The Nancy Fairfax Artist-In-Residence Opportunity


Byron Writers Festival is excited to announce the Nancy Fairfax Artist-in-Residence opportunity. Two of our writer members will be selected to enjoy seven days of distraction-free writing in the peaceful and picturesque artist studio at Tweed Regional Gallery.

1. New and Emerging Writers

Dates: 26 Oct – 1 Nov 2016
Applications: Now open. Closing 5pm on Wednesday, 14 September.

One emerging writer from our membership will have the opportunity to enjoy this space for a self-directed writing retreat. To support you on this week of distraction-free writing, we have arranged for the selected writer to have two phone sessions with Alison Manning from A Mind of One’s Own. Alison specialises in working with writers to foster professional excellence and maintain emotional wellbeing, while overcoming procrastination and writing blocks that might come about from fear or self-doubt. You can learn more about her services at Applications are now open for this emerging writers retreat – please see the information below for how to apply for this competitive position. The winner will be announced on the 22 September 2016.

2. Established Writers

Dates: 1 – 8 February 2017
Applications: Open in November 2016

The second opportunity will be offered to one established writer from our membership. This position will be chosen by randomly. There will be no support from Alison Manning for established writers, though writers may arrange this privately if they wish.

Application process for the Nancy Fairfax Artist-in-Residence

All applicants must be a member of the Byron Writers Festival.

The application for this opportunity requires the following pages to be emailed to and the submission is not complete until this document has been received.

Please prepare the submission as a SINGLE DOCUMENT.

A short synopsis (maximum 250 words) of the writing project you will be working on during the artist-in-residence. You do not have to have to be at any particular stage of your project to be eligible.

A brief explanation (maximum 250 words) of why you would like to be chosen for this week-long retreat and how you will make use of the time.

Three page (double spaced) continuous sample of your writing for the project you’ll be working on, or if you’ll be working on a new project, then a sample of a different piece of your writing.

New and emerging writers are defined as any writer that is working on a writing project and does not consider themselves an established writer.

Members can only apply for ONE of the two residency opportunities. Applicants apply for either the New and Emerging Writer residency or the Established Writer opportunity in February 2017.

Byron Writers Festival Annual Residential Mentorship

Residential Mentorship applications are closed for 2016. Applications for next year’s Residential Mentorship (run in May) will open in March 2017. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter for application updates.

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. The program has been running for sixteen years and the roll call of past participants who are now published authors includes: Jesse Blackadder, Susanna Freymark, Daniel Ducrou, Sarah Armstrong, Jessie Cole, Russell Eldridge, Emma Ashmere, Claire Dunn, Leigh Redhead, Emma Hardman, Oren Siedler, Matt Webber and Lisa Walker.

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