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.
The extraordinary adventure of one man’s journey through the land of the nomads.
When: April 30, from 6.30pm
Where: Club Lennox, 10 Stewart Street, Lennox Head NSW 2478
Cost: $35, includes a 2 course dinner buy tickets here
The relationship between man and horse on the Eurasian steppe gave rise to asuccession of rich nomadic cultures. Among them were the Mongols of the thirteenth century – a small tribe, which, under the charismatic leadership of Genghis Khan,created the largest contiguous land empire in history.
Inspired by the extraordinary life nomads still lead today, Tim Cope embarked on a journey that hadn’t been successfullycompleted since those times: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan,Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary.
From horse-riding novice to travelling three years and 10,000 kilometres on horseback, accompanied by his dog Tigon, Tim learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse thieves,and grapple with the extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians.
Along the way, he was taken in by people who taught him the traditional ways and toldhim their recent history: Stalin's push for industrialisation brought calamity to the steepand forced collectivism that in Kazakhstan alone led to the loss of several millionlivestock and the starvation of more than a million nomads. Today Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang precariously in the balance in the post-Soviet world.
Co-Presented by Lennox Arts Board
It’s that time of year again and we’re looking for submissions for our 2015 Residential Mentorship Program. If you are a member living in the NRWC catchment area, which is north to Tweed, south to Taree and west to Kyogle and have a well developed manuscript we’d love to hear from you.
The mentorship is suitable for writers of fiction and creative non-fiction. The 2015 residential mentorship will be held 11-15 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 fifteen 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, Leigh Redhead, Emma Hardman, Oren Siedler, Matt Webber and of course, Lisa Walker. The most recent success story is Claire Dunn, a 2012 mentorship participant. Two others – Russell Eldridge and Emma Ashmere – will be published this year.
Marele Day has been the mentor for the program for the past thirteen years and will be taking this role again in 2015. 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.
The mentorship provides five days in a glorious Byron Bay 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.
Application fee and hardcopy submissions must be received by 2pm, Wednesday, 25 March, 2015.
Please submit to: Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre PO Box 1846 Byron Bay 2481 or deliver to Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre, Level 1, 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay
NRWC Member Free Sessions
When: Thursday, 26 March, 6pm-7.30pm
Where: NRWC Office, Level 1, 28 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Cost: Members free Non Members $10 reserve a place or buy a ticket
Ever wanted to know how to go about starting and running a Writing Group? Local authors Sarah Armstrong and Jesse Blackadder will take us through actual examples of how they give feedback and what they've learnt about creating a constructive atmosphere in the group. In addition they’ll provide practical steps for creating and running a group, and where a group might run into trouble.