Another reason why I love Clare Valley

Take 24 like-minded people. Add four experts at the top of their game. Mix with generous helpings of the best coffee, chocolate and other brain food. Bake in an historical stone building surrounded by autumnal delight for three days. And voila! Fiona McIntosh has created yet another masterpiece.

Thank you yet again our clever, always entertaining Fiona… charming Dan Ruffino from Simon & Schuster, magnetic Lou Ryan of PenguinRandom House, sparkling Bethany Clark from Well Mannered Words and impressive Jason Lehman of Argon Design for a delicious, once in a lifetime experience in beautiful Auburn.


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  1. Mel

    What a weekend! We are so lucky to have to opportunity to band together every now and then for some intense and fabulous work!

    • diannemaguire

      I totally agree… It felt like an injection of inspiration. And I loved catching up with you again too Mel xx

  2. Julie Mattinson

    Fabulous article Dianne. Very cleverly written and explained the weekend perfectly ! Well done.

    • diannemaguire

      Thanks Julie. I loved the opportunity of getting to know you in person. You were great company. x

  3. Rebecca

    What a brilliant weekend!! So amazing to catch up with you and share in the wonderful vibes, Dianne! Happy re-entry back to real life and looking forward to hearing about your writing adventures from here 🙂

    • diannemaguire

      It was a real pleasure spending time with you Bec. I hope our paths cross again soon…. maybe on the coast 🙂

  4. Dan R

    Blush! Thanks, Dianne. Such a great weekend – so exciting and inspiring to see so many talented and engaging folk so committed to perfecting their craft.

    • diannemaguire

      Thanks for sharing your energy and knowledge Dan. I’m currently reading ‘Being Jade’ (S&S). Brilliant.

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