What are Writing Festivals For

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Today is the final day of the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2015.

After two major Australian writers festivals and a few thousand dollars later, all I’m left with a pile of books I might never get time to read and a whole heap of already fading memories.

As I sit at my desk in the last of my clean clothes and look down at my half-unpacked bag spewing with notes, dirty washing, receipts and signed books, I can’t help wondering what writing festivals are actually for.

Was it all worth it?

Would I be the person (writer) I am today if I didn’t go?  Can writers actually afford to go to festivals? Or are they for fans and readers?  The crowd at the Sydney Writers Festival was mostly middle aged women and very old men. Continue reading

11 Tips for First Timers at The National Writers Conference

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The National Writers Conference is on again and I’ll be returning for my sophomore year as a Festival Blogging Partner.  Last year I received a crash course in how to attend a writers conference.  Much of what took place over those two days in Melbourne happened fast and took me by surprise.

This year I’m going to be prepared.

2014 I went online to buy tickets to the weekend events only to realise I had brought tickets to something called The National Writers Conference instead.  I quickly checked the program again.  I was fairly certain I’d brought the right tickets, but part of me had no idea what was going on.  I was excited and a little over whelmed.  Had I chosen the right events?  What was I going to miss out on?

I started to FOLLOW The Emerging Writers Fest on Facebook and Twitter.  The social media feed moved quickly and I felt like I was already behind.  Everyone was chatting among themselves and laughing at each others jokes, #ewf14 #amwriting #hashtag #paythewriters #amazingbabes.

In the weeks before the festival opened, I had articles, reviews, event details, and program outlines all opened in multiple tabs in Google Chrome.  Each night I carefully saved them all by closing my laptop without shutting my browser down.  I was convinced I had to read them all before I flew to Melbourne.

I became panicked. ‘I haven’t written a book, I’m not even an emerging writer yet.  I need to head to the Unemerging Writers Festival.’  Needless to say there was a little bit of insecurity creeping in.

Below are a few tips for first timers to the Conference so nobody makes the same mistakes I did.  Hopefully you’ll ease into your first National Writers Conference far better than I did.

11 tips for first timers at this years festival

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Blogging with Karen Andrews

I cannot recommend the Emerging Writers Festival enough.  I know I keep going on about it but that is only because it is so excellent.  It has been more than two months since I attended the festival and it is still impacting on my work and life.  Journals that I subscribed to at the Festival are still arriving in the mail.

Karen Andrews, ManuscrappedOne of the best panels I saw at the Festival was part of the DIY Hards series on Self Publishing and I just found out that one of the panelists, Karen Andrews, is going to be running a blogging workshop next weekend at The Wheelers Centre.  Karen Andrews actually used to be the Program Manager for the Festival…so everything is starting to make sense.

The 2 day course, Blogging 2.0 Maximising Your Potential is aimed at bloggers who are interested in pushing their blog to the next level.  It is for people who have been blogging for six months or more…so don’t ask the following questions, ‘What is a blog?‘ or ‘Don’t you think blogging is a little self involved?‘  You people need not apply.

The course will be held at the Wheelers Centre on the 8th and  9th of August 2014.  Wow – That is next weekend!!

Karen Andrews has been blogging for over 8 years and has a pretty loyal and engaged following on Social Media (myself included in that group)  It was through her Instagram feed that I realised she lives right near my dad in Eltham!  Ha – Small world!  This course will cover navigating Social Media, monetizing your blog, creating an easier work flow and how to pitch to publications.  Actually, it will cover heaps of stuff – Read here.

how to write a blog, blogger, how to start a blogTo make a booking directly through Writers Victoria click on the orange button. To read more about the Blogging Course  click here.  If the panel I saw at the Emerging Writers Festival is anything to go by, then this Course is going to be incredibly helpful to anyone interested in Blogging as a career.

More on The Wheelers Centre

For those of you who don’t know about the Wheelers Centre, you can read more about it here.  It is a huge building in the middle of Melbourne that is devoted to Books, Writing and Ideas.  The centre hosts literary events, the Emerging Writers Festival, short courses, long workshops and education programs. The Wheeler Centre is a government initiative that positions Melbourne as one of seven international UNESCO cities of Literature.

Dedicated to the discussion and practice of writing and ideas through a year-round programme of talks and lectures, readings and debates, the Wheeler Centre also brings together literary organisations including Writers Victoria,Melbourne Writers FestivalEmerging Writers FestivalExpress MediaSpunc and Australian Poetry.

If you are an Australian Writer, particularly if you are based in Victoria then I strongly suggest you subscribe to the Wheelers Centre  today.  You are probably a lot smarter than me, and have already joined.  Love your work.

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Going to the Party Alone

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Attending a Writing Festival on your own. 

I was thinking too much.  My phone was dead and my book was in my checked luggage.  The blind was up on the porthole window to my left and all I could see was the steady blip from the red light on the wing.  The boarder between New South Wales and Victoria disappeared unmarked below me as I crossed seamlessly into the darkness of Victorian airspace.

I had held a small seed of doubt at the airport, before I boarded the plane.  In pressure of the high altitude; the darkness, the quiet, the humid warmth of my hands pressed together, and the seed had germinated.  It had sprouted a little root that was now tickling my stomach.

I was nervous about going to a Writing Festival on my own.  I  was sure that everyone else would already be friends.  I told myself that I had chosen the wrong sessions to go to, and that all the real writers would be attending different ones.  I felt certain that I had no clue what I was doing.  I knew if I attracted too much attention to myself, I will be uncovered as a fraud and get kicked out.

The pilot of our tiny Saab 340 prepared us for landing at Tullamarine Airport and my stomach flew up into my throat.  The plane shuddered at the drumming of turbulence.  The red light on the wing shook about.  I calmed myself with the thought that at least if I died in a plane crash, I would have an excuse not to go to the Festival.

I knew this kind of thinking was not productive.  I gave myself a stern talking to and set a solid task of introducing myself to three new  people at the Writer Festival and to volunteer two questions during discussion.

I like quantifiable goals.

Two days later, as I walk home from the National Writers Conference, I am astounded at how many people I met.   Today I chatted with people on the stairs heading up to the Yarra Room and I spoke with the strangers I was sitting next to, I tweeted with others online, connected with new friends on Facebook and started following new people on Instagram.  I don’t recognise myself.  I never do this kind of thing!

How had I suddenly become so brave?

As I talk to other people who are attending the festival on their own, I get a similar impression; everyone is so impressed with how many people they have met.  How has this happened?

A lot of the credit must go to the Emerging Writers Festival Organisers’ and their gentle insistence that we all talk to each other.  Sam Twyford Moores’ constant stressing of the importance of meeting each other shows just how many times we need to hear an instruction before we act.

A woman walking towards me on Smith Street holds my gaze and smiles as we pass on the street.  She looked at me as though we were on the same team.  How much of my anonymity and single-status is contributing to my bravery/approachability?  Does being alone make you appear more approachable?

Being at the Emerging Writers Festival on my own, I have placed myself in a position where the only way to move forward is to step out of my comfort zone and speak, with my own voice, to strangers.  I have noticed that people who have come on their own are more likely to come and say hello to me too.

liz Mcshane, emerging writers festival, Liz McShane @Liz_McShane and I walk to The Thousand Pound Bend discussing going to a writing festival unattached.  Those of her friends that would be interested in a Writing Festival like this, she says, work full time.  ‘That’s the good thing about being retrenched, you have a lot of time.’

Liz spoke of her friends taking too long to book tickets for events and workshops that she really wanted to go to.  She was not interested in waiting for their commitment before booking a ticket.  If this is really what she is going to do, she tells me, then I can’t wait any longer.

I know exactly what she means.  Sometimes there are events that I feel compelled to lock in and friends don’t always share my urgency.  ‘If I waited till everyone was ready to book, I might have missed out.’

Liz tells me she is glad she went on her own and would do it again.

lou heinrich, emerging writers festival, ewf14,Another of the many people I now recognise is Lou Heinrich @shahouley, from Lip Mag.  Lou flew solo from Adelaide and while she has friends in Melbourne, she has come to the Writers Festival stag.

I ask her if she has been to other Writers Festivals on her own and she says yes, Adelaide Writers Week.  I ask her if she intentionally went there on her own and she says it was ‘Not for any other reason than I hadn’t yet established a writing group there’.  Coming to the festival alone has been ‘terrifying’ she says, but has certainly offered ‘…more opportunities for creating friendships.’

‘Being unsafe is really challenging,’ she says and we explore the idea of learning to live with that discomfort instead of waiting for it to pass.  It feels like the same message is being said again and again; don’t wait for the fear to pass, don’t wait for permission, don’t wait for your friends, don’t wait till you’re ready, don’t wait till you feel like you belong – Just get in there on your own, even if it is scary.

‘Have you met many people at the festival?’ – Meg

‘Yes!  I met Benjamin Law, who is my idol.  I exploded fangirl all over him!’ – Lou

As I finally arrive where I am staying for three more nights, I ask myself if I am glad I came to the Festival on my own?  Yes!  I would not have been this brave if I were protected by my friends.

As I prepare to leave the The Emerging Writers Festival 2014, I worry that I have may have met too many people.  The Festival continues for a few more days and I reluctantly relinquish my  cloak of anonymity; spelling my name to new friends and telling strangers about my blog.  I realise that I may have found another potential reader and think fondly of a time when I could post obscure nonsense.  

I am already nostalgic for that time before I flew to Melbourne, when no one knew my name and I could write drunkenly on my blog because I knew no one was reading it.  

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The 5 x 5 Rules of Writing

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For those of you who could not get to the National Writers Conference this weekend, or were not there at 10am, here are five of the five by five rules.

The 5 x 5 Rules of Writing –

‘Our five Festival Ambassadors share the writing advice they wish they had known when they were starting out – in the form of five rules for writing – an inspiring guide for the next time you sit down to write. It’s 5 x 5  with Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hannah Kent, Krissy Kneen, Benjamin Law and Felix Nobis. Hosted by Sam Twyford-Moore.’ Emerging Writers Festival 2014.

My Top Five

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Throw your hat in the ring.‘ Maxine spoke of what can happen when you throw yourself into an award application, grant application or writing project.  ‘You never know what might happen?‘  She encouraged us all to take chances as she spoke of applying for the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript on the very day that entries closed.  ‘See what happens and take chances.‘  She won!

Felix Nobis

Be your own manager – you have a responsibility to be a good manager to yourself.’  Felix reminded us all that no one is going to just give you the information you need.  He pressed the importance of our responsibility to know about the grants, funding and awards that are available to us. ‘Find out who has got the money and how you can get it.’  He spoke of the importance of being informed on a national, state and local level.  In being your own good manager, make sure that the writing part of you ‘Responds directly to the application criteria.  So many applications don’t even meet the application criteria.’

Krissy Kneen

‘Every novel will hit a rough patch… At 20 000 words your novel will start to smell like it’s crawled up your own arse and then come back out again…You’ll want to vomit when you think of it.‘  Krissy humorously spoke of the doubt writers have and how you might start to search for a better / different idea.  ‘I can tell you, those ideas will hit a rough patch also.’  She reminded us that every writer will find themselves struggling with a manuscript at some point, but to push through this.  Krissy spoke of a book being written in the rewriting; saying that is was much easier to work with a (really really really) terrible first draft, than an empty page.

Benjamin Law

‘Get an accountant.’ Benjamin’s very practical advice for Emerging Writers touched on a subject that is not often discussed during writing festivals – Tax.  Benjamin raised our awareness of a Specialist Art Accountant, reminding us to ‘…understand your rights.’  Also discussed during this rule was superannuation and the importance of setting aside a portion of your income for tax and superannuation accounts.  Investigate what you can claim on tax and then actually do it!

Hannah Kent

Don’t wait until you feel ready.’   Start now!  During her five writing ‘rules’ Hannah shared with us some advice on how best to relate to your own doubts.  Hannah told us all to begin as soon as possible, don’t wait for the confidence to start, as it may never happen.   ‘…doubts about writing aren’t going to go away.’   It was wonderful to hear such an informed and honest account about becoming accustomed to feeling the difficulty of writing and about coming to expect it.  ‘Be brave and do it anyway.’

Such a great part of the National Writers Conference.  It is already the afternoon on Saturday and I can still hear people talking about what the 5 x 5 from the Festival Ambassadors.  If you did make it to the National Writers Conference this morning, which were your favourites?



Packing for the Festival

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emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,1. Foam Roller

This foam roller is particularly good for traveling since my partner cut the dam thing in half with a bread knife.  Note the damaged, un-even end.  It is now the perfect size to twist into my carry-on luggage.

I am about to sound like the ‘nerds guide to travel’ but with so much time sitting during the festival, I am concerned I will end up looking (and feeling) like a hunch back.  I am certain that Quasimodo was an Emerging Writer without a foam roller before he headed up into that bell tower.

This is a very light weight (and small) foam roller that will be perfect for stretching out after being tucked up in a little lecture chair.

If you don’t have a roller or stretching routine, make sure you are least wiggle around in your seat every now and again.


emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,2. Various Sized Diaries & Notebooks

I find laptops too loud and cumbersome while I am sitting in on panel events.  Call me old fashioned but I love the sound of the perfect pen (See 11) with a sharp little point and thin flowing ink, making those hushed little scratches in my notebooks.

Included in my pile is a travel size 2014 Diary, a plain black moleskin journal – lined, an Alice in Wonderland sketch book – un lined, and a perforated moleskin sketch pad.  I think there are also a few envelopes in that pile.


emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,3.Takeaway Keep Cup

So many coffees… So little wastage.

Writers Festivals are all about the coffee right?  Oh and the books of course.  This Keep Cup is from my favourite cafe in town and will be the perfect reminder of home while I’m away.  Thanks Pheobe.

I think these cups may have gone out of fashion in the last 6 months, but I have hung on dearly.  They are only really environmentally friendly if you keep using them and don’t let them end up in the rubbish because they aren’t cool any more.

Maybe we can try and bring them back into fashion…


emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,4. Book Plates

Writing Festivals a known to be filled with Emerging & Established Writers flogging their wears for all to come and purchase.  After you fall in love with a a writer during a great workshop presentation, you tend to go buy their book.

No-one ever thinks they are going to buy as many books as they do.  But remember writers – They are all tax deductible (See 5).

These book plates are a cute way to keep track of your growing library helping you remember where and when you brought a book.

I am taking 20 book plates to Melbourne for 6 days – that’s 3 and a 1/3 books every day – Watch out merchandise people!


emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,5.  Bull Dog Clips

Why am I taking a huge stack of bull dog clips to the Emerging Writers Festival?  Well my question to you is, why aren’t you?

These tiny little clasps of genius are for all my receipts!

Sound crazy?  Well you are crazy if you are an emerging writer and you are not claiming books and event tickets on your tax.  You know it’s true.

I keep a couple of these bull dog clips in my hand bag and purse when I travel because I know I will loose all those little bits of paper.  If you don’t loose them, they end up scrunched in the bottom of your bag until you toss them all away.

How many reciepts have you kept from books you have brought, pens, high lighters & note books?  How many times have you printed off festival tickets to claim in June on your tax? Having a system to keep all those receipts from flinging out of your bag will mean you will probably get them back to your house in one piece.  Clip them together and send them to your tax man!

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I found this in my wallet.

After searching my office for two days and finding Indonesian money, Singaporean dollars and a map of Mexico City; I found it in my wallet!

This Myki card is really only relevant to The Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne, but I suggest you get your hands on one, even if you’re only in town for one day.  That way, you have a reason to come back next year.


emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,7. A Winter Scarf

Before heading off to any Writing Festival – Check the weather.  This morning I looked up the weather forecast for Melbourne for the next few days and saw it was going to be a little nippy.

This 3 meter long white knit scarf twists up into a tiny little ball, fitting easily into my case.  When it unrolls, I can wrap it round my neck 10 times!

Thanks Mum! x


emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,8. Fingerless Blogging Mittens

Again with the cold weather of Melbourne – See above.

These fingerless ‘blogging mittens’ are made for typing in the cold Melbourne weather.  These were a present from my sister, but I am sure there are plenty of shops that sell lots of mitten like items.

Gloves are great but it is hard to type with them on, and you certainly can’t use a smart phone or hold a pen.


emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,9. Red Lip Stick

In preparation for my travels, I Googled ‘Melbourne Hipster’ to make sure I had everything I needed to blend into the crowd.  Red lips are in!

You may not need to pack red lipstick for your next writing festival, but I certainly recommend googling the place you are going to visit to make sure you adhere to the social customs of the city.  When in Rome.

Look out for me.  Ill be the one with red lipstick all over the edge of my Keep Cup!


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This is an important one, especially if you know your favourite authors is going to be at the festival you’re about to attend.

I happen to know that Hannah Kent will be featured at the Emerging Writers Festival 2014.  She may even be one of the festival ambassadors?

While I have already read the book, it might seem like an unnessecary weight to take on the plane but in case I do meet that fine literary author, she might just sign it for me – You never know!


emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,11. New Pens

Are you superstitious about your pens?

I have a favourite brand I always buy.  I don’t lend these pens to people.  I have two at a time, a red and a black.  For special occasions I buy myself brand new ones!  You don’t want them to run out at crucial moments.

I also would not recommend you be without a pen (Because you are a writer and you will look crazy!) in case you end up getting that signature from Hannah Kent you were after.  Oh wait, that was my plan!


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These buttons speak for themselves.

They are so that people know I care about reading and books.

While wearing these buttons at the festival I will not be confused with any other person in Melbourne who does not think books are sexy.

They will also make me easier to find.  If you see me wearing these about the festival come over and say hi!

iPhone13. iPhone (Smart Phone)

Or Black Berry for Kate  – How else are you going to tweet, Instagram and update your face book status without a smart phone?

I plan on using mine to take selfies, upload them to instagram, hash tag them #ewf14 and see how many likes I get.  But then, isnt that everyones plan really?

No really… I will need this phone for maps, public transport information and accessing all my digital tickets to the events.


Iphone charger14. iPhone Charger

Sounds obvious – You’s be surprised how many times everyone leaves this behind.

And make sure you take it home with you too after the festival.




What are you taking to the Festival?

Organising that trip to Melbourne

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For 6 Nights, I will be swapping this view…

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 …for this view.

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Three days to Go!  Now I am going to be honest with you, I don’t much care for big cities at the moment – but I very much like Emerging Writers and I am very into Festivals, So… I will make an exception.

I have been living on the Far South Coast of NSW for the last four months and have become very used to the pace of things down here (Up here I guess?).  People drive slowly and everyone talks about the surf; waiters moonlight as prawn fishermen and everyone in the whole town wants to see photos from my wedding.  Everyone is someone here.

Traveling Solo

So I am bracing myself for Melbourne – Where no one will talk to me in the supermarket and people wont recognise my car.  Actually, I am a little worried about heading to the Festival on my own.

Normally I would be with some literary enthusiast friend who will come with me to hear strange readings of absurdest poetry or drink coffee with me during breaks at the writers centre.  Nope!  Not this time!  Just me.  It will be just like that time I was left on Pier 2 @ Sydney Writers Festival because my best friend had to go to her mothers birthday party or something?  Where was the loyalty?  Just suddenly go very nervous about making friends in Melbourne.

Things that are incredibly less fun to do on your own include playing Uno (funny really considering the name) going to Writers Festivals in other cities, getting lost in other cities, dropping tiny cakes in cafes only to instinctively flick it back up onto the plate with your knee, leaving you thrilled and impressed and turning on the spot hoping someone else saw it, cause no body will believe you (or care) when you tell them later.

Must remember not to do any sort of  impressive small-cake acrobatics while I’m away – will only lead to sadness.

I fly down to Melbourne on Thursday afternoon.  Thank goodness my home town has an airport!

Things to do before I go
  1. Look for MyKi Card from last trip to Melbourne.
  2. Pack (Walked into laundry just then and realised this would be greatly facilitated by washing clothes first)
  3. Wash clothes.
  4. Pack.
  5. Check email about how I get my tickets.
  6. Book Accommodation.
  7. Investigate the coffee at the Wheelers Centre.
  8. Download last Ep of Mad Men to watch on the plane.
  9. Verbalise desire to borrow a bike for 6 nights and see if I can manifest one.
  10. Ask Friends & Family if anyone is friends with Hannah Kent?

Im pretty sure getting around will be easy enough in Melbourne.  Between the trains, trams and foot traffic potential I am not too worried about getting to where I need to go.  Have just been reading article from #ewf14  Getting around Melbourne Guide‘ and everything looks close together.  I am hoping I can get my walking feet on actually.

Ok time to get serious!



Partnership with the Emerging Writers Festival. Woot Woot!

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Manuscrapped is going to the Emerging Writers Festival 2014!

I will be spending six chilly winter nights in Melbourne next week for The Emerging Writers Festival, attending the National Writers Conference as well as a number of other events.  Wow, that is kind of soon – Better get organised.

First step – Google ‘Wheelers Centre.’

My plan is to meet Hannah Kent and get her to sign my much loved and carried around copy of Burial Rites.  I would also like to ask her if I can interview her for this blog – As I have no money she will probably say no – Alas!  I will still ask on your behalf because you just never know. #huntinghannahkent

Look out Melbourne Hipsters…!







Literary Festivals for 2014

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Its Time to Start Planning 2014!

January is coming to a close and the Holidays Are Over…  Back to work everyone.

Below is just the tiniest morsel of what the Australian Literary Community has to offer.

For a more thorough index of the festivals, including poetry, screenwriting and genre festivals – Go to this great website –  Literary Festivals.


January is the relaxing month – where you have time to plan the next eleven months of the year.  There is nothing really happening, which is great because there is a lot coming up you need to organise.



Writers Festival, Perth Writers festival, Emerging writers DiaryNational Screenwriters Conference, Mornington Peninsula, VIC.

Perth Writers Week, Perth, WA. General lit.

Write in the Great Southern, regional WA. General lit.


Writers Festivals Australia, Emerging Writers Festivals.Australian Festival of Travel Writing, Melbourne, VIC. Travel writing.

 Adelaide Writers Week, SA. Gen. lit.

Tasmanian Writers Festival, Hobart, TAS ( Tassie Writers Centre). Gen lit.

Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.

Festival of Speculative Fiction, Sydney, NSW. Spec fic.


Writers festival Australia, Emerging Writers FestivalEye of the Storm, Alice Springs, NT. Gen. fic.

Newcastle Writers Festival, NSW. Gen. lit.


Sydney Writers FestivalEmerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit

Sydney Writers Festival, NSW. Gen. lit.


Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, Emerging Writers DiaryHenry Lawson Festival, Grenfell, NSW. Bush poetry, lit, music

Noosa Long Weekend, Noosa, QLD. Gen lit stream.

Gold Coast Writers Festival, Gold Coast, QLD. Mainstream, General literature expo, Publishing, writing,  indie and self-publishing.  


Writers Festival Australia, Emerging Writers Festival.Kimberley Writers Festival, Kununurra, WA. General lit.

New Voices Festival, Eltham, VIC. Gen. lit.

Rose Scott Women Writer’s Festival



byron bay writersByron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.

Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.

Romance Writers of Australia conference, Fremantle, WA. Romance.

Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. General lit.

Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry.

WA Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry.



Indigenous literacy day, emerging Writers, Writers festivalCrimeScene, Perth, WA. Crime fiction.

Indigenous Literacy Day, national events. General lit, YA focus.

Big Sky Writers and Readers Festival, Geraldton, WA. General lit.

Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. General lit.



Emerging writers, Gold Coast Writers festival, Meghan BrewsterFestival of Australian Children’s Literature, Canberra, ACT. Children’s and YA.

National Young Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. General lit.

Queensland Writers Week, statewide, QLD. Gen lit, open source events

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali



National Young Writers FestivalFestival of Australian Children’s Literature, Canberra, ACT. Children’s and YA.

Clare Writer’s Festival, South Australia, General Lit


No Festivals – Time to have a rest and get ready for the Holiday Season – Even writers need to take time off for Christmas and New Year.



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