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Emerging Writers' Festival 2017



The Emerging Writers' Festival, Australia’s premier festival for new and emerging writers, features ten days of exploration, professional development and entertainment designed for storytellers of all kinds from June 14 – 23.

EWF features over 200 new and emerging writers and brings conviviality to the writers’ festival circuit with parties, performances, poetry slams, panels and networking events.

Programmed in venues across Melbourne’s CBD, Footscray and Dandenong, the festival includes the EWF Formal, celebrating 25 years since the publication of Melina Marchetta’s classic Looking for Alibrandi; Tipping Points, a play about climate change created in 24 hours; and Love Show, a performance by Quippings: Disability Unleashed, a collective of performers with bodies and minds of unending variation.

EWF is committed to providing professional development opportunities for writers through the National Writers’ Conference, industry insider events and day-long masterclasses. Budding authors can pitch directly to publishers, delve into writing YA, and explore freelancing, short stories and screenwriting.

Emerging Writers Festival


Opening Night: Our Invincible Summer
WEDNESDAY JUNE 14, 2017, 7PM

Work in Progress
WEDNESDAY 14, THURSDAY 15 AND FRIDAY 16 JUNE, 2017, 7PM

Opening Night After-Party: Hot Chicks with Big Brains
WEDNESDAY 14 JUNE, 2017, 9PM

Masterclass: YA
THURSDAY 15 JUNE, 2017, 10AM

Special Events: 10,000 Staples
THURSDAY 15 JUNE - FRIDAY 23 JUNE, 2017

Special Events: The Gazette
JUNE 15 - JUNE 23, 2017

Can Writing Be Taught?
THURSDAY 15 JUNE, 2017, 3PM

Swinburne Presents: Spirit of Punk
THURSDAY 15 JUNE, 2017, 5.30PM

Writers’ Night School: Kicking Off!
THURSDAY 15 JUNE, 2017, 6.30PM

Double Exposure (RMIT Horizons)
THURSDAY 15 JUNE, 2017, 7PM

Quippings presents LOVE SHOW
THURSDAY 15 JUNE, 2017, 7PM

Masterclass: Freelancing for Life
FRIDAY JUNE 16, 2017, 10AM

Lunchtime Lit: Stories from the Archipelago
FRIDAY 16 JUNE, 2017, 12.30PM

National Writers’ Conference

Making Your Mark
SATURDAY 17 JUNE, 2017, 10AM

5 x 5 Rules of Writing
SATURDAY 17 JUNE, 2017, 10AM

Dandenong Emerging Writers’ Intensive
SATURDAY 17 JUNE, 2017, 11AM

Dandenong Spoken Word and Poetry Workshop
SATURDAY 17 JUNE, 2017, 2PM

Dandenong Scriptwriting Workshop
SATURDAY 17 JUNE, 2017, 2PM

Nuanced Voices
SATURDAY 17 JUNE, 2017, 3PM

The Dandy Slam
SATURDAY 17 JUNE, 2017, 6.30PM

EWF Formal
SATURDAY 17 JUNE, 2017, 7PM

Emerging Programmers
SUNDAY 18 JUNE, 2017, 12PM

Movie Night: Looking For Alibrandi
SUNDAY JUNE 18, 2017, 6PM

Masterclass: Pitching in Publishing
MONDAY 19 JUNE, 2017, 10AM

10,000 Staples: Exhibition Launch
MONDAY 19 JUNE, 2017, 5.30PM

Industry Insiders: Emerging Editors
MONDAY 19 JUNE, 2017, 6PM

The Next Big Thing
MONDAY 19 JUNE, 2017, 6.15PM

Writers’ Night School: Food Writing
MONDAY 19 JUNE, 2017, 6.30PM

Amazing Babes
MONDAY 19 JUNE, 2017, 7PM

Tell Me Like You Mean It
MONDAY 19 JUNE, 2017, 7.30PM

Late Night Lit: Poetry
MONDAY 19 JUNE, 2017, 9PM

The Early Words: Decolonial Narratives and the Diaspora
TUESDAY 20 JUNE, 2017, 8.30AM

Masterclass: Short Story
TUESDAY 20 JUNE, 2017, 10AM

Industry Insiders: Digital Self-Promotion
TUESDAY 20 JUNE, 2017, 6PM

Fall Where They May
TUESDAY 20 JUNE, 2017, 6PM

Literary Dystopias
TUESDAY 20 JUNE, 2017, 6.30PM

Writers’ Night School: Podcasting
TUESDAY 20 JUNE, 2017, 6.30PM

Bogong Spoken Word
TUESDAY 20 JUNE, 2017, 7PM

Lost The Plot
TUESDAY JUNE 20, 2017, 7.30PM

Late Night Lit: GUTS
TUESDAY 20 JUNE, 2017, 9PM

The Early Words: (Un)told Stories
WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE, 2017, 8.30AM

Lunchtime Lit: Autobiographical Comics
WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE, 2017, 12.30PM

Industry Insiders: Self-Publishing
WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE, 2017, 6PM

Writers’ Night School: Speculative Fiction
WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE, 2017, 6.30PM

Songs and Stories of Home
WEDNESDAY JUNE 21, 2017, 7PM

YouTube Party
WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE, 2017, 7PM

Late Night Lit: Collisions
WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE, 2017, 9PM

The Early Words: Writing Trauma
THURSDAY 22 JUNE, 2017, 8.30AM

Masterclass: Screenwriting
THURSDAY 22 JUNE, 2017, 10.00AM

Lunchtime Lit: Women Writers in the City
THURSDAY 22 JUNE, 2017, 12.30PM

Literary Live Art: Performing Place
THURSDAY 22 JUNE, 2017, 6PM

Industry Insiders: Publishing
THURSDAY 22 JUNE, 2017, 6PM

Eyes Too Dry
THURSDAY 22 JUNE, 2017, 6.30PM

Writers’ Night School: Writing for Children
THURSDAY 22 JUNE, 2017, 6.30PM

Tipping Points
THURSDAY 22 JUNE, 2017, 7PM

Late Night Lit: What Are You Afraid Of?
THURSDAY 22 JUNE, 2017, 9PM

Lunchtime Lit: Hidden Voices in Podcasting
FRIDAY 23 JUNE, 2017, 12.30PM

Bad Writing
FRIDAY 23 JUNE, 2017, 7PM

Closing Night Party hosted by Swampland
FRIDAY 23 JUNE, 2017, 8.30PM

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