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White Night: Magazine in a Night

White Night 2015 image

We challenged the talented team at The Lifted Brow to make a magazine in a night and, over twelve hours, during White Night Melbourne 2015, they delivered. Editors Alexander Bennetts, Annabel Brady-Brown, and Zoe Dzunko, and designer James Nunn, interacted with White Night audiences to come up with a thirty-two page, twelve hour effort called ‘Red Eye’. And with over 600 submissions across the night, it was a challenge to simply scan and select the best that the audience came up with (let us know if you see yourself in there!).

The end product is a beautiful evocation of just how much you can get done in twelve hours, that something can ultimately be produced in such a time frame. We congratulate and thank the team for giving us such a wonderful experience on the night. This is a talented team of emerging editors who you should keep you eye on!

You can now download the PDF of the magazine here for your reading pleasure (a quick warning that there is some mature content in there and the twelve hours may or may not have included proofreading). We hoped you enjoyed White Night 2015 and hope to see you at the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2015!

Victorian Indigenous Literature Officer

We are thrilled to be be participating in the fantastic project for the newly created role of, Victorian Indigenous Literature Officer, working in partnership with the resident organisations of The Wheeler Centre (Australian Poetry, Emerging Writers’ Festival, Express Media, Melbourne Writers Festival, Small Press Network, The Wheeler Centre and Writers Victoria) and First Nations Australia Writers’ Network.

This role will have an impact on ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander artists and writers are engaged within Victoria’s literary programming. Each resident organisation has committed to at least one project with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, writers or audiences within their 2015 calendar of activities which will be developed and delivered in consultation with the Literature Officer. The major deliverable for the Literature Officer will be the first Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival in November/December 2015!

We are so excited to be accepting applications for this role, more details on the role and application details can be found here.

For further information please call Kate Callingham, Emerging Writers’ Festival, 03 90947877.

Applications close 5pm March 17 AEST.

Golden Tickets | Early Bird Tickets – The Writers’ Conference 2015 on sale now

EWF Writers Conference Mark Gambino

Time to save the date for the 2015 Writers’ Conference, which this year runs on Saturday 30 May – Sunday 31 May.

The cornerstone event of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, the two-day Writers’ Conference is programmed to inform and inspire writers of all genres and styles. From novels to poetry, memoir, biography, short stories, criticism, screenwriting, play-writing and everything in between.

Speakers range from the emerging to the established, and offer exciting and varied perspectives on their style or genre. Join the conversation as our writers share the ins and outs of their writing lives, deconstructing and discussing the art of being a writer.

This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to your fellow writers to make new connections and share knowledge and resources.

Early bird tickets to the Writers’ Conference are currently on sale over here, and they’re only $70 or $55 concession. Golden Tickets, which give you full access to the festival (including this year’s conference, the Pitch, sweet writers’ parties and more) are on sale over here.

Get in quick before we announce this years Conference Ambassadors and tickets sell out!

The full program for this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival will be launched on April 15 at the Wheeler Centre.

This year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival runs 26 May – June 5 2015.


2015 Festival applications closed

Photo: Alan Weedon

Photo: Alan Weedon

Thank you to all of you who sent in applications for this year’s Festival! We’re having a good time going through all of your submissions and will get back to applicants in the next few weeks. In the meantime, keep an eye on our Digital Writers’ Festival, running until Sunday Feb 22.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival runs 26 May – June 5 2015.

DWF’15 Program Preview

After an incredible first year in 2014, we’re truly excited to be bringing the Digital Writers’ Festival back in 2015

From 11 – 22 February, at, the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) will host the second annual Digital Writers’ Festival (DWF), a dynamic program of 30 events set to challenge your perceptions of literary festivals.

Following the success of 2014’s debut digital festival, the DWF has developed an innovative and exciting twelve-day program of online events, featuring over 60 artists, for audiences everywhere.

The festival livestream’s events or projects that are playful and participatory, transmedia and transcontinental, to an audience armed only with an internet connection. , .

In 2015, the DWF is all about next-level livestreaming. From scripting YouTube videos to story-generation machines, writing Twitter poetry to constructing code, DWF ‘15 will feature an international roster of artists expanding our ideas of digital – and analogue – writing.

With the full program announced in a few short weeks,  we are excited to release a sneak-peek of some of the most anticipated events;

  • Digital Dinner Parties will create a cross-continental dining experience when audiences join food writers to discuss culinary culture over a meal – each from their own kitchens.
  • In our Go Play events, gaming writers and critics will come together to discuss videogame culture from inside the games they’ve written about and produced
  • New Show and Tell events will spotlight the most innovative digital work produced across the past year
  • Web and Flow will provide a space for bloggers and journalists to critically dissect the issues involved in writing for the web in 2015. DWF ‘15 has partnered with theUNESCO Cities of Literature via Melbourne’s new City of Literature office to take audience members on a literary tour of the globe And the Stella Prize will host a series of events celebrating emerging female writers.

EWF 2015 Creative Producer Call Out


                                                                                                                       We are looking for amazing individuals to undertake our unique internship program – our awesome Creative Producers!

As a valued member of the Emerging Writers’ Festival Festival team, you will take ownership of a key festival event, seeing it through from programming to production, and assist in the overall management of the Festival along the way.

As Artshub wrote of the Emerging Writers’ Festival: “If you’re an up-and-coming writer, this is the place to get your foot in the door… as you’ll make invaluable connections within Melbourne’s thriving emerging literary scene.”

We couldn’t agree more and our interns have used the Creative Producer role as an incredible launching pad. Success stories include; Fiona Dunne, Creative Producer at Express Media; Bethanie Blanchard, literary critic and writer for The Guardian; Brigid Mullane, Editor of Kill Your Darlings literary journal.

So, if you’re keen to get hands-on experience in literary event management, and work with a friendly, supportive organisation who will provide you with excellent professional development, download a job pack here.

This is a volunteer position, and would suit an arts management or communications student seeking a university-placement internship.

Applications close 5pm Monday 12 January 2015. The Emerging Writers’ Festival runs May 26 – June 5 2015.

Writers – do you want to appear at EWF 2015?


The Emerging Writers’ Festival prides itself on being inclusive to everyone in the writing community, of all ages and at all stages of their career. In this spirit, each year we run an open artist call out as an opportunity for writers to put up their hands and let us know they’d like to be involved in the festival. And it’s that time already for the 2015 festival!

For writers – remember, this is your festival! It’s what you make it and we want you to feel like you own it! Tell us what you want to hear – the discussions about writing you want to have – and whether you want to be one of the people to lead the conversations. Tell us about other emerging writers you would like to hear too!

If you would like to be considered as a festival guest at the Emerging Writers’ Festival in 2015, simply fill in this form.

Applications are open now and close January 3 2015. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you at the Emerging Writers’ Festival in 2015!

The Emerging Writers’ Festival runs 26 May – June 5 2015.


We’re looking for a Program Coordinator!


The Emerging Writers’ Festival is more than just a writers festival, we are an organisation that works on year round programming both in Australia and internationally and in partnership with some of the most exciting literary and arts organisations around. This is a big job and we are so excited to announce a new role within EWF to support us achieve all of our goals.  

Working closely with the Festival Director and General Manager, the Program Coordinator will see the smooth delivery of EWF programs including the Digital Writers’ Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) and interstate touring. This is an exciting new role within Australia’s pre-eminent festival for emerging writers and is a real launching pad for arts industry talent.

Download a Position Description including application guidelines here.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 3 December 2014. 

This role is based at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

This role is supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

EWF Roadshow: Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia, a short story collection that explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet. Holiday in Cambodia was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award 2014. Laura will be leaving Portarlington in Victoria to appear at the Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow at the NSW Writers’ Centre on November 8. Ahead of this trip, EWF Director Sam Twyford-Moore caught up with her.


Holiday In Cambodia, your debut book, is a collection of short stories – what attracted you to the form?
There were two things. The first is that when I was living in Cambodia I was trying to write an historical novel but there were too many stories. I realised that a book of shorts was the only way I could even begin to capture what I was experiencing over there, and that a novel wouldn’t do it justice. It was a matter of what form was needed to tell the tale.  I think that’s true of most stories. We try to stick with the one form, but sometimes a novel should really be a haiku. The second thing is that I was hanging out with Cambodian writers like Chakriya Phou and Kho Tararith in Phnom Penh who were working predominantly in short forms – stories, essays and poetry. I loved their work. They were my heroes. So I started working like that too.

One of the big conversations at the EWF Roadshow will be around writing residencies, travel stories and writing from the fringes. Where do you write from?
When I climb the stairs every morning to the studio I share with my boyfriend Tom Doig, I just stand there gasping stupidly at the view out the window. It looks over Port Phillip Bay and the You Yangs in Portarlington, Victoria and it’s so crazy wonderful. Because we live in a small town around the bay, I also spend an extraordinary amount of time on public transport. The Geelong (or Geebanger as I like to call it) to Melbourne train has seen tens of thousands of words from me in the past year. I’m thinking of dedicating my book to Vline.

And where has your writing taken you?
I have travelled to New Zealand and back on a cargo ship, lived in a caravan surrounded by wild animals in the Northern Territory, worked with Nou Hach – the only independent literary journal in Cambodia, travelled up the guts of Bali with the Bali Emerging Writers Festival and EWF, then gone back months later for the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival, and spent lots and lots of time not going anywhere – writing about other places and other lives in my undies at home. Now I’m about to hop on a train for the Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow. I’ve been everywhere, man.

You’ve had a long history with writers’ festivals, what do you get out of them as a writer?
The first big proper writers’ festival I went to was NYWF, Newcastle, 1999 (!), and it changed everything. I moved from Brisbane to Melbourne because of that. I enrolled in a writing course because of that. I became festival-struck because of that. There are some people, writers and people I love, that I really only get to see at festivals because we live in different states or we’re just busy or different. Rushing from one great panel to a performance – program in one hand, new book in another – and bumping into someone you met at the last festival who introduces you to a new person and so you decide to flag the performance and go have a beer/tea instead is really wonderful. It’s the opposite of writing. It shakes all the knots and letters and screen time out and resets. Even if I only make it to the thing I’m programmed in, at least I walk bipedally, look at something other than a screen and interact with other humans for a few hours. They’re very healthful, writers’ festivals.

Can you give us a sneak peek into your 5×5 rules of writing? Care to leak one here?
Writey-leaks! My rule number one is: write what interests you. This may seem obvious but a lot of writers get told to ‘write what you know’, and it can be a problem. Write what you know has been taken too literally to mean write only what you know. It’s limiting or confusing, especially for early career writers. Writing what interests you opens this up. If you’re interested in what you’re writing about, your reader will be too.

Laura will be delivering the rest of her five rules of writing at the Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow at the NSW Writers’ Centre, along with four other brilliant writers – Benjamin Law, Tom Doig, Delia Falconer and Walter Mason. Tickets available here and full program available here.


Introducing the Control Room

In the Control Room, the audience is in control of the conversation. We put a writer or publishing industry professional in a room and the questions come from the crowd. There is no host, only the guest and the audience. They bring the experience, you bring the questions.

During our NSW Writers’ Festival Control Room we have an exciting range of guests with brains full of writing and industry knowledge just ripe for the picking. From festival directors, published authors, publishers and self publishing experts, we have you covered! Check out their bios below and start compiling your questions!

EWF Roadshow: NSWWC
Saturday 8 November, 10am – 6.30pm
NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, Balmain Road, Rozelle



After working in Australian publishing, Jemma Birrell moved to Paris to join Shakespeare and Company, one of the world’s most famous bookshops. As the store’s first Events Director, she developed a world-renowned literary program, presenting today’s leading authors, thinkers and musicians. She was Co-Director of three editions of FestivalandCo, Shakespeare and Company’s biennial literary festival, set in a park across from Notre Dame. The festival attracted participants including Alain de Botton, Will Self, Martin Amis, Beth Orton, Jeanette Winterson and Charlotte Rampling.

Jemma began as Artistic Director of Sydney Writers’ Festival in late September 2012. She has curated two Festivals so far with international guests such as A.M. Homes, Karl Ove Knusgaard, Alice Walker, Eleanor Catton, Sandi Toksvig, Vince Gilligan, Sheila Heti and Andrew Solomon. Local authors include Thomas Keneally, Alexis Wright, David Malouf, Richard Flanagan and Fiona McFarlane.










Walter Mason is a writer, blogger and creative writing teacher. His first book, “Destination Saigon” was named one of the ten best travel books of 2010 by the Sydney Morning Herald. Walter’s latest book, “Destination Cambodia,” was released in 2013.Walter runs the Universal Heart Book Club with Stephanie Dowrick, an on-line book club that concentrates on matters of the spirit. He lives in Cabramatta, Sydney.













Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), which was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and the recipient of a 2014 Martin Bequest Traveling Scholarship













Robert Watkins is a Publisher at Hachette Australia, was previously their commissioning editor for adult fiction and non-fiction, and has been working in the Australian book industry for 18 years. Throughout his career he’s worked across sales, marketing and publicity. He’s primarily interested in publishing non-fiction with a leaning towards young, contemporary voices – but is also a big fan of contemporary fiction with a real Australian edge.










Garry Trinh is the Community Manager for Blurb, one of the world’s premier print-on-demand publishing company’s. Garry is also an award winning photographer. His photo book Just Heaps Surprised to be Alive was nominated for Photography Book of the Year at the 4th International Photo Book Festival at Kassel, Germany. His work has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Blacktown Arts Centre, Stills Gallery, Gallery 4A and many others.











Be sure to check out the full EWF Roadshow: NSWWC program with over 20 events and 45 speakers across the day, there will be contemporary conversations providing resources for all writers!

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