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the emerging writers’ festival is back

the emerging writers’ festival is back


Writerly folk of Melbourne: brace yourself for 11 days of joyful storytelling, helpful workshops and ace discussions.

Let’s be real: writing isn’t exactly a social activity. More often than not, writers spend their days holed up on their lonesome. Which is why events like the Emerging Writers’ Festival are so ace. Solitary wordsmiths finally have a chance to gather while fellow bookish types get to listen in on some A+ discussions on all things writing-related.

Now in its 18th year, the annual festival celebrates storytellers from across the globe, and true to form, this year’s 11-day program is chockers with new writing talent. If you’re a young writer looking for guidance and practical know-how, we recommend nabbing tickets to the National Writers’ Conference (you’ll get access to a full day of online workshops and talks). Elsewhere on the program, there’s a night of joyful storytelling at Amazing Babes, a short-story workshop with author Alice Bishop, a session on how to fund your writing project, and another on navigating the industry as a freelancer (expect advice on pay and your rights as a writer). The good news? Heaps of sessions are free and/or low cost, with a mix of online and in-person events. Browse the whole program over this-a-way.

The Emerging Writers' Festival runs from June 16th – 26th, 2021.

UPDATE 10/6/21: The festival will now run online due to the ongoing challenges with COVID-19. Check out the event updates here and the full program here