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.
2015 BBWF Meet the Agent Opportunity Thursday, 6 August 2015
SESSIONS: Each session is 30 minutes and the sessions run from 9am to 5pm on Thursday, 6 August 2015. $95/$85 NRWC members
VENUE: Arakwal Room, inside the Byron Bay Library Building, Cnr Lawson & Middleton Street, Byron Bay
CLOSING DATE: Application fee, manuscript sample and query letter submissions must be received by 2pm, Wednesday, 22 July, 2015. PLEASE BOOK HERE
Literary Agent: Margaret Gee has had a stellar 33 year career in Australian publishing as a former publisher for many high profile Australian writers, and for the past 15 years as a boutique literary agent. She reads and considers a wide variety of manuscripts with a special peference for non-fiction narratives. She also commissions books and authors about subjects which are close to her heart. Margaret’s favourite authors, in addition to the ones she represents, include the Canadian ethno-botanist and anthropologist Wade Davis, British war historian Antony Beevor, English journeyman author, Colin Thubron and U.S author Paul Theroux, and the poets Seamus Heaney and Pablo Neruda.
More details about the authors Margaret represents can be viewed on her website www.margaretgee.com
After more than a decade of ebooks and two decades of the internet, it is time to take stock of the current and emerging prospects for authors and illustrators in the “new democracy” of an online world. Helen Garner and Scott Turowwill be the keynote speakers at the Congress, which will be held on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September at the Luna Park Conference Centre in Sydney.
Helen Garner is a multi award-winning and much-admired Australian author. Her works include This House of Grief, Monkey Grip,The First Stone and many other works of fiction and non-fiction.Her 2008 novel,The Spare Room, has been translated into many languages. In 2006 she was awarded the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature.
Scott Turow is the best-selling author of eleven books, which have been translated into 40 languages and sold more than 30 million copies. Many of his books have become TV series or Hollywood blockbusters, including Presumed Innocent and Burden of Proof. He is the former President of the US Authors Guild.
Other Congress speakers and panellists include Anne Summers, John Marsden, Jackie French, Pamela Freeman and Bronwyn Bancroft who will discuss the latest ideas on authors’ and illustrators’ rights, role, and place in a time of constant change. The Congress will explore such issues as:
• What results have the new technologies brought? • Has the delivery of words and images been enhanced but at the cost of sales and pay? • Has the commercialisation of the internet cornered or liberated writers and illustrators? • Are creative opportunities boosted today or are writers and illustrators still mainly parts suppliers to someone else’s “industry”?
Through a series of panels, Q&As and special events, the Congress will offer attendees fresh information on writing practice, publishing opportunities and income generation in the online environment.
The Northern Rivers Writers' Centre is a partner organisation of the ASA. As a result, NRWC members can save between $40 and $45 off the Standard price, depending on the timing of the booking. Here is the fee structure:
EARLY BIRD PRICES (up to 17 July 2015): • Full Price: $355.50 • NRWCMembers' Price: $315.00
STANDARD PRICES (after 17 July 2015): • Full Price: $395.00 • NRWC Members' Price: $350.00
For more information,use the drop down menu to indicate your NRWC membership on the Congress bookings page:https://www.asauthors.org/event/15876/national-writers-congress
Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, is honoured to announce the launch of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF). The Prize, which is to be awarded annually, is in memory of Hachette Australia’s former CEO, Matt Richell, who died suddenly in July 2014.
Throughout his publishing career, Matt Richell was a passionate advocate for writers. Matt believed investment in and support for new writers to be vital for the future of great literature and The Richell Prize has been established to continue Matt’s work in encouraging emerging writers in Australia. It is a prize for unpublished writers who are serious about their craft and aspire to commence a professional writing career.
The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, to be donated by Hachette Australia and a year’s mentoring with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers. Hachette Australia will work with the winning writer to develop their manuscript with first option to consider the finished work for publication.
As well as promoting the Prize, The Guardian Australia will publish an extract of the first chapter of the winning work and will also offer the winner and shortlisted entrants the opportunity to attend their Guardian Australia Masterclass series.
The Prize will also be supported by Simpsons Solicitors and Razor/Joy.