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Freelance and Travel Writing Workshop, 28 nights from $2650AUD 

Bali, Indonesia 


Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali’s rumbling volcanoes, rice paddies and warm-water surf have enamoured travellers for decades. With its enchanting culture, incense-laced streets and warm locals, the island is an enchanging gem in the Indonesian archipeligo.

Travel to the hip Balinese seaside village of Canggu with Astray. Over the course of four weeks, you’ll live amongst the rice paddies in a local village and will attend daily writing workshops focused on creative non-fiction and narrative-feature writing, with a huge emphasis on working as a freelancer and a culturally relative approach to travel. To break out of the tourism vortex and truly immerse yourself in the local community, you’ll also be learning Indonesian with from a crew of artisan teachers.

Outside of class hours, you’ll be frolicking from the reef to the jungle, bathing in waterfalls, admiring majestic temples, munching on delicious food with your hands and perhaps even zipping around on a motorised scooter. All the gems you find will need to be shared, which is why as well as writing two articles, you’ll also be putting together a travel guide.

Learn what you don't get taught at uni

This program provides practical, real-world experience, and has been designed to be a bridge between writing privately and entering the workforce as a freelance writer. Applicants vary in levels of experience — some are fresh out of high school, others are in the throes of a journalism degree, some are studying something super random and others have never been to uni. Maybe you’ve filled eight travel journals over the last five years; perhaps the only writing you’ve ever done is graffiti on the back of a toilet door. We cater to all ability levels, and though experience helps, it’s not at all necessary — we’ll teach you everything you need to know, and guarantee that you’ll have a wealth of new skills and confidence (plus a fantastic story worth pitching) by the end of the week. In fact, many students often keep writing for us on a freelance basis once the course is over.

What you get

  • Daily writing, editing and freelancing workshops. Classes go for between two and three hours each weekday. Click here for a subject breakdown.

  • A half-day cooking class at a village-run farm in the mountains

  • Airport pickup 

  • One month of twin-share accommodation in a Balinese bungalow

  • 24-hour support, care and mentoring
  • Potential university credit via the Work Integrated Learning program: if you’re a journalism, media or communications student, enrolment in the program gives you the potential to receive a full subject’s worth of university credit. So far, we’ve had students from RMIT, Wollongong University, Charles Sturt University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, UNSW, QUT, the University of Queensland, Curtin University and more receive credit, as well as those attending schools in New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

Bali Writing Workshop

Dates and Cost

Next program: June 27 – July 24, 2022
  •  $2650AUD for a twin-share bungalow

Once you get in to the program, a $500 deposit will be required to confirm your place, and the rest will be due six weeks before the program starts. If we have to cancel, the program is fully refundable. If you have to cancel, the program is fully refundable less the deposit until four weeks before. Payment plans are available and can span up to six months after the program finishes.

Travel respectfully and sustainably

At Astray, determined to encourage a culturally relative approach to travel: supporting locally-owned businesses from our team of drivers and language teachers to our accommodation and cooking school. We’re also fiercely committed to social justice and supporting diversity in the work we publish, giving space to voices that have been traditionally excluded from mainstream media and building an accessible community around storytelling.


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Astray is run by a team of writers who mostly live, work and play in lutruwita/Tasmania. With reverence, we acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the rightful custodians of the land, which was stolen and never ceded. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.