In partnership with Create NSW, Byron Writers Festival has launched the Write North Writers’ Group Residency. The Residency, valued at almost $40k, will support a writers’ group of up to four members in a creative residency across seven days from 7-13 September in Byron Shire.
The successful group will receive mentorship from award-winning author Charlotte Wood and further development in the individual writers’ projects towards publication. The mentorship includes workshops, group discussions and consultation sessions. . The residency also includes travel to Byron Bay, accommodation and per diems, plus $10,000 financial support for the successful group to continue their writing development after the residency.
If you’re a mid-career or established writers’ group, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.
Applications close: 5pm, Monday 27 July
Residency dates: 7 – 14 September 2020
Who can apply?
You must be:
a writers’ group comprised of up to four individuals who are residents in NSW;
Australian citizens or permanent residents;
and over 18.
Specific eligibility requirements for this opportunity:
to be eligible for the Write North Writers’ Group Residency you need to form or be an existing writers group based in NSW. Up to four of your members can be nominated in this application.
preference will be to groups, who amongst them, have two books published through a recognised Australian trade publisher.
Important notice: COVID-19 restrictions and public health orders
As the public health conditions of COVID-19 are dynamic and subject to change at any time, Create NSW will provide the opportunity to vary the program if required to ensure this Residency does not contravene any Public Health Orders that may be in place. Please refer to NSW Government Public Health Orders.
2020 Australian Poetry Slam events are going virtual. Byron Writers Festival, together with Australian Poetry Slam and Word Travels, is proud to bring you the Byron heat, live on Zoom, straight to your living room.
Register in advance of the event to participate or cheer along!
The first 18 poets to register will have two minutes to perform their original work; no props, no costumes, no music.
Two wildcard poets will be chosen from the audience.
Judges are randomly chosen from the online audience.
The two highest scoring poets will go on to represent Byron Bay in the APS NSW Final.
In the interests of maintaining fairness, poets must perform in their local heat to be eligible. To be eligible to perform in the Byron Heat you must reside in the Northern Rivers Catchment area from Grafton in the south, west to Kyogle and North to Tweed Heads. Poets who read at the Byron heat are not eligible to read at the Murwillumbah heat.
Join author Sarah Armstrong for three terms of writing classes spread over the year. The small group will meet once a week for four-week blocks, culminating in a total of 24 face-to-face hours, when Sarah will give you practical guidance, tools and tips. Classes are coupled with pre-recorded video tutorials with writing exercises to complete in your own time.
Make 2021 the year you write your novel.
When: 12 x Wednesdays at 6pm – 8pm:
Term 1: 3, 10, 17 & 24 March 2021
Term 2: 2, 9, 16 & 23 June 2021
Term 3: 1, 8, 15 & 22 September 2021
Where: Hybrid format: In-person at the Byron Writers Festival office with remote attendance option available Cost: $950 (member) / $1050 (non-member)
First term will explore how to come up with ideas, planning, how to build a first draft, and some fundamentals of fiction: character, plot, point of view, scene and summary. Sarah will also talk about how to tackle procrastination and writer’s block.
Second term will drill down into narrative tension, character development, how character drives plot, secondary characters and structure. This is the term were you’ll get individual, written feedback from Sarah on 3000 words of your first draft.
Third term is all about how to tackle rewriting and editing: beginnings and endings, structure and themes, and a discussion about where to go from here. Course participants will be invited to a closed Facebook group where Sarah will post writing tips and answer questions, and where you can connect with each other between terms. Come to this course with a story in progress or an idea.
Sarah Armstrong has written three adult novels, including Salt Rain which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. She’s just completed her first novel for kids and is working on a fourth adult novel. Sarah is an experienced writing teacher, mentor and manuscript assessor. She teaches creative writing at university, in schools, for writers festivals and on retreats. In a previous life she was a journalist at the ABC where she won a Walkley Award. She’s passionate about giving writers the practical tools to find and tell stories.
‘I couldn’t recommend this workshop highly enough. Sarah is one of the best teachers (of anything) I know. Her capacity to give very specific, targeted, positive and encouraging feedback makes it possible for all who attend her workshops to understand what strengths they have and how they can improve, without ever feeling despondent about their capacity to do this hard thing we call writing. She has an experienced writerly eye, combined with genuine care for her students. I mean, what more could you ask for?’ – 2020 Year of the Novel participant