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.
Pitch Perfect has now been the launchpad for over six successful publications, including David Roland, whose book is being launched at this year’s Festival. If you have a completed manuscript that is ready to go and a publishing idea you think will appeal to publishers, then this year’s BBWF Pitch Perfect Competition could be just the break you’re looking for! The top five submissions will be selected and those winners will be invited to pitch their book idea LIVE to a panel of publishers on Saturday, 2 August at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Each pitch will be limited to 5 minutes. A short pitching workshop to prepare successful applicants for this event will be arranged prior to the Festival.
Deadline for submissions is 2pm on Wednesday, 2 July, 2014. APPLICATION FORM
With: Melissa Lucashenko
When: 28 June, 9am – 1.30pm
Where: NRWC Office, Level 1 - 28 Jonson St (above Witchery), Byron Bay PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE
Cost: $65 members, $85 non-members
When we remember ‘great stories’ most often it is actually great characters we recall. Without those astoundingly handsome leading men and their bewitching, complicated love interests, you can have the best plot in the world, but who’s gonna be listening? Great characters grab your reader and make her care about the rest of your story.
In this workshop, award-winning novelist and essayist Melissa Lucashenko will be taking you through the essential processes of constructing character. How do you convey men, women and children of courage? Passion? Vulnerability? How can character development express more than just an individual’s plight, but extend to represent family, culture, community or very broad themes like Trust – Hope – Redemption? What is the difference between constructing fictional and non-fiction characters? What are our responsibilities to our characters?
Whether comic, tragic or romantic (or a mixture of all three) great characters leap off the page into your reader’s hearts. Bring your ideas along and be prepared to walk out knowing your own original characters more intimately than you ever imagined!
MELISSA LUCASHENKO is an award-winning novelist who lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation. Her writing explores the stories and passions of ordinary Australians with particular reference to Aboriginal people and others living around the margins of the First World. Melissa’s most recent book is Mullumbimby, a contemporary novel of romantic love and cultural warfare set in a remote NSW valley. Melissa is a founding member of Sisters Inside, a groundbreaking organization which supports criminalized women in Queensland. She is a member of the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, and is currently working on a novel of historical Queensland, as well as several screenplays.