How do you be a writer in the world? How do you find success – and what does it look like? The Emerging Writers’ Festival will answer and explore these questions over 11 days with workshops, classes and talks by more than 200 members of the literary community.

Overwhelmed with choice for what to attend? Here are some of our top picks of the festival.


Late Night Lit: Cult Friction
This event is for fans of cult and fringe media, with writers from The Lifted Brow, Fireflies and Archer paying tribute to the underground. This free event promises to be a cheeky and entertaining night celebrating the very best of Melbourne-based writing.

When: Wed June 15, 9.00pm
Where: 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Tickets: Free

2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize
Scribe Publications and Express Media have teamed up to celebrate some of the best young nonfiction writers in the country. Hosted by the talented Elizabeth Flux, influential names Ellena Savage, Yamiko Marama and Sam van Zweden will read some of their best work and discuss their literary journeys.

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When: Mon June 20, 6.00pm
Where: The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space
Tickets: Free, but bookings essential

Jealousy and the Writing World: It’s Not Easy Being Green
This candid panel discussion will dissect how jealousy and writing can become dangerously intertwined. The eight talented writers on this panel event will honestly explore the times they have been jealous of their peers and offer advice on managing and conquering it.

When: Fri 24 June, 7.00pm
Where: 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Tickets: $15–$17


Writers’ Night School: Poetry of the Eye
Among the series of night workshops is Poetry of the Eye, hosted by poet and director of the Australian Poets Festival Toby Fitch. Toby will explore poetry’s rich history before mentoring attendees to create or reshape their own poems so they explode across the page in all directions.

When: Wed June 15, 6.30pm
Where: The Wheeler Centre, Workshop Space
Tickets: $30–$35

Masterclass: A Room of One’s Own
This event is an entire day of performances, panels and workshops dedicated to celebrating and supporting women in the literary scene. Engaging with topics such as diversity in publishing, pitching and grant applications, it is certain to inspire emerging female writers women looking to take their careers further.

When: Fri June 17, 10.00am–4.30pm
Where: The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space
Tickets: $75–$90

The Tale of Many Cities: Emerging Writers’ Intensive
Presented with the City of Greater Dandenong, this intensive free workshop is perfect for emerging writers looking to begin their journey and start making connections within the literary community. A rich introductory workshop, it will provide young writers with creative skills and practical knowledge to add to their writing toolkits.

When: Sat June 18, 11.00am
Where: Dandenong Library, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong
Tickets: Free, but bookings essential


Footscray Tales Trail
This walking tour will explore the vibrant community of Footscray. With three stops to highlight different aspects of the area, this one-hour tour will give you a window into the colourful artistic community through a variety of performance and prose.

When: Wed June 15, 8.30pm
Where: Starting at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray
Tickets: Free, but bookings essential

National Writers’ Conference
This two-day conference is the cornerstone of the festival – bringing leading industry professionals from around the country to share valuable insights and skills with emerging writers. Passionate writers can network, hear from the industry’s best and fine-tune their writing talent.

When: Sat June 18 to Sun June 19
Where: State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre
Tickets: Weekend pass $75–$90, day pass $45–$55

Writers’ Night School: Food Writing
You might be able to describe your soup as “wet” and your wine as “grapey” – but could you write an engaging food article? This event brings together Broadsheet’s own Emily Naismith and editor of The Age Good Food Guide Roslyn Grundy to chew the fat on food writing.

Tickets include a five-course tasting menu at Supernormal.

When: Mon June 20, 6.30pm
Where: Supernormal, 180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Tickets: $55–$60

Closing Night Party: hosted by Plaything magazine
Plaything magazine invites Melbourne’s writing community to put down their pens to dance and mingle. With drink specials and disco, the party will be a good way to transition from festival mode back to regular life, equipped with new skills and new friends.

When: Fri June 24, 8.30pm
Where: 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Tickets: Free