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 staff and committee of the Northern Rivers Writers' Centre wish you a wonderful holiday season.
May your mince pies be spicy, your bubbly cool, and the cockles of your heart warmer than a Byron summer...
Our office will be closed as of Monday 22 Dec and we will reopen on Monday 12 January 2015.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and New Year,
Edwina, Penny & Sarah
We are delighted to let you know, that literary friends and stellar authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Rayya Elias will head to Byron after their appearance at the 2015 Perth Writers Festival for an event at Byron Theatre on Wednesday 25 February 2015. Elias, who has been described as a lesbian hair-cutting refugee punk, was a smash hit at the 2014 Ubud Writers Festival leaving audiences clamouring ... In Byron she will sing for us and she and Gilbert will discuss their latest books, the writing process and of course, creativity. Gilbert’s most recent novel – The Signature of All Things – is a combination of stunning writing and fantastic story-telling. A great holiday read if you haven’t already had the chance to enjoy it. Mark your diaries or buy your tickets on-line in the new year.
When: Wednesday 25 February, 6.00pm
Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay
Cost: $35 general admission buy tickets here
‘In Conversation’ with Lee Holmes author of Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian and local foodie Belinda Jeffery.
Author Lee Holmes discovered supercharged foods after she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2006. Eager to find a drug-free solution, she became a keen food and health researcher and developed a diet regime that led to her full recovery.
Lee is a regular columnist for WellBeing magazine and a writer for Miranda Kerr's Kora Organics blog.
She is also the author of the popular website www.superchargedfood.com
When: Thursday 12 February, 5.30pm
Where: NRWC Office, Level 1, 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay
This is a free event please reserve your place here (limited to 30 places)
Light refreshments will be served.
By Lisa Walker
Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing will be launched at the NRWC office on Friday 30 January at 6pm.
'I watch the highway go by and ponder my situation. I am on the run from my husband's divorce lawyer, my mojo is still missing in action and my demon ex-lover is lurking . . . But, all things considered, my pilgrimage is going well . . .'
Arkie used to be a trendspotter, running a successful business advising companies on 'the next big thing'. Until she lost her marriage and her mojo along with it. Her eccentric new friend Haruko suggests a pilgrimage in Japan. But funds are tight, so instead Arkie's going on a very Australian trip, to all the 'Big Things'. With Haruko as her guide, magic is everywhere. A Buddha appears next to the Big Redback, the Big Macadamia rises from the jungle like a lost temple and inside the Big Shell she can hear a tinkling voice, reminding her of the child she never had. As her improbable adventure unfolds, realisation dawns: could it be that, despite her celebrated foresight, Arkie's been missing what was right before her eyes?
A delightfully funny and inspiring novel about a very modern pilgrimage, and one woman's chance to rediscover what she's lost.
Presenter: Laurel Cohn
When: Saturday 14 February, 10am - 4pm
Where: Byron Community College, 107 Jonson St, Byron Bay. East Point Arcade (Across the road from Palace Cinema)
Cost: $75 NRWC Members or $95 non-members BOOK HERE
Writers often moan and groan about synopses, but there's no escape – if you intend to apply for a competitive mentorship scheme, would like a literary agent to represent you, or wish to submit your work to a commercial publisher, you can't avoid it. Even self-publishers need to know how to encapsulate their book to grab a potential reader's attention. A good synopsis can be the key to publishing success.
Many writers find tackling a 500 word synopsis more daunting than an 80,000 word manuscript. This workshop explores the role of the synopsis and offers practical tips and tools to help you understand the key ingredients and the method to put them together. Cooking up a synopsis can be a very useful exercise not only in honing a submission package but in helping the writer understand their own manuscript. We will look at synopses that have been successful for first-time Australian authors (fiction and non-fiction) and hone synopsis-writing skills through practical exercises, with the aim of coming away with a well-worked draft synopsis.
Writers of all genres preparing work for publication, with a particular focus on book-length, narrative work (fiction and non-fiction).
Participants are to bring a print out of a synopsis (up to 500 words) of their current work-in-progress to be submitted to the tutor on the day. In addition, they are to bring a copy (either print out or digital) of their synopsis to work on during the workshop.
Expected learning outcomes
1. An understanding of what a synopsis is.
2. Specific tools and strategies to write a synopsis.
3. A clear idea of what works and doesn’t work in a synopsis.
4. A well-worked draft synopsis.