Hey there. I’m Josh, one of the Associate Producers for this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival. I’ve been conducting the Monash Prize Creative Writing Census and Alumni profiles and I also helped out with this year’s Digital Writers’ Festival.
Last year, I had no idea that Melbourne had a diverse literary community and so many writing opportunities. I relocated from Perth to study writing and editing at RMIT and discovered that Melbourne is a UNESCO City of Literature. I grabbed issues of Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, plus so many other lit journals and attended the launches that came along with them. It was refreshing to be outside of the insular bubble of Perth: which lacked a variety of publications and writing opportunities outside of attending Uni.
The 2013 Emerging Writers’ Festival was the first literary festival I attended, and I was engaged with the festival as a volunteer. I didn’t know that a writing festival would go beyond the written word and could have so many events (now I realise how narrow minded I was) and it broadened my perspective of writing. Words can reach many places, and the EWF tries to expose all the nooks and crannies of literature within Melbourne and beyond.
I’m eager to make this festival accessible to all word enthusiasts, and as I’m originally from interstate I know how overwhelming Melbourne can be (Degraves can seem like a good idea at the time…) so I’m coordinating the Interstate Mates meet up this year. Come say hi, or please send me some sort of online message via twitter/email (I’ll send you GIFS) to get in touch beforehand.
See you at EWF 2014!