Byron Writers Festival members are invited to bring a friend*to a free private screening of The Booksellers at the beautifully refurbished Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Friday 22 January 2021.
About the documentary
The Booksellers dives into the fascinating world of rare book dealers and collectors. Dreamers, intellectuals, eccentrics, these antiquarians play an essential role in preserving the history and future of the printed word. A loving celebration of book culture, the documentary offers a rare glimpse of many unique objects and the obsessive hunt for the next great find.
When: Friday 22 January, 2pm (95min screening) Where: The Regent Cinema, 5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah Tickets: Free for members plus a friend*, bookings essential.
Please enter your 2020 Membership Number for your free tickets.
Are you a writer, keen to see your byline in a newspaper’s comment section?
If you’re an academic, are you under pressure to communicate your expertise in the public arena?
Maybe you are a business owner, wishing to write a killer #thoughtleadership article on your blog or LinkedIn?
Or an individual, with an idea that you know will resonate far and wide?
This workshop will delve into opinion writing – what it is, what it isn’t and how to do it in a way that’s right for your intended audience. This is an opportunity to workshop your ideas and learn tips for structure, style and substance in order to maximise the impact of your opinion writing.
When: Saturday 20 March at 10am – 1pm Where: In-person at the Byron Writers Festival office, 2/58 Centennial Circuit Byron Bay Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members
Introduction to opinion writing, including a model showing how opinion writing is similar and different to other writing styles (eg: feature writing, blogging, academic writing)
Analysis of published opinion pieces
How to structure an opinion piece for maximum readability and impact
Small group discussion of participant topic ideas
Workshopping headlines, introductions and structure
Who is it for
This workshop is suitable for writers, academics, business leaders, and individuals who have an opinion they wish to communicate to a wider audience.
Participants can be new to writing or at an intermediate level. It would also be suitable for writers who are experienced in other formats and are interested in extending their skills to writing opinion pieces.
About Vivienne Pearson
Vivienne Pearson is freelance feature and content writer based in the Byron Shire. She has had opinion pieces published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian, ABC, SBS, Daily Life and Whimn.
She also works with other writers and professionals, helping them develop and finesse opinion pieces for publication. Her writing lives at viviennepearson.com
QueenMode Collective Presents: The Truth About Telling Your Story
In this 3-Part Online Workshop you will learn how and why different First Nations people continue the practices of story telling. In each session you will gain an intimate understanding of the importance of keeping wisdom, tradition and culture alive through storytelling. This is an opportunity to explore the deeper emotions behind the stories you want to tell; bringing forth an authentic awareness of how you share your story; and inviting you to bring your creativity to life through your expressed emotional connection to your words & your audience. You will learn how to apply the techniques of the Auteur Theory, creating & expressing your own unique & distinct ‘Authority’ within your writing.
When: Thursday 28 January, 4 & 11 February at 1pm – 2.30pm Where: Online via Zoom Cost: $80 members, $100 non-members
In this session we explore the sentiment behind why you have become a writer; and why you want to share the stories you do.
Format: Introduction Presentation by Anthea Balfour and Elena Wangurra; followed by each participant getting an opportunity to share their story; and explore the emotional depth & nuances within it. x1 Somatic Free Writing exercise to emotionally connect to your story.
Session 2: Mind Your Language
In this session we explore the concept of our ‘words create worlds’ – What words are you using in your writing; does it align with the story you want to tell? Do your words portray the imagery you want to convey, and the feelings you want your reader to engage in?
Format: Introduction Presentation by Anthea Balfour and Melanie Mununggurr on our Mother Tongue & The importance of Language; followed by each participant getting an opportunity to explore their own identity as a storyteller through their use of language; and x1 Writing exercise for participants to show & tell.
Session 3: Evocative Engagement
In this final session participants are invited to recreate, add to or re-write the story they are telling, applying the techniques learned & personal discoveries made.
Format: Introduction Presentation by Anthea Balfour and Kaylah Truth on the healing power of evocative writing; followed by each participant getting an opportunity to ask questions relating to their own writing style & stories. Free Writing exercise & peer feedback.
Who is it for
This series is for any new or seasoned author, who wants to enrich & substantiate their writing style and create a deeper connection through their words, with their audience; as well as for writers who want to learn and apply the techniques of the Auteur Theory, from a writers’ perspective to create & express their own unique & distinct ‘Authority’ within their writing.
About the Facilitators
Anthea Balfour is a proud Khoisan woman, Indigenous to South Africa & has called Australia home for the past 9 years. As a Somatic Psychotherapist, trained in psycholinguistics & Compassionate Inquiry; Anthea teaches transformative storytelling through self-awareness. With over a decade of experience with writing & communication in journalism, editorial, commercial and academic papers, Anthea offers her students a unique insight into both the technical & and heart-lead skills to becoming a confident and authentic writer.
Founder & Creative Director of QueenMode Collective, Elena Wangurra, is a proud Warramiri and Triestina women from North-east Arnhem Land. With 20 year experience in performing arts, Elena has spent majority of her life sharing stories on stages around the world through dance and theatre. She continues to create safe & nurturing spaces where our First Nations can share their stories.
Melanie Mununggurr is A Djapu writer from Yirrkala in East Arnhem Land. She is one of about 4600 speakers of Yolngu-Matha and a mentor for young Indigenous women in programs across the Northern Territory.She is also the first Indigenous Australian Slam Poetry Winner, as well as Published Author, soon to release her first debut collection of poetry with Penguin.
Kaylah ‘Truth” Tyson is a Meerooni woman of the Gurang nation with ties to the Ngugi people of the Quandamooka region and is the self-proclaimed ‘First Lady of BNE’. A highly acclaimed artist, seeing her support and hosting international acts including TLC, Kid Ink, Nelly, Naughty By Nature, B.O.B, Lupe Fiasco, Ciara, J.Holiday and Lady Leshurr, Kaylah is also a published author.
Finding Your New Story After Trauma with David Roland
‘We sculpt a version of us and a version of the world and how we operate in it. Suffering, then, is when our patterns no longer fit. Suffering eases or ceases when we create new patterns, when we’ve landed on the further shore with a new coherent story.’ – From The Power of Suffering by David Roland
When our life is turned upside down by the death of a child, diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, natural disaster, chronic illness, financial loss, job loss, a tragic accident, sudden disability, divorce, or any other intense loss we have the opportunity to create a new life story, a growth story that takes us beyond our suffering and into new territory. How do we find this story?
When: Saturday 20 February, 10am – 4pm Where: In-person at the Byron Writers Festival office, 2/58 Centennial Circuit Byron Bay Cost: $100 members, $120 non-members
In this workshop David will introduce the concept of posttraumatic growth to provide participants with a framework to examine what happens after a life trauma or life upheaval and how, paradoxically this can lead to new beginnings and new ways of being. This is finding your new story.
First, we’ll write about how life was before – our past story.
Then we’ll write about the current story – how it is now.
Finally, we’ll write a new story that could incorporate elements of posttraumatic growth such as, personal courage, enhanced relationships, appreciation of life, new possibilities and spiritual change
The morning session will include introductions and guidelines for the day we spend together. The model of posttraumatic growth. Touching on core beliefs and how these can be disrupted and need to be remade. We’ll write the old story.
We’ll move onto writing the current story before lunch.
The afternoon session will be focussed on finding our new story and debriefing at the end.
David will provide writing prompts for each session and facilitate the discussion about how to apply them. He will offer some sample writings from his own work.
Participants do not need to use writing as their main medium for ‘writing’ their story. They could also use mind mapping, drawing and other methods for depicting their stories that are practical with the workshop environment.
Who is it for
This is for people who are resolving a life trauma, helping others to work through a life trauma, or fiction writers who are keen to understand the psychology of posttraumatic growth and how this might apply to their work. In the latter case, they might write about a fictional character that they are developing for a story.
About David Roland
Dr David Roland brings warmth, humour and insight to his work as a writer, presenter and psychologist drawing on his lived experience as well as his professional training. For more than twenty years David worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist in the treatment and assessment of clients ranging from children to adults. David’s latest book The Power of Suffering: Growing through life crises (Simon & Shuster, 2020) draws together the real-life stories of 11 incredible people who survived their crises and grew in transformative ways.
Join singer and multi-instrumentalist Bobby Alu to explore some of the methods he uses to write music. In this song writing workshop, Bobby will guide you through tried and tested methods he relies on to engage creativity and get that pen dancing on the paper. Creativity is for everyone; any level is welcome.
When: Saturday 13 March, 10am – 1pm Where: In-person at the Byron Writers Festival office, 2/58 Centennial Circuit Byron Bay Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members
Amidst smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance, and unassuming grooves that work a gradual, smile-inducing high through even a casual listener, Bobby Alu tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence.
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