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.
When: Saturday 22 November, 10am - 4pm
Where: Byron Community College, 107 Jonson St, Byron Bay
Cost: $75 Members or $95 non-members BOOK
Unleash your Creativity and Discover the Genius Writer Within!
Are you an expert procrastinator? Does writing ever feel like a painful, plodding process? Do you easily slide into overwhelm and critical paralysis, even to the extent of not letting yourself write? Do you ever feel blocked and afraid that nothing you write will be good enough or that you might not have what it takes…
You do have what it takes. We all, without exception, have an extraordinary and unique creative ability waiting to be awakened and unleashed. Inside each of us, inside of you, is a brilliant font of creativity that can be readily and effortlessly tapped into. In this fun, energetic and transformative workshop, you’ll learn how to trick your brain into flow through a variety of powerful tools, techniques and exercises that enable you to instantly access your subconscious creative genius and switch off the inner critic.
You’ll discover how to transcend your fears, overcome blocks, and make the writing process one of joyous self-discovery. You will learn techniques to bypass the limitations of your conscious thinking to access a deeper and more powerful writing voice than you may have previously encountered. No matter how blocked you currently feel, prepare to be astonished by the original, striking and prolific writing you will produce during this workshop!
Melaina Faranda is the author of thirty-three YA and Children’s books, with more coming… Turning on that creative tap has led to ten of those books being written in less than two years. Melaina infuses her teaching with a vitality, generosity, acuity and sense of fun that consistently garners rave feedback from course participants. She conducts creative writing workshops and masterclasses throughout Australia.
When: Saturday 25 October, 10am - 4pm
Where: NRWC Office, Level 1, 28 Jonson St (above Witchery), Byron Bay
Cost: $75 Members/ $95 non-members BOOK
Barbara Sweeney is an engaging, encouraging and enthusiastic teacher. This one-day food writing workshop is designed around a series of writing tasks. Through them you will learn about different food writing styles, including memoir, recipe writing and feature stories. The course aims to get you started and includes tips in how to keep going, how to write well, and provides an overview of the in-turmoil publishing industry and where food writing and you may fit.
Barbara Sweeney likes food and words in equal measure and has made a career as both cook and writer. Barbara runs the annual food festival in Sydney, Food & Words, teaches food writing classes, and writes regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food and Good Food Guide, where she is regional editor, and Country Style. In 2012 Barbara started Talking Cookbook, a project to remind us that cooking is a domestic every-day activity common to all and not a competition.
Picture caption: Barbara 'talking' about food at Eveleigh Farmers' Market, Sydney.