Could your writers group benefit from some coastal inspiration?

Inestimable opportunity: Australian novelist Charlotte Wood will mentor the writing group members. Photo: Chris Chen.

Inestimable opportunity: Australian novelist Charlotte Wood will mentor the writing group members. Photo: Chris Chen.

Almost $40,000 is being offered for a writers' group residency for a group of up to four mid-career to established writers, to spend time collaborating in Byron Bay in September.

The funding including in-kind and cash assistance plus $10,000 direct financial support to the writers' group

The successful group will also receive mentorship from award-winning established author Charlotte Wood and further development in the individual writers' projects towards publication. The mentorship includes workshops, group discussions and consultation sessions.

"Storytelling is integral to the arts and in shaping our community," Create NSW Executive Director, Chris Keely said.

"I'm delighted that in partnership with Byron Writers Festival, a group of NSW writers will have the opportunity to workshop and develop their stories during the residency and be supported in their personal, creative and career advancement.

"We will assist each writer to continue their project after the residency through the delivery of $10,000 in financial support to the successful group, and together with Byron Writers Festival, we look forward to reading their stories in the future when they reach publication."

Byron Writers Festival Director Edwina Johnson said the festival is committed to nurturing the writing careers of emerging voices, both within and from outside the region.

"Charlotte Wood has a strong connection to our region and has participated in several previous festivals. Her affinity and talent will offer inestimable opportunity to the program participants. I can't think of a better mentor.

"Immersion in a collaborative writing program surrounded by the natural beauty of the Northern Rivers is undoubtedly a special opportunity where creative magic can happen."

Applications for the residency will be assessed by Byron Writers Festival and members of the Create NSW Literature Board. The total in-kind and cash value of the residency includes funding towards travel to Byron Bay, accommodation and per diems.

Applications for the 2020 Write North Writers' Group Residency close 5pm Monday, July 27. Full guidelines and information are available at be found here.