The Emerging Writers’ Festival is thrilled to be returning to Sydney this year to present the EWF Roadshow for the third time at the NSW Writers’ Centre. The full day festival at the Centre is filled with daring contemporary conversations around the art of writing – featuring discussions on pop culture, criticism, mentorship, digital literature and way, way more. The Emerging Writers’ Festival is more than your usual writers festival!
How to book tickets
NSW Writers’ Centre
Online at nswwc.org.au or by phone (02) 9555 9757
Member concession $50
There is plenty of free parking at the Centre. Lunch can be bought from Mexican food van Mobile Cantina.There will also be a coffee cart providing hot drinks and baked goods.
The NSW Writers’ Centre is located in the grounds of Callan Park, Balmain Road, Rozelle. For directions and public transport options, visit nswwc.org.au.
PATRICK WHITE ROOM
The 5 X 5 Rules of Writing, 10am – 11am
Five writers share the writing advice they wish they had known when they were starting out—in the form of five rules for writing, each.It’s 5 X 5 and you will come away with 25 hot tips. Featuring Tom Doig, Delia Falconer, Benjamin Law, Walter Mason, and Laura Jean McKay.
The Responsibility of Writers, 11am – 12pm
Sometimes it needs to be said aloud – writing is an incredibly powerful medium. These writers look at the ethics of writing responsibly, giving voice to the unheard, and the responsibility of storytellers. Feautring Peter Polites, Nakkiah Lui and Eleanor Limprecht. Hosted by Jane McCredie.
When Books Go Big! 12pm – 1pm
What happens when your first book goes better than you expected? This is a conversation about how to keep your head and plan for a career no matter what the outcome of your publishing story. Featuring Bruce McCabe, Jessie Cole and Ingrid Jonach and Lucy Neave. Hosted by Julia Tsalis.
Live Writers’ Group with SWEATSHOP 2pm – 3pm
Everyone recommends joining a writing group for an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress, but how does one actually work? The SWEATSHOP Western Sydney Literacy Movement will workshop their writing live and show you how it can be done. Featuring Luke Carman, Mohammed Ahmad, Fiona Wright, Lachlan Brown and Felicity Castagna.
Pop Topics 3pm – 4pm
“I have come to chew bubble-gum and talk about pop culture. And I’m all out of bubble-gum!” What is it about pop culture that inspires us? These writers are no snobs and take the power of pop as serious as can be. With Steph Harmon, A.H. Cayley, and Wilfred Brandt.
Travel Stories: Here and There 4pm – 5pm
We all love to travel and travel stories are an increasingly popular form. How do you make your overseas jaunt into a story that stands out? These writers are often out of the country, catch them speaking before they go jetsetting again for their next chapter. Claire Dunn, Walter Mason, Tom Doig. Hosted by Ellen Tyrrell.
You Are Here! 5pm – 5.30pm
Over the course of the EWF you’re going to be inspired and overwhelmed and we want to know who you are! Get up on stage and share what you write and what you’re going to go home and write after a weekend of inspiring conversation.
JUDITH WRIGHT ROOM
The Look of the Book 12pm – 1pm
Sometimes judging a book by its cover feels so, so right. What if illustrators and designers are our closest allies? Are there interesting ways to collaborate? These graphic talents will discuss why a book’s design is integral to its very being. With Evi O, Leigh Rigozzi, and Zoë Sadokierski.
Normal: A Performative Reading, 11am – 12pm
These four writers all identify as artists with disability, and together they will deliver an innovative performative reading, followed by a Q&A looking at how accessibility can be integral to the creative. Featuring Amanda Yeo, Gayle Kennedy, Georgia Cranko and Gaele Sobott. Proudly supported by Accessible Arts.
Critical Conditions 2pm – 3pm
Critics of criticism say the form has lost its power to persuade audiences. Others say we are entering a new era with the rise of digital criticism. How can creative writers interact with their critical counterparts in useful ways? And can writers themselves ever be truly self-critical? With Susan Wyndham, Delia Falconer, and James Tierney.
Regional Rules 3pm – 4pm
NSW has more writers’ centres than any other state or territory. Meanwhile, regional writers festivals are popping up everywhere. Is it time for writers to consider moving to the country or a regional city outside of Sydney? Featuring Claire Zorn, Lachlan Brown, and Samantha Dagg. Hosted by Portia Lindsay.
Enter the Mentor 4pm – 5pm
Mentorship is often an unacknowledged part of the writing ecology, but seems an increasingly essential support system as the industry gets tougher. Meet two writers currently in the NSW Writers’ Centre’s Indigenous Writers Mentorship Program. Featuring Nardi Simpson and Larissa Behrendt.
Lunch 1pm – 2pm
Over lunch, take the opportunity to have a look at recent work from Australia’s thriving small press scene in an exhibition of comic art hung throughout the Writers’ Centre. Curated and introduced by cartoonist Leigh Rigozzi.
The Control Room
Step into The Control Room where you are in control of the conversation. There is no host. There are only the guest and the audience. They bring the experience, you bring the questions.
11am – 12pm: Jemma Birrell (Sydney Writers Festival)
12pm – 1pm: Walter Mason (Author, Destination Saigon)
2pm – 3pm: Laura Jean McKay (Author, Holiday in Cambodia)
3pm – 4pm: Robert Watkins (Hachette Australia)
4pm – 5pm: Garry Trinh (Blurb)
The Digital Library
Digital Writer in Residence Connor Tomas O’Brien will be building The Digital Library over the course of the day. Park yourself in our intimate library space as Connor tackles four unique projects, from innovative works involving ebooks, videoconferencing international writers, building a Bot and more. Connor will be on hand to discuss experimental digital literature and how you can build skills in the online world too.
Drinks on the Verandah 5:30pm
Storytelling in the Garden 6pm – 6:30pm
Unwind to some illustrated readings from up-and-coming writers in our indigenous mentorship program. Held in the Writers’ Centre garden, featuring Janite Barker, Kodie Bedford, Siv Parker, Nardi Simpson, and Robyn Ridgeway, with visual accompaniment provided by some of Sydney’s best comic illustrators.