Mid-career to established NSW writers are invited to apply for the 2021 Write North Writers’ Group Residency in partnership with Create NSW.
In its second year, the Residency, valued at almost $30,000, will support a writers’ group of two to four members in a creative residency across seven days from 26 October – 2 November 2021 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 up to $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 17 May
Residency dates: 26 October – 2 November
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.
Every story starts with a moment of inspiration — and a great opening sentence.
W. Somerset Maugham — also a pretty nifty short story writer — once quipped that “there are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, nobody seems to know what they are.”
But what if there were rules for writing the kind of short story you love reading, and others might too?
What if these rules were distilled from the writings and teachings of some of the world’s best writers?
And what if they’d been tested to see if they could result in publishable work that got published?
In two entertaining, engaging and enlightening two hour weekend workshops, writer, broadcaster and academic Sunil Badami will reveal his Golden Rules for Writing a Great Short Story, which he gleaned from some of the world’s best writers and tested by writing six short stories in six weeks — all of which were published in some of Australia’s most prestigious literary journals and anthologies.
You’ll not only learn these practical and applicable rules to write better short stories, but read some great examples of brilliant short story writing and get some insider tips on how to get your work published.
Dates: Saturday 11 & 18 September Time: 10am — 12pm Where: Online via Zoom Cost: $120/100 Members & Students
Detailed Session Outline:
We’ll find out what makes a great story great, by talking about our favourite stories and writers, and looking at some excellent examples of great story writing.
We’ll talk about some of the problems and challenges with writing, and with our own writing, and what we hope to achieve from the workshop.
We’ll talk about what we think might be some good rules for writing short stories, and see how they might work or align to the Golden Rules, which we’ll start working through and seeing how they might apply to some of these great short stories, and we’ll start your creative juices flowing by doing some fun writing exercises.
We’ll also talk about how to write every day, what to expect when you write, and how to keep going when you’re too busy or just don’t feel any inspiration.
By the end of the session, you should enough inspiration or enough to start on from the writing exercises to start your own short story.
We’ll work on how to make our work not only more readable but more believable, by looking at scene, character, dialogue, gesture and backstory, and we’ll do some more fun writing exercises to work on these areas.
We’ll see how our stories have aligned to — or broken — the Golden Rules (don’t worry! Rules, especially in writing, are meant to be broken — but how did you find the Rules worked or didn’t work, or informed your own writing practice and craft? What would you do differently or better?)
We’ll work on how to edit our work to make it more readable and compelling, as well as more publishable.
We’ll talk about how to get your work published — how to pitch, where to pitch, and what length works for different outlets, what to do and not to do when pitching your work, and how to ensure that it has greater potential to be published. But we’ll also talk about how to cope with rejection and how to keep going in your writing career and practice.
By the end of the session, you should now have enough knowledge and craft to have written and revised a great short story — or be on the way to finishing it — and know how to pitch your story to different outlets and journals, as well as keep on writing.
Sunil Badami is a writer, broadcaster and academic. He has a Masters in Creative and Life Writing (Distinction) from the prestigious Goldsmiths College at the University of London, where he studied under acclaimed novelist, poet and critic Blake Morrison, as well as writers including Helen Simpson, Alan Bennett, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner Aminatta Forna, Booker Prize winners Julian Barnes and Bernadine Evaristo, and Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro.
Sunil also has a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney, where he teaches creative writing, film studies, digital literacy and other subjects.
In addition to being a literary critic for over 20 years, he’s a former Chair of a NSW Premier’s Literary Awards judging panel, former selection panellist and current Academy Member of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and a manuscript assessor and mentor for the Australian Society of Authors.
Sunil’s work has been published in every major Australian media outlet, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Guardian, The New Daily, The Monthly, The Drum Online, Art + Australia, Australian Gourmet Traveller and more, including prestigious literary journals Southerly, Island, Meanjin and Westerly, and his work has been anthologised in Australia and overseas, including in Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays.
He devised and hosted his own national radio show on ABC Radio, made a number of acclaimed documentaries for Radio National, and was Double J’s resident book critic. He has hosted segments for ABC TV’s The Mix and appeared regularly on The Drum.
After losing the novel he spent 13 years writing after his computer was stolen, Sunil ended up the last Grand Champion of long-running quiz show Temptation, and is currently editing that novel for publication. Find out more at http://sunilbadami.com/
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