Byron Writers Festival Annual Residential Mentorship
Mark your calendars and polish that manuscript! The 2018 Residential Mentorship will run 14-18 May at a beautiful homestead in the Byron Hinterland.
Applications open: 15 March
Applications close: 5 April
Mentorship dates: 14-18 May
Successful applicants notified and published to website: 27 April
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. Established in 2001, the roll call of past participants who are now published authors continues to grow every year. You can see them all and read testimonials about the residential mentorship experience on our Alumni Successes page.
About the mentor
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.
In order to be considered for the 2018 Residential Mentorship, please ensure that your submission conforms to the following guidelines. All submissions MUST be in hardcopy.
A completed application form together with a $40 application fee (to help us cover our costs and continue this program). Application forms will be made available via this webpage on 15 March.
3 copies of the first 40 continuous pages of your manuscript (work must be typed, 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced and paginated). Do NOT include your name on your manuscript, only on the application form.
3 copies of your 250 word synopsis or description of this project and your intentions for the work in progress
3 copies of your 200 word statement on why you want to be part of the mentorship, outlining how the mentorship will assist you at this stage of progress. Include any particular issues you wish to address at this stage.
For those wanting to apply or in need of some extra guidance, be sure to check out our workshop Cooking up a Synopsis with Dr Laurel Cohn. This is being run on March 3 specifically for those planning on applying for the Residential Mentorship.