Creative writers in New England will get the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade during a year-long, intensive program of workshops that will cover writing, pitching and illustrating stories.
It will be all made possible by a $22,000 State Government grant, which was announced by the Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall on Tuesday morning.
New England Writers' Centre event organiser Beattie Alvarez said the grant would allow the 2020 program to be an absolute page turner.
"Armidale is full of exciting and captivating stories just waiting to be put out there for the world to enjoy," she said.
"This funding will allow us to host a series of workshops across the year, which encourages creativity and provides aspiring story tellers with the tools they need to put pen to paper.
"I look forward to seeing the talent this year will deliver, and who knows the next best seller might be lying here in Armidale waiting to be discovered."
Mr Marshall said everyone had a story to tell, and it was the New England Writers' Centre's goal to deliver them to the world.
"We are so lucky to have an enterprise like the writers' centre here in our own backyard," Mr Marshall said.
"This year we saw the organisation take a leading role in the promotion of the Armidale's Ezidi community through its Stories Connect initiative.
"Over 12 months the Centre worked with newly-resettled Ezidi refugee families and Armidale locals to create stories, pictures and music which encourage greater cultural understanding between the two groups."
Mr Marshall said such projects were proving to be important in developing social cohesion and creativity in Armidale.
"I'm pleased the State Government is once again supporting the great work of the Writers' Centre," he said.
Mr Marshall also announced a $3000 Country Arts grant for the Writers' Centre, supporting it to deliver a unique program presented by popular children's author Ursula Dubosarsky.
"Ursula's book Leaf Stone Beetle tells a story about how these three pieces of nature were blown away from their homes in a storm but by chance they find community with each other," he said.
"Through a workshop, public discussion and school presentations Ursula will discuss the themes of her book which link in with this year's the Writers Centre Stories Connect program."
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