Meet the Hosts

The Rainforest Writing Retreat enters its fifth year in 2018, as more and more writers discover the magic and inspiration the retreat provides. Below are the hosts that make it all happen!

Charmaine Clancy


Charmaine is a co-host for the Rainforest Writing Retreat and point of contact for attendee bookings, managing of presenters guests and event facilitator.

When not explaining the dangers of underestimating a fairy or the best spots to hide a body, Charmaine hosts creative writing clubs for kids and teens, and is now hosting online workshops (iTeenWrite). Her books include My Zombie Dog, Dognapped? A Dog Show Detective Mystery and Undead Kev.

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Anthony Puttee


Anthony co-hosts the Rainforest Writing Retreat with Charmaine as assistant event and presenter manager, along with being the technology and marketing coordinator.

Founder of Book Cover Café, an award-winning publishing services and support vendor. With a combined experience of 25 years in publishing, Anthony and his team of ninjas help authors self-publish the smart way and launch their books to a world-wide audience while maintaining control and flexibility.

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Paul Smith

Crew member and driver

Paul helps coordinate crew members, location requirements and is the bus driver who provides a friendly face to all those who take the bus up to the retreat.

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Emily Clancy

Crew member and photographer

Assisting the rest of the crew and making guests feel welcome is Emily, who also looks after the event photography.

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