About the Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is a not-for-profit organisation whose foundations are built on supporting emerging writers. We are a place where creativity and innovation are celebrated, where new talent is nurtured and where diverse voices from across Australia are represented.

Contact Us

In writing
PO Box 21251
Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 8011

By phone
+(613) 9094 7877
+(61) 421 920 012

By email


We are located in the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing & Ideas.


We thank our generous supporters.


Emerging Writers’ Festival Staff

Festival Director / CEO
Sam Twyford-Moore

General Manager
Kate Callingham

Digital Programs Manager
Connor Tomas O’Brien

Production Manager
Kylie Maslen

Marketing and Development Coordinator
Kate McKenzie

Development Manager
Sarah Judge

Program and Production Coordinator
Chad Parkhill

Emerging Editors Coordinator
Fiona Dunne

Creative Producers
Joshua Allen
Alexandra Neill
Rachel Rawling
Veronica Sullivan
Rebecca Varcoe



Emerging Writers’ Festival Board

Mary Masters (Chair)
Chris Sibree (Secretary)

Paul Higgins (Treasurer)
Claire Butler
Matt Davies
Tim Fisher
Paul Gardner
Ben Shapiro

Program Advisory Committee

Each year the EWF works with a small group of writers and industry professionals with strong local and national networks to develop the festival program. The 2014 Program Advisory Committee is:

Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Sam Cooney
Aimee Lindorf
Ben Walter
Lachlann Carter
Elmo Keep
Astrid Lorange

Leni Shilton
Steph Brotchie
Zoe Barron