The centrepiece of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, the National Writers’ Conference is the place to be for emerging writers hungry to hear from leaders in the field, develop their skills, and meet other excited word-nerds. Two days at Town Hall is a great way to spend a weekend, and this year’s timetable is packed.
Get up close and personal with our festival ambassadors and special guests. Ask them the big questions, the little questions, the good questions. Now’s your chance!
Saturday 11am – William McInnes
Saturday 12pm – Anna Poletti
Saturday 2pm – Kylie Ladd
Saturday 3pm – Sulari Gentill
Sunday 12pm – Oslo Davis
Sunday 2pm – Ni Made Purnama Sari, Aan Mansyur in Conversation with Deryn Mansell
Sunday 3pm – Working in the Arts: In Conversation with Joe Toohey and Justine Hyde
Park yourself in the spectacular Swanston Hall and hear the emerging and emerged tackle contemporary writing issues.
Is the freelance lifestyle all mid-morning coffee dates and endless free time, or is the reality more 2 Minute Noodles and chasing invoices? Four writers with a knack for freelance talk about what it looks like to work unconventionally, and how to make it work for you. Featuring Sam Cooney, Gillian Terzis, Ellena Savage and Connor Tomas O’Brien.
Why do we like what we like, and should we even care? Why do we dissect things, and what value is there in examining the merits of the latest band, book, or show? Hear some of the newest and best voices in criticism chat about how they approach reviewing work, be it a book, film, stage show or everyone’s favourite: music. Featuring Chad Parkhill, Jane Howard, James Tierney and Rebecca Harkins-Cross.
Cut, paste, print, draw, photocopy, staple: zines are an enduring art form in the age of
the digital. What makes the zinesters tick? What makes a good zine, and what do you
need to start? Hear from some creators with a range of different projects on where they
got their start and just what it is about the call of the stapler that keeps them coming back.
Featuring Cameron Baker, Anna Poletti, Oslo Davis, and Alexandra Duguid.
Emerging is not a synonym for ‘young’, but these writers definitely fall into both
categories. What they lack in age they make up for with talent, already having published
debut novels. What’s the trick to moving so fast? Pick the brains of Oliver Mol, Eli Glasman and Eliza Henry-Jones.
While many of us have been saying we ‘want to be writers when we grow up’ our
entire lives, others have had some less than conventional journeys to the written word.
From boxing to ghostwriting, come along and hear the stories of these writers whose
work and lives have taken some colourful turns. With Trent Kusters, Mischa Merz, and Adeline Teoh. Hosted by Geoff Orton.
Having a conversation with a stranger can be daunting at the best of times, let alone if
you’re grilling them about their work. What’s the best way to talk to someone about their
work, and how hard should you push? Get some tips from experts Emily Laidlaw,
Madeleine Dore, Neha Kale and Veronica Sullivan.
It’s the dream, isn’t it? To have your novel published and feel like a ‘real writer’. While the ways we read and write are constantly evolving, for many writers it’s still the ultimate goal. We chat to some writers about their journey to the finished piece, about living the novel dream and what the future may have in store for novelists.Featuring William McInnes, Kylie Ladd, Sulari Gentill. Hosted by Alice Robinson.
The television machine is always rumbling, and it can be easy to forget that each program has a team behind it. Who are the writers behind the TV shows we love, and how did they get there? Is writing for TV really like the 30 Rock writers’ room? These writers chat about their careers and what it’s like to see your words spoken on the little screen. Featuring Lawrence Leung, Fiona Harris, and John Richards.
YOU ARE HERE
Over the weekend EWF staff will be going around to find four audience members most keen to get up on stage and share what they write and what they’re going to go home and write after a weekend of inspiring conversation.
Join the intimate atmosphere in the Yarra Room and add your voice to the discussions about these writing forms.
While writing your first novel feels like pulling teeth, song writing’s effortless end product sometimes makes us think the process is all strumming guitars, staring out a window at
beautiful scenery. Pick the brains of these talented music makers and see if song writing is as romantic as it seems. Featuring Gena Rose Bruce, Adam Curley and Evelyn Morris.
POP CULTURE WRITING
From Broad City to Taylor Swift, these guys know what’s worth knowing in the pop culture world. But what even is pop culture – and why should we write about it? Across the web and print, these writers promote the cause of pop. Featuring Mel Campbell,Sinead Stubbins and Meg Watson.
It seems like you can’t go a day without seeing a Facebook friend post their snaps from their latest trip – everyone’s always globetrotting without you. Past the photos and past the check-ins, how do we write about travel and how should we? Featuring Lorna Hendry, Ali MC and Torre De Roche.
Some people are romance junkies, others like to be immersed in the world of sci-fi. Some of us dip our toes into a plethora of genres all at once – good writing is good writing, right? Come along to see the genre worlds collide as we chat romance, sci-fi and all things genre. Featuring Karys McEwen, Liam Jose and Elizabeth Beaton.
What protocols should we follow when writing the other? How can we educate ourselves on language that is inclusive and how do we avoid language and terms that are offensive and damaging? Featuring Fotis Kapetopoulos, Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, and Jessica Yu.
Writing can be isolating even in the biggest city. How do you stay connected when you’re physically isolated too? These writers might not be from the big smoke, but they’re on fire. Join their conversation on how living rural can influence your work. Featuring Erin Handley, Joe Toohey and Honey Brown.
Reading and writing is changing, with more works online than ever before. Are bloggers really the pioneers of online publishing? What are the advantages of publishing your own work and how can you form a successful and enduring platform? Featuring Sam van Zweeden, Michelle McLaren and Meghan Brewster.
What we talk about when we talk about talking. In the solitary world of writing it’s
nice to hear a voice that’s not on the page, especially if they’re talking about your
favourite book. From the funny to the surreal, these podcasters live in your headphones and help your quiet afternoons. Bring the chat, IRL. Featuring Rebecca Shaw, Peter Taggart and Ben McKenzie.