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: 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.