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.
Please help us improve our services by completing the annual Member Survey here.
You will also be in the running to win a 3 Day Pass to the Byron Bay Writers Festival.
Closing date for the Survey is 28 February, the prize will be drawn on 7 March 2014.
The Northern Rivers Writers' Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of Edwina Johnson as Director of the Centre and of the Byron Bay Writers' Festival.
Ms Johnson has wide experience in publishing, arts and event management, and is currently the manager of Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin in Sydney. She takes up her new role in November and is currently collaborating closely with outgoing Director Jeni Caffin in planning next year's Festival.
Ms Caffin has extensive overseas travel commitments and will shortly undertake a contract in Indonesia with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, directing a Festival of Ideas in Jakarta as part of Oz Fest 2014. She will retain a connection with the Byron Bay Writers' Festival.
Ms Johnson's previous experience includes co-director of FestivalandCo, the literary festival run by Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and as administrator and artistic operations manager for the Sydney Writers' Festival.
The Chair of the Northern Rivers Writers' Centre, Chris Hanley, yesterday welcomed the appointment of Ms Johnson. "We are excited to have attracted a Director of Edwina's calibre," he said.
"The Centre has been around for nearly 20 years now, and its showpiece, the Byron Bay Writers' Festival, has become an internationally recognised event. Many people don't realise the festival is a not-for-profit venture, almost entirely self-funded and run by a small group of highly skilled staff and dedicated local volunteers.”