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.
By Lisa Walker
Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing will be launched at the NRWC office on Friday 30 January at 6pm.
'I watch the highway go by and ponder my situation. I am on the run from my husband's divorce lawyer, my mojo is still missing in action and my demon ex-lover is lurking . . . But, all things considered, my pilgrimage is going well . . .'
Arkie used to be a trendspotter, running a successful business advising companies on 'the next big thing'. Until she lost her marriage and her mojo along with it. Her eccentric new friend Haruko suggests a pilgrimage in Japan. But funds are tight, so instead Arkie's going on a very Australian trip, to all the 'Big Things'. With Haruko as her guide, magic is everywhere. A Buddha appears next to the Big Redback, the Big Macadamia rises from the jungle like a lost temple and inside the Big Shell she can hear a tinkling voice, reminding her of the child she never had. As her improbable adventure unfolds, realisation dawns: could it be that, despite her celebrated foresight, Arkie's been missing what was right before her eyes?
A delightfully funny and inspiring novel about a very modern pilgrimage, and one woman's chance to rediscover what she's lost.
Presenter: Laurel Cohn
When: Saturday 21 February, 10am - 4pm
Where: Byron Community College, 107 Jonson St, Byron Bay
Cost: $75 NRWC Members or $95 non-members BOOK HERE
Writers often moan and groan about synopses, but there's no escape – if you intend to apply for a competitive mentorship scheme, would like a literary agent to represent you, or wish to submit your work to a commercial publisher, you can't avoid it. Even self-publishers need to know how to encapsulate their book to grab a potential reader's attention. A good synopsis can be the key to publishing success.
Many writers find tackling a 500 word synopsis more daunting than an 80,000 word manuscript. This workshop explores the role of the synopsis and offers practical tips and tools to help you understand the key ingredients and the method to put them together. Cooking up a synopsis can be a very useful exercise not only in honing a submission package but in helping the writer understand their own manuscript. We will look at synopses that have been successful for first-time Australian authors (fiction and non-fiction) and hone synopsis-writing skills through practical exercises, with the aim of coming away with a well-worked draft synopsis.
Writers of all genres preparing work for publication, with a particular focus on book-length, narrative work (fiction and non-fiction).
Participants are to bring a print out of a synopsis (up to 500 words) of their current work-in-progress to be submitted to the tutor on the day. In addition, they are to bring a copy (either print out or digital) of their synopsis to work on during the workshop.
Expected learning outcomes
1. An understanding of what a synopsis is.
2. Specific tools and strategies to write a synopsis.
3. A clear idea of what works and doesn’t work in a synopsis.
4. A well-worked draft synopsis.
When: Tuesday 20 January, 10am - 1pm
Where: Level 1 - 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay (above Witchery)
Cost: $35 Family Member or $45 non-members (only 8 places available) BOOK
Silk Painting Workshop with short story composition for 9 - 13 year olds
Weave your words, poem or story around a silk painting. This workshop is for children, ages 9-13 years old and combines two artistic endeavours.
Create your own silk painting, 30cm x 40 cm with world renowned silk artist and illustrator, Kim Michelle Toft. Hand painted silk is the medium used to illustrate Kim’s multi award winning environmental children’s books.
A small class with 8 children will receive Kim’s personal attention as they are guided to prepare a short poem or story and then create a silk painting that relates to their words.
No drawing ability required, templates with a wildlife focus are provided. It’s more about the technique, drawing on the gold gutta outline then blending the silk dyes to complete the piece.