Sue Reynolds at home after attending a mentorship program.
Sue Reynolds at home after attending a mentorship program. John Gass

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A WRITER'S greatest struggle can be getting their work noticed.

Murwillumbah woman Sue Reynolds is one step closer to overcoming this hurdle.

She has recently taken part in the Northern Rivers Writers Centre mentorship program.

With no other writers' programs like it between Brisbane and Sydney, Sue said it was a priceless opportunity.

"I feel very, very lucky to have been selected," Ms Reynolds said.

"It's hard for emerging writers to get their work seen.

"It's a tremendous opportunity for emerging writers."

This year, the four Northern Rivers writers selected for the program worked under the guidance of Australian mystery author Marele Day.

"Emerging writers can really evolve underneath an experienced eye."

Ms Reynolds said the mentorship saw them spend five days refining their manuscripts.

Food and accommodation were provided as part of the program.

Her manuscript, The Clay Wife, is set in the 1970s and 80s.

She said it tracked the life of a Northern Rivers woman from 18 to 40, as she fought the gender roles of her era.

As part of the program, Ms Reynolds will be treated to a one-hour consultation with Allen and Unwin at this year's Byron Bay Writers' Festival. She said having a publisher read the first 40 pages of her work and take the time to discuss it with her meant a lot.

"Being published is about what's selling at the time.

"It's not enough to be a writer, or to be able to tell a good story."

This year, Ms Reynolds was joined by writers from Kyogle, Ballina and Iluka.

"I would never have crossed paths with them but for this. It was really invaluable to share feedback with the other writers."



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