First Friday Club

First Friday Club is a monthly event at the NSW Writers’ Centre, free and exclusive to Centre members. The Club takes place on the first Friday of every month (March-November) from 10am-11:30am. Each month a new guest speaker from the writing industry, be they author, editor, publisher or journalist, joins us for a group conversation about writing. This session is then followed by a delicious morning tea – with cake kindly provided by C’est Bon Patisserie, Rozelle.

Our next First Friday Club falls on Friday 1 September and features Wenona Byrne, Director of Literature at Australia Council for the Arts. With the next round of Australia Council grants closing on 3 October 2017, this September meeting is a perfect opportunity for members to learn insider tips.

Wenona Byrne has worked in publishing for 11 years, the past 9 years as Rights Manager with Allen & Unwin. While at A&U Wenona worked closely with Australian authors, pitching titles to international publishers in North America, UK, Europe and Asia. Wenona worked on a number of industry and Australia Council initiatives including as a committee member for the Visiting International Publishers Program.

Before joining A&U Wenona worked at Australian Literary Management, a literary agency in Sydney. Wenona holds a Bachelor of Arts (Directing) from AFTRS as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney. Prior to working in publishing Wenona worked as a writer/director in film and television as well as a freelance feature writer.

Members are welcome to join us for a conversation with Wenona, which will be followed by a delicious morning tea.

Friday 1 September, 10am-11:30am
Members only | RSVP to [email protected]



Past events

Missed a recent First Friday Club? Never fear! We regularly post event recaps on our blog.

Our speakers from 2017 are listed below. For details on our guests from previous years, visit our past speakers page.


July: General Manager of Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Portia Lindsay

Portia Lindsay is an ex-bookseller and NSW Writers’ Centre Program Officer who now manages the Mudgee Readers’ Festival, runs communications for Orana Arts and collaborates on various other regional arts projects.



May: Sydney Review of Books editor, Catriona Menzies-Pike

Catriona Menzies-Pike is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books. She was arts editor at The Conversation website and managing editor of pioneering news and current affairs site New Matilda. Her book The Long Run is published in Australia by Affirm and in the US by Crown.



April: Publisher, editor and consultant, Joel Naoum

Joel currently runs Critical Mass, a consultancy for authors and publishers, and previously ran Pan Macmillan, Australia’s digital-first imprint Momentum. He is on the board of the NSW Writers’ Centre and in 2011 he completed the Unwin Fellowship researching digital publishing experimentation in the United Kingdom.



March: Book designer, art director and artist, Evi O

Evi O is a book designer, art director and artist. She has worked in publishing for a decade, creating award-winning books for chefs, brands and creatives internationally. Her design studio OetomoNew is based in Sydney, Australia.











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