Grasstrees is a tranquil property nestled on the south-west coast of Victoria near the Great Otway National Park, in Wadawurrung Country.
Generously supported by the Trawalla Foundation, the Stella Grasstrees Writing Retreats were awarded to Stella Prize shortlisted authors between 2013 and 2019. The Stella Grasstrees Writing Retreat provided writers with the space to begin or progress a new work of Australian literature.
“Virginia Woolf’s words about women needing ‘a room of one’s own’ still ring true, and we trust that the residency will nurture these female writers’ creativity.”
— Carol Schwartz
“Being in such a beautiful and peaceful location, and away from all of the everyday logistics and distractions of my regular life, enables a different kind of deep thinking that’s so rare and so precious.”
— Fiona Wright
2016 Stella Prize shortlistee
“The gift of time and solitude at Grasstrees is incalculable. The property is exquisite and any writer’s dream. But the opportunity to have uninterrupted thinking time is the greatest gift of all.”
— Heather Rose
2017 Stella Prize winner
“It is difficult to get time to ‘sink’ into a project – to engage at the deepest level. Grasstrees has a special kind of silence, and there’s such an equality to the place – living gently among the creatures. The value is immeasurable. My only hesitation is that I may never find such fertile creative solitude again!”
2013 Stella Prize winner