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.
Presenter: Tim Cope
When: Saturday 2 May, 10am - 4pm
Where: Byron Community College, 107 Jonson St, Byron Bay. East Point Arcade (Across the road from Palace Cinema)
Cost: $90 NRWC Members or $110 non-members BUY TICKETS HERE
Work with award-winning travel writer and documentary maker Tim Cope to turn your journey into more than just a travel tale. Drawing on the challenges he faced in writing On The Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through The Land of the Nomads (winner, Grand Prize at Banff International Mountain Book Festival 2013, shortlisted in non-fiction at the ABIA awards 2014), and the making of the film series of the same title, Tim will teach you the importance of shaping your writing through theme, and weaving your personal narrative with the people and history you encounter.
What you will learn:
• Through Tim’s backstory, you will learn about what it takes to fulfil a book writing project from the embryo of the idea, to research, to the adventure, the drafting and editing process and eventual publication/broadcast.
• Why strong story is always the key to engaging with an audience, no matter what format.
• How to break out of chronology and take command of time structure, including the use of foreshadowing.
• The importance of shaping according to theme: e.g. how to use historical, personal, geographical, and political themes to provide context, and to frame.
• How to weave a series of parallel stories and themes together.
Tim Cope is an award-winning adventurer, author and film-maker with a special interest in the traditional cultures of Central Asia and Russia. Tim’s most renowned journey was a three year, 6,000-mile journey by horse from Mongolia to Hungary on the trail of Genghis Khan – a quest to understand the horseback nomads of the great Eurasian steppe. Tim is the author of Off the Rails: Moscow to Beijing on Recumbent Bikes (Penguin Books 2003), and On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Lands of the Nomads. He is also the creator of several documentary films, including the award winning series The Trail of Genghis Khan, (commissioned by ABC Australia and ZDF/Arte in Europe).