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.
The extraordinary adventure of one man’s journey through the land of the nomads.
When: April 30, from 6.30pm
Where: Club Lennox, 10 Stewart Street, Lennox Head NSW 2478
Cost: $35, includes a 2 course dinner buy tickets here
The relationship between man and horse on the Eurasian steppe gave rise to asuccession of rich nomadic cultures. Among them were the Mongols of the thirteenth century – a small tribe, which, under the charismatic leadership of Genghis Khan,created the largest contiguous land empire in history.
Inspired by the extraordinary life nomads still lead today, Tim Cope embarked on a journey that hadn’t been successfullycompleted since those times: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan,Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary.
From horse-riding novice to travelling three years and 10,000 kilometres on horseback, accompanied by his dog Tigon, Tim learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse thieves,and grapple with the extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians.
Along the way, he was taken in by people who taught him the traditional ways and toldhim their recent history: Stalin's push for industrialisation brought calamity to the steepand forced collectivism that in Kazakhstan alone led to the loss of several millionlivestock and the starvation of more than a million nomads. Today Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang precariously in the balance in the post-Soviet world.
Co-Presented by Lennox Arts Board
Seminar Presenter: Kathryn Heyman
When: Saturday 18 April, 10am - 1pm School Holidays
Where: Byron Community Theatre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Cost: $50 NRWC Members or $60 non-members BUY TICKETS HERE
The making of fiction requires the mysterious vision of art and the practical carpentry of craft. In this seminar for emerging fiction writers, acclaimed novelist Kathryn Heyman will lead you through the crucial elements for creating great fiction. You'll leave this seminar knowing the right questions to ask of your novel, and with some tools to help you get through the moments of doubt and uncertainty. Exploring the need for chaos in the writing process, as well as giving tools for creating structure and order, this seminar will send you back to your writing with a new vigour.
Kathryn Heyman is the award-winning author of five novels. She has taught fiction for the University of Oxford and now directs the fiction program for Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin.
"The structure of the Curious Incident owes a great deal to Kathryn Heyman, with whom I was teaching a course some years ago. She was talking to the students about structure.. as she spoke, the heavens opened, angels sang..."
Mark Haddon, author of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.
“Kathryn is an inspirational and charismatic teacher. With her trademark energy and humour, she encouraged me to ask the hard questions.”
Jane Rusbridge, author of The Devils Music, Longlisted for Impac Award
Don’t miss out - Kathryn’s ASA Sydney masterclasses sold out at this year's SWF..