Welcome to the New England Writers' Centre!
We have an exciting year lined up with a ton of writing and illustration workshops, competitions & festivals.
Explore all of the workshop opportunities available to you on our Program page.
Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions, or go to the membership link to sign up and enjoy discounts for all our events.
See you there!
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The Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing - Winners!
Yes! The results are in and we have announcements to make. Visit the 2021 Thunderbolt page to see the final winners and commended authors.
The winning submissions for each of the prize categories have been published, together with our judge's reports.
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, judges and of course, all of you who entered your work. We hope to see you again next year.
The 2021 Illustration Prize Winners Announced
The Illustration Prize for children's picture book publishing is a nationally recognised prize that attracts entries from all over Australia and garners a great deal of attention from publishers.
2021 marks the fifth year of this prize and the theme "Message in a Bottle", has brought forward some truly wonderful responses from artists and illustrators at all stages in their careers.
We're very excited to announce the Winners and Commended entries of this year's prestigious Illustration Prize! Click here to see more.
Three talks. Nine writers. So many books!
BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED
Thanks so much for joining us!
(Reading lists will be available soon)
In collaboration with Australia Reads, the NEWC is proud to bring you What Writers Read, a series of three Sunday afternoon online events, for free.
Find out more, grab a seat, and get ready to join our wonderful panel of Australia Reads Ambassadors as they discuss the books that they're currently reading and the works that have inspired them them most.
What do writers read? Click here to find out more.
NEWC delivers a hugely successful Rural Crime Writing Festival
On Saturday, 12 June six of Australia's Most Wanted Crime Writers joined us for a one-day online Festival of Crime Writing.
It was a fabulous day, chock-full of information for crime writing enthusiasts.
Click here to find out more.
Our 2021 Program is nearly complete. Bookings for our remaining workshops are open. Visit the Program page to see what we have in store.
Following on from the super successful Inside Story workshop held in Armidale on March 2021, the next stage of the project will be the United Publishers of Armidale's production: Inside Story: the wonderful world of writing, illustrating and publishing children's books. We'll be updating on the book's progress as we go, so bookmark the page: Inside Story book.
What incredible artwork we have seen in response to the 2021 Illustration Prize theme, "A Message In A Bottle". The range and quality of submissions have been outstanding - no easy job for our judges. See the winning and commended entries and meet our Judges.
Entries for the 2021 Varuna-NEWC Fellowship have closed and are currently being judged. Stay tuned for results. Click here to find out more. Varuna-NEWC Fellowship
The 2021 Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing is closed and submissions are with the judges. Results will be announced in early November.
Crime writers & readers, if you're looking for a tribe we have just the place for you. Visit Sisters in Crime (brothers are welcome!), for a host of amazing resources and competitions, including the Scarlet Stiletto and The Davitt Awards.
We've also got a page of resources, compiled by our indefatigable Chairwoman, Sophie Masson.
Check out our Facebook group Author Alley. This is a place for all authors (whether self-published or traditionally published), small publishers and independent booksellers to sell your books.
See our YouTube channel for our latest videos including the "By the Book" video playlist of tips and advice from local writers, and the Stories Connect series.
And don't forget to become a member or renew your membership to receive discounts on all workshop bookings!