Byron Writers Festival is passionate about the importance of stories, ideas and debate in shaping culture. Alongside the member services detailed below, becoming a member of Byron Writers Festival offers a chance to be part of our growing community of writers, readers and storytellers and to support the creative arts in regional Australia.
Services, Opportunities and Resources for All Members
Members of Byron Writers Festival receive discounted tickets to the annual Festival, year-round events and workshops. We also run free events for members during the year.
Priority booking for Festival tickets
Be the first to see our full Festival Program and enjoy priority booking for Festival tickets.
Member magazine, northerly
Our quarterly member magazine is posted or emailed to you (depending on your membership) and features stories, literature news and reviews, industry tips, upcoming workshops and events, and details about writing competitions, awards and scholarships.
The Festival has an extensive library of more than 1000 books by predominantly Australian authors at our Byron Bay office. Members can borrow up to four books at a time (excluding reference materials) for a four-week period.
Be the first to get Festival updates and offers.
Facebook Members’ Lounge
Access to our closed Facebook group for Byron Writers Festival members to connect, share and inspire. Members can post their own notices about anything books or arts related that might be of interest such as local book launches, events, opportunities or meet-ups.
Our mentorship programs are available for members seeking assistance and feedback from an experienced professional in the development of their written work.
An annual program that offers four members the opportunity to spend five days in residence with an established writer to develop your work. Applicants need to reside in the Northern Rivers and have a well-developed manuscript. The residency takes place in the Byron Shire in spring, with applications opening in the second half of the year. For more details head to byronwritersfestival.com/members/residential-mentorship/
Firsthand Feedback sessions
Each year, Members are invited to apply for one of four firsthand feedback sessions. Applications open in the second half of the year.
Workshops and Seminars
Byron Writers Festival offers a year-round program of workshops, seminars and author visits. Workshops are designed for writers of various levels and experience, and provide opportunities for skills development. Seminars are large group presentations or panel discussions designed to give an insight into writing and publishing industry practices or topics of interest. For details visit byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on/
Writers’ Groups Directory
While Byron Writers Festival does not have its own writers’ group, it keeps a directory of groups throughout the region. If you are interested in joining a writers’ group, please check our online directory at byronwritersfestival.com/members/writers-groups/, otherwise give us a call and we can advise on a group near you.
We actively seek out opportunities for pathways to publication for our members, as well as run regular competitions. General opportunities and competitions are listed in our publication northerly and on our website at byronwritersfestival.com/members/comps-and-opps/