


Example of the special Saturday night meal together at Cheeky Fox

  • Hearty Winter Soup - Vegetable or Pumpkin with crusted bread
  • Choice of Chicken and Leek Lasagne or Vegetable Lasagne
  • Assorted soft drinks / bottled water
  • Tea / Coffee

Local wines can be purchased and/or BYO.


Please note meals can be tailored to accommodate special dietary needs. 


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Carter & Carter

Crestway Music

Address:  PO Box 271, Kinglake, Victoria, Australia, 3757

Telephone:  Australia: 0416 075 638  International: +61 416 075 638