We have plenty coming up in 2020! Watch this space for great workshops, opportunities, competitions and more!
New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing
The 2020 Thunderbolt competition opened for entries Australia wide on May 4, with entries closing August 31, and results announced in mid-October 2020. As in previous years, there will be a number of categories as follows: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Youth Award, Emerging Author and the esteemed New England Award.
Quick Crime workshops
Two hour online workshops.
Learn how to write Quick Crime with award winning authors Sulari Gentill and Jenny Blackford.
Every participant gets one (1) free entry into the 2020 Thunderbolt Prize.
When: Fiction (with Sulari) June 13, 10-12, Poetry (with Jenny) June 20, 10-12
Cost: $50 for NEWC members, $65 for non-members.
New England Illustration Prize 2020
We invite illustrators resident in any part of Australia, and at any stage of their careers, to create a colour illustration, suitable for a children’s picture book, on the theme of ‘When it rains, it pours’.
Entries open: July 1
Entries close: September 25
How much: $10 per entry.
First Look Manuscript Assessment
An exciting opportunity for writers to have personalised feedback on work in progress from industry professionals, (covering both adult and children’s books). We will send participants’ work to the assessors and detailed and specific feedback and advice will be given in writing.
Opens: July 1
Closes: August 31
How much: $80 for members
$105 for non-members
Three two hour, online workshops with professional illustrator Fiona McDonald.
Session 1: Translating text to image and storyboarding
Session 2: It's all black and white
Session 3: What a colourful world
When: July 4, 11 and 18, from 10-12
Cost: $70 for NEWC members, $85 for non-members
Includes one (1) free entry into the 2020 Illustration Prize for each participant.
Historical Novel Writing
Three two hour online workshops with Ariella Van Luyn on how to write historical fiction.
When: July 25 , August 8 and 22 from 10-12
Cost: $70 for NEWC members, $85 for non-members
The Varuna-NEWC Fellowship
We're excited to announce that the 2020-21 Varuna/New England Writers’ Centre Fellowship is now open for the second year. This prestigious Fellowship award is open to all writers, at any stage of their career and working in any literary genre, who are currently living in the New England region.
When: Applications are open from 3 August 2020 and close on 31 October 2020.
Where: For all details of the Fellowship and more information on how to apply, click here.
The Perfect Pitch!
What is an agent? What are they looking for and how do you prepare for your perfect pitch? Learn the do's and the definite don'ts of literary pitching in this 2 1/2 hour workshop with literary agent agent, Alex Adsett. (Note: this is not a 'pitch' to Alex session but a "how to pitch" workshop.)
When: Thursday, 13 August Time: 4.00-6.30pm
Where: Online, via ZOOM.
Cost: $80 for members, $95 for non-members
The Basics of InDesign
Learn the basics of laying out a book or document in InDesign with book designer Beattie Alvarez.
This workshop will teach you how to use InDesign from setting up a document to exporting it for print.
You will need: a laptop, InDesign already installed on it (you can use the Adobe 30 day free trial), a document or manuscript (in Word or equivalent), and some images (photos, graphics etc. They need to be in jpeg, psd, AI, or tiff formats).
When: Saturday September 5, 2-4.30pm
Where: Inklings Art School, upstairs in the Mall, the secret doorway next to TenKoo restaurant
Cost: $75 for members, $90 for non-members.
Maximum of 5 people.
Leaf, Stone, Beetle workshop and talk
Leaf, Stone, Beetle is an acclaimed illustrated text which tells a complex story of displacement and new beginnings through the accessible medium of an imaginative fable which speaks both to adults and to children.
Reader’s Companion will be hosting a talk with Ursula Dubosarsky and Margrete Lamond and there will be a full day workshop at NERAM.
When: October 17, 10:30 - 3:30
Where: Reader’s Companion and NERAM
Catastrophe, Recovery, Poetry
Join poet, author, artist and naturalist John Charles Ryan for a journey into the literature of poetry, present and past, and how it can help us to address the challenges and concerns of our time.
When: Saturday, 31 October 2020 from 2pm - 4pm
Where: Online, via Aoom
Once Upon A Time: A Fairy Tale Workshop
Join author Sophie Masson, for a deep dive into the mystery and magic of Fairy Tales and how to use them in your own work to create enchanting and powerful fiction for readers of all ages.
When: Saturday 7 November, 2pm - 4pm
Where: Online, via Zoom
The Writing Hub
There will be a monthly topic, videos of international authors, and discussions, with the opportunity for members to read and discuss a short extract of their work in progress.
Our 7th annual children’s/young adult literature program, Booked In will be held in Armidale, Uralla, Walcha and Guyra, Tamworth, Glen Innes, Moree and Mungindi.
Developing Plot Through Character
Join author Edwina Shaw in this fun, full day workshop using yoga and drama techniques to really get to know your characters and develop a meaningful plot based on their innermost needs and flaws.