Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, reads a locally produced book with Armidale author and event organiser Beattie Alvarez.
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
CREATIVE writers in the New England will learn the tricks of the trade over a year-long intensive program of workshops on writing, pitching stories and illustration, supported by a $22,000 grant from the NSW Government.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today announced funding for the New England Writers Centre, which will co-ordinate the program.
“Few regional cities could boast as vibrant a community of artists and creatives as Armidale and the 2018 Writers Centre program will help market our local talent to the world,” Mr Marshall said.
“Whether you’re a wannabe writer or accomplished author; penning murder mysteries or children’s books, these events will help develop authorial talents and build up to a unique opportunity to pitch stories to actual publishers.
“I have been told that this ‘elevator pitch’ can be the most stressful part of writing, so ‘Pitch Independent’ will no doubt prove instrumental in helping authors with an unique concept find their way to publication.
“This year’s varied and calendar of events will prove fascinating and fun to writers of all skill levels, providing practical advice from experts in the field.
“The program will run yearlong at Armidale’s Writers Centre and Tamworth, with and featured major events from March through to September.”
New England Writers Centre event organiser Beattie Alvarez said the grant would allow the 2018 Program to bring in some big names to mentor local writers.
“Thanks to the wonderful support from the government we can provide such a diverse program for the New England region,” Ms Alvarez said.
“The grant means that we are able to run a large program, bringing well-known authors, publishers, literary agents, and illustrators to the area.
“We want to give regional writers the opportunities that are not easily available outside of metropolitan areas. Our program is designed for authors at any stage in their writing.
“We are here to help them achieve their literary goals, whatever they may be.”
Further details on the program can be found at www.newc.org.au