The Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre is a full-time centre that provides resources, information and literary activities for writers and readers. The Writers’ Centre is a non-profit, incorporated organisation receiving core funding from Arts NSW. We are member-based with a membership of more than 700 individuals and organisations. The Centre offers a year-round program of workshops, seminars and events as well as the annual Byron Bay Writers Festival.
The NRWC Mentorship Program also offers an opportunity for emerging writers to work closely with a professional mentor to develop their work and improve their publishing opportunities.
As a regional writers’ centre, we are responsible for promoting Australian literature and enhancing the skills of writers and readers in the Northern Rivers of NSW and beyond. The region we cover stretches from Taree to Tweed Heads and west to Kyogle.
Four emerging writers have been selected to spend an intensive week under the mentorship of novelist Marele Day. The mentorship is one of the key programs of the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre. The judges said that the field was very strong this year and congratulated the finalists for the quality of their work. The writers will spend the 5-9 May at Byron Bay Farmstay fine tuning their work.
This year’s mentees and their manuscripts are:
Zacharey Jane - The Patchwork Man
Diana Jarman- Ollie and PompeyTwo
Polly Jude - Breathe
Susan Reynolds - The Art of Red Mud
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 9 April. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of judging via email and can access results on the NRWC website after 4pm on Thursday 10 April.
Selected mentees with receive daily tuition and support, four nights accommodation, full breakfast and lunch everyday, and a ‘kitty’ from which they can purchase their dinners. The program will run from 9am Monday 5 May, to 2pm Friday 9 May.
Succesful applicants will need to pay $200 each; the NRWC covers all other expenses.
Our annual Residential Mentorship Program offers four members the opportunity to spend five days in residence with an established writer and mentor to develop their work.
Applicants need to reside in the Northern Rivers and have a well-developed manuscript. In 2014 the Residential Mentorship will take place from 5-9 May and applications will open Monday 3 March and close 2pm on Wednesday 26 March 2014.
With: Tristan Bancks
For: Young Writers 9-13 years
When: 17 April, 10am – 1pm
Where: SCU Room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $30 NRWC Family members/ $40 others
How can you use all the odd, boring, funny stuff that happens to you and turn it into excellent stories? Author Tristan Bancks used bits from his life to inspire his short story collection My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up. Like the time his sister made him eat Vegemite off her toe and the time he had his appendix removed just to get out of school detention. Learn how to mine your own life for cool, weird, funny stories that your friends will love.
TRISTAN BANCKS tells stories for the page and screen. His background is in acting and filmmaking. His books include My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up (Random House), Mac Slater Coolhunter (Australia & US), Galactic Adventures First Kids in Space and the Nit Boy series (about a kid with the worst case of head lice in world history). Tristan's Young Adult novel, it's yr life was co-written via email between Byron Bay and L.A. with actress / author, Tempany Deckert. His eBook short story Kids Stink (June 2013) features Tom Weekly star of his April 2014 book of weird, funny, gross short stories, My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong. Tristan’s novel Two Wolves, a crime-adventure novel for middle-graders is released in March 2014. www.tristanbancks.com