Advanced Writers’ Retreat

Fortnightly online workshop and project mentoring: Level 2 HeartWriting program

Advanced Writers’ Retreat 2024

large project writing and mentoring over 20 weeks

Advanced workshops July 27 – Nov 30, every second Saturday, 9 – 11.30am Sydney time

Write, workshop, edit, and complete (ready for for publication) an extended piece of work (or several pieces) up to 30,000 words – the size of a small novella

A postgrad-level learning curriculum combined with the bonus services of your very own writing mentor and editor

Study the major literary movements and genres in history, with a focus on Latin American magical realism and postmodern, feminist literature

Featuring a special guest in Week 4: Australian author and former Associate Professor of Creative Writing at UTS, Sydney, Debra Adelaide, will teach us her specialty subject: Novel Writing

Study the poetry of 2022 Stella Prize Winner and Overland editor, Evelyn Araluen: award-winning Australian First Nations Poet

Learn the art of copyediting and structural editing (Rose's specialties)

How to pitch your non–fiction and short stories to literary magazines

Bonus support for business: website copy, blogs, social media writing and marketing

If you’re reading this, you were likely one of the talented students who took a chance and joined my Level 1 signature workshop starting February, where you learned the foundations of HeartWriting in just 8 weeks a life-changing experience!

I’m Rose, a multi-published freelance writer and former magazine editor with a novel on the way. Also a creative writing teacher of 15 years with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing – plus an accredited Hatha yoga and meditation teacher – I’m qualified to teach advanced writing to adults, while embracing a spiritually enhanced, multi-faceted creative approach.

You may have noticed that my methods are very different to other creative writing courses – but you’ll also know firsthand that this method works. 

The semester two, level two HeartWriting program: Advanced Writers’ Retreat is designed to build on the skills of the HeartWriting Level 1 Workshop, with a focus on confident transformation – so that you can finally complete and publish an extended writing project to a high standard, under the mentorship of me, your editor.

Master your writing skills and become the published writer you’ve always dreamed of, by blending the creative powers of your heart with teachings from the best writers in the world.

All the while, you’ll be challenged to face your fears, strengthen your creative heart, and conquer writer’s block.

We’ve only just begun!
There’s so much more to learn

Now that you’ve mastered the art of writing a short story, you can transform your skills into many mediums and forms.

We’ll be covering the major movements of literature over the last 500 years, as well as a range of genres, styles and authors, to open up the possibilities in your writing.

With an academic focus wrapped up in the tenderness of creativity-enhancing spirituality, you’ll be writing with clarity, confidence and heart.

publish your words to the world

Not only is this an online learning experience with all the perks and resources of a tertiary writing education, you’ll also receive monthly 1–1 mentoring with me, as we work through each concept and develop your writing into something you can publish. 

This Level 2 writing program gives you the opportunity to use your new skills to polish a larger piece of writing and seek feedback from with the more experienced students of HeartWriting

your teacher

I’m Rose, a published writer, magazine editor, qualified book editor, and high school English teacher. I’m also a yoga and meditation teacher. With a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, I am qualified to teach you a range of advanced, tertiary-level techniques.


what the workshops look like

Your 10 workshops fall every second week over 20 weeks, from late July to late November, using Zoom and a closed Facebook Group in the comfort of your own sacred writing space.

– 30 minutes gentle yoga and guided creativity meditation
(to prompt theta brainwaves and flow state)
– 30 minutes writing lecture and discussion
– 30 minutes silent writing time
– 20 minutes of sharing and discussion
– 20 minutes second teaching point/ guided meditation/ prompt
– 20 minutes final writing, sharing, and close.

what's included

This extended 10 week program includes fortnightly 2.5 hour workshops PLUS 1–1 WhatsApp support and Zoom mentoring, plus video lectures, readings, resources AND free access to any HeartWriting extras such as my upcoming pre-recorded courses. By the end of the course, you will have completed, workshopped and edited an extended piece of work (or several pieces) up to 30,000 words – the size of a small novella. How cool!

– 2.5 hour Zoom workshop every second Saturday

– A new theme/ literary movement/ writing technique per week 

– Guest lecturer: Former Creative Writing Curriculum Coordinator and senior lecturer at UTS, and published author, Debra Adelaide, will teach us the basics of writing a novel

– Worksheets, lectures and reading material

– 1–1 Zoom mentoring with Rose

– Email feedback on written work

– A Facebook group to connect with your peers

– Creative meditation and gentle hatha yoga

– Free bonus access to pre–recorded courses

50+ hours of educational value

$1,999 (no fees) bank transfer



Creative meditation hatha yoga and meditation to open the creative heart Learn how to tune into the powerful creative energy of the heart, while dropping into the Theta brainwave state, where the real magic happens.

Book now for the Advanced Writers’ Retreat

next course starts JULY 2024

Rose Mascaro is a writer, editor and teacher who is passionate about teaching others how to build a life of creative bliss. A published writer, and the 2020 editor of Teen Breathe magazine Australia, she has a Master of Arts in creative writing.