Melbourne Writers Festival 2020 - Digital

Melbourne Writers Festival 2020 - DigitalMelbourne Writers Festival 2020 - Digital

Melbourne Writers Festival Has Taken Its 2020 Program Online - and Most Events Are "Pay What You Can".

There are 100 guests from Australia and around the world on this year's line-up, including two ex-PMs, prominent Aussie novelists Helen Garner and Claire G Coleman, and the author of Crazy Rich Asians.

Expect authors' talks, panel discussions, workshops and more.

The MWF Digital program is live.

MWF Digital

Fri 7 & Sat 8 Aug

Have we got your attention?

Join us on Friday evening for the first session of MWF Digital, Finding the Heart of the Nation, with Thomas Mayor, Megan Davis and Teela Reid.

Begin your Saturday with the Festival's opening address by acclaimed author Kate Grenville and a new commissioned piece by Sisonke Msimang - followed by a full day of programming with writers Claire G Coleman, Omar Sakr, Becky Manawatu, Lawrence Wright, and more.

To finish, hang back with Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan in conversation with the glorious Beverley Wang.

Sun 9 Aug

Stay home with MWF. Sunday brings a brand new piece written by Christos Tsiolkas, and family fun with the Real Pigeons!

Don't miss conversations with exciting voices, including: Victoria Hannan; Ronnie Scott; Jing-Jing Lee; Jessie Tu; and Robbie Arnott.

Then, settle in for the evening with Anne Enright discussing her beguiling new book, Actress.

Mon 10 - Fri 14 Aug

Rise and shine with our insightful interview series that highlights some of the country's most exciting emerging talent.

Politics lovers can hear former PMs Julia Gillard and Malcolm Turnbull talk about their new books, as US geopolitical analyst George Friedman explores America after Trump.

Don't miss the mid-week MWF Gala with writer Jess Hill; actor and screenwriter Michelle Law; writer and editor Leah Jing McIntosh; novelist Favel Parrett; poet Ellen van Neerven; and poet and scholar Alison Whittaker.

Sat 15 Aug

First up, brand new writing from Helen Garner as part of our Read All About It series.

Authors Casey McQuiston (Red, White & Royal Blue) and Megha Mujumdar (A Burning) join MWF to discuss their breakout debuts, and we'll talk about our nation's response to climate change.

Literary bestsellers Brit Bennett, Mikki Kendall and Elizabeth Strout will delight, inspire and empower audiences, making this the perfect Saturday, really.Sun

Sun 16 Aug

Jenny Odell, author of How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, will propose radical strategies for thinking beyond efficiency, attention and value to preserve our inner lives through reflection and intentional networks.

Authors Michael Christie, Marlee Silva, Chris Flynn, Laura Jean Mackay, and Lisa Fuller discuss their powerful novels.

Staff writer at the New Yorker and creator of the hit podcast, Wind of Change, Patrick Radden Keefe talks about his thrilling new work, Say Nothing.


Sit down with leading authors to get granular about your creative practice and gain from their immense experience in these online writing workshops. Following the workshops, participants will have the chance to submit their written work for feedback.

In collaboration with Writers Victoria

Limited places available. Book now to ensure you don't miss out.

Tickets on sale now. Explore the full online program.

❊ When & Where ❊

Date/s: Friday 7th August 2020 - Sunday 16th August 2020



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❊ COVID-19 Notice ❊

Many locations have gone into lockdown as the state takes action to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). This event may be affected. Please confirm details, dates, times and costs before making plans | Disclaimer

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Melbourne Writers Festival 2020 - Digital

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