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.
Applications open 1 March and close 15 March
It’s that time of year again and we’re looking for submissions for our 2016 Residential Mentorship Program. If you are living in the NRWC catchment area, which is north to Tweed Heads, south to Taree and west to Kyogle and have a well developed manuscript we’d love to hear from you.
The mentorship provides five days in a glorious Byron shire location with accommodation and meals provided, one-on-one mentoring with Marele Day and the company of three other committed writers. It’s an experience that many have described as life-changing, a time to forge lasting friendships and discover what lies at the heart of your work.
The mentorship is suitable for writers of fiction and creative non-fiction. The 2016 residential mentorship will be held 9-13 May. This is an outstanding opportunity to participate in a writing experience that has already proved to be a launch pad for regional writers. The program is sixteen years old this year and the roll call of past participants who are now published authors includes: Jesse Blackadder, Susanna Freymark, Daniel Ducrou, Sarah Armstrong, Jessie Cole, Russell Eldridge, Emma Ashmere, Claire Dunn, Leigh Redhead, Emma Hardman, Oren Siedler, Matt Webber and Lisa Walker.
Marele Day has been the mentor for the program for the past fourteen years and will be taking this role again in 2016. Marele is the author of four crime novels – The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender; The Case of the Chinese Boxes; The Last Tango of Dolores Delgado and The Disappearances of Madalena Grimaldi as well as a collection of crime-comedy stories, Mavis Levack, PI. Other novels include the best-selling Lambs of God, which was published to international acclaim with film rights optioned by Twentieth Century Fox; Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain’s Wife; and most recently The Sea Bed.
She is a highly experienced speaker, teacher and mentor, and has won several awards, including the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Presenter: Marele Day
When: Saturday, 13 February 10am-1pm
Where: Byron Community College, 107 Jonson St, Byron Bay (Across the road from Woolworths carpark)
Cost: $45 NRWC Members or $55 non-members
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You have been working away at your brilliant manuscript and now feel it is ready to share with the world. This half-day workshop will give you strategies for writing a distinctive submission that will get your work noticed by agents, publishers, competition judges, and residencies such as Varuna and NRWC residential mentorship. Through a combination of discussion, class work and feedback we will focus on:
• developing a professional approach to submitting manuscripts
• identifying what makes your work distinctive
• cover letter
Suitable for writers of fiction or narrative non-fiction. Bring your synopsis to the workshop.
Marele Day is the award-winning author of crime novels as well as internationally acclaimed Lambs of God, Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain’s Wife, and The Sea Bed. She has served as judge for literary competitions including Vogel Award and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. A highly experienced teacher, Marele is mentor for the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre Residential Mentorship.