Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Rottnest Retreat 2020

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Date(s) - 07/06/2020 - 10/06/2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Rottnest Island
Thomson Bay - Rottnest Island,


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Rottnest Retreat 2020 — Bookings

This is the booking page for the SCBWI Australia West Rottnest Island Retreat.

The retreat this year will be held from June 7 to 10.

For full details about the retreat, please see the Rottnest Retreat 2020 page.


Ticket Prices are outlined in the following table. See below for inclusions.

Room Cost Booking Fee
Shared Twin Room (per person) $325.00 $5.50
Single Room (single occupancy only) $490.00 $5.50

Single Room bookings are for single occupancy only — accompanying non-members are not permitted except by special arrangement.


Ticket price includes three nights cottage accommodation and admission to all general program activities on Rottnest, including the Thomsons Dinner.

Not included: manuscript / portfolio one-on-one and group publisher/author/illustrator critiques, other meals on Rottnest, ferry fare.

Please note that you do not need to book for most activities on Rottnest Island. Exceptions are:

Paid one-on one critiques — Bookings must be made via the page below.

Paid group portfolie review — Bookings must be made via the page below.

Peer Group WIP rounds — Free, but limited spaces. Select a group when registering.

Readings by Almost Candlelight — Free. Reserve a reading slot when registering.

Room Sharing Requests

If you’d like to share a room with another member, please note your request on the booking form.

While all share requests will be considered, the allocation of rooms and cottages is a complex process and no guarantees can be made. Share requests should be made by mutual agreement with those concerned.

Please note that this year, our cottages are in NORTH Thomson.

Volunteer Callout

We’re looking for people to be critique timekeepers. This involves lurking in the Dome Cafe and ensuring that critique sessions stay on schedule. You will be asked to take a one-hour shift when critique sessions are running.

To volunteer for this role, please check the relevant box when you register for the Retreat. You’ll then be contacted by our delighted team for follow-up.

How to Book

Bookings for the 2020 Rottnest Retreat open at 6:00pm SHARP on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

Click the button below to book your ticket through TryBooking.


To book for critiques and mainland events, use these quick links:

Mainland Event Bookings

Mainland and Rottnest Critique Bookings

Confirming Bookings

After your booking is complete, you should receive a confirmation email from TryBooking. If you don’t receive your confirmation email, check your Spam folder. If you still can’t find it, please contact Regional Advisor Kelly Canby for assistance.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made up to 28 days prior to the event (on or before May 12) will receive a 75% refund. Cancellations made after this date will not receive a refund.

Anti-Harassment Policy

SCBWI is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience in its events and activities. Please review the official SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy before booking.

Acknowledgement of Country

SCBWI Australia West recognises the cultural significance and sad history that Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) holds for Aboriginal people and acknowledges the Whadjuk Noongar people as Wadjemup’s traditional custodians.


For more information about this event, please email Regional Advisor Kelly Canby.