The Nancy Fairfax Artist-In-Residence Opportunity.
Byron Writers Festival is excited to announce the Nancy Fairfax Artist-in-Residence opportunity. Two of our writer members will be selected to enjoy seven days of distraction-free writing in the peaceful and picturesque artist studio at Tweed Regional Gallery.
1. New and Emerging Writers, Dates: 26 Oct – 1 Nov 2016, Applications: Closed
2. Established Writers
Dates: 1 – 8 February 2017 Applications: Close 15 December
The second opportunity will be offered to one established writer from our membership. This position will be chosen by randomly. There will be no support from Alison Manning for established writers, though writers may arrange this privately if they wish. The winner will be notified by 19 December.
Application process for the Nancy Fairfax Artist-in-Residence
All applicants must be a member of the Byron Writers Festival.
Members can only apply for ONE of the two residency opportunities. Applicants apply for either the New and Emerging Writer residency or the Established Writer opportunity in February 2017.
Byron Writers Festival Annual Residential Mentorship
Residential Mentorship applications are closed for 2016. Applications for next year’s Residential Mentorship (run in May) will open in March 2017. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter for application updates.
About the program
The mentorship provides five days in a glorious Byron shire location with accommodation and meals provided, one-on-one mentoring with Marele Day and the company of three other committed writers. It’s an experience that many have described as life-changing, a time to forge lasting friendships and discover what lies at the heart of your work.
Who is it for
The mentorship is suitable for writers of fiction and creative non-fiction. This is an outstanding opportunity to participate in a writing experience that has already proved to be a launch pad for regional writers. The program has been running for sixteen years and the roll call of past participants who are now published authors includes: Jesse Blackadder, Susanna Freymark, Daniel Ducrou, Sarah Armstrong, Jessie Cole, Russell Eldridge, Emma Ashmere, Claire Dunn, Leigh Redhead, Emma Hardman, Oren Siedler, Matt Webber and Lisa Walker.
Marele Day has been the mentor for the program for the past fifteen years and will be taking this role again in 2017.
Marele Day has been the mentor for the program for the past fifteen years and will be taking this role again in 2017. Marele is the author of four crime novels – The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender; The Case of the Chinese Boxes; The Last Tango of Dolores Delgado and The DisappearancesofMadalena Grimaldi as well as a collection of crime-comedy stories, Mavis Levack, PI. Other novels include the best-selling Lambs of God, which was published to international acclaim with film rights optioned by Twentieth Century Fox; Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain’s Wife; and most recently The Sea Bed. She is a highly experienced speaker, teacher and mentor, and has won several awards, including the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.