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.

The 2015 Festival runs from Tuesday 26 May – Friday June 5. 

Earlybird tickets for the 2015 Writers’ Conference are on sale here.
Golden tickets for the 2015 Festival are available here.

Contact Us

In writing
PO Box 21251
Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 8011

By phone
+(613) 9094 7839

By email


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


We thank our generous supporters.


Emerging Writers’ Festival Staff

Festival Director / Co-CEO
Sam Twyford-Moore (outgoing)
Michaela McGuire (incoming)

General Manager / Co-CEO
Kate Callingham

Program Coordinator
Rebecca Varcoe

Production Manager
Lauren Clelland

Marketing and Development Coordinator
Sarah Werkmeister

Program Assistants
Natasha Theoharous
Else Fitzgerald

Creative Producers
Izzy Roberts-Orr
Fiona Spitzkowsky
Eric Gardner
Else Fitzgerald
Adelaide Fisher
Zoe Simbolon

Emerging Writers’ Festival Board

Andrea Spencer (Chair)
Chris Sibree (Secretary)

Paul Higgins (Treasurer)
Claire Butler
Tim Fisher
Kirsten Freeman
Mandie Armstrong
Craig Semple

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