About the Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is an independent arts organisation based in Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. We exist in order to promote the interests of emerging writers – to improve their opportunities for professional development as well as their engagement with the broader public.
Each year the Emerging Writers’ Festival brings writers, editors, publishers and literary performers together with the reading public for a festival that is an essential part of Australia’s literary calendar.

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.

Festival Staff

Sam Twyford-Moore
General Manager
Kate Callingham
Digital Writers’ Festival Co-Director
Connor Tomas O’Brien
Marketing and Development Coordinator
Kate McKenzie

Festival Board

Mary Masters (Chair)
Lauren Bialkower (Deputy Chair)
Chris Sibree (Secretary)
Paul Higgins (Treasurer)
Claire Butler
Matt Davies
Tim Fisher
Paul Gardner
Ben Shapiro

Advisory Committee

Each year the EWF works with a small group of writers and industry professionals with strong local and national networks to ensure that festival programming remains relevant to the needs of emerging writers, and that appropriate writers are invited to the festival.

The 2013 Program Advisory Committee is:

Alex Adsett (QLD)
Michael Mohammed Ahmad (NSW)
Dale Campisi (TAS)
Lachlann Carter (VIC)
Jo Case (VIC)
Elmo Keep (VIC)
Astrid Lorange (NSW)
Peter Minter (NSW)
Marisa Pintado (VIC)
Laurie Steed (WA)