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.
Exclusive pre-sale access for Festival tickets and key events
Be the first to see our full Festival Program and enjoy priority booking periods on Festival tickets and other in-demand events year-round.
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Our quarterly member magazine is posted or emailed to you (you choose) and features 36 pages of 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 use the group to 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. Request to join here.
Services, Opportunities and Resources for Writers
Our mentorship programs are available for members seeking assistance and feedback from an experienced professional in the development of their written work.
The Residential Mentorship is Byron Writers Festival’s flagship development program for emerging writers. The group mentorship program offers four members the opportunity to spend five days in residence with an established writer to develop your work. Applicants must reside in the Northern Rivers and have a well-developed manuscript. The residency takes place in the Byron Shire in November. MORE DETAILS
Each year, members are invited to apply for one of four Mentoring Scholarships. Recipients receive a free Firsthand Feedback session with a professional author/mentor, based on a 5000-word excerpt of their work. Feedback sessions are 2-hours including the mentor’s reading time, and provide an initial appraisal of one’s work from an industry professional.
Applications for both The Residential Mentorship and Mentoring Scholarships open in September.
We offer two paid mentorship schemes that match members with a professional mentor; ‘Firsthand Feedback’ and ‘Block Mentorships’. MORE DETAILS
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. MORE DETAILS
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, 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.