The Digital Writers’ Festival

The Digital Writers’ Festival is an online-first events program dedicated to celebrating the work of Australian writers and fostering new relationships through international collaborations.

The Festival consists of a series of events, discussions and online activities that leverage technologies that have reached broad accessibility, enabling participation by attendees who traditionally experience barriers to access, including regionally-based audiences and writers with a disability.

The DWF includes panel sessions that offer both real-time and pre-recorded video interactions, discussions that traverse platforms and build on the capacity of mobile devices, and intimate workshops that offer opportunities for participants located around Australia to connect and learn with and from each other.

In its third year in 2016, the Digital Writers Festival was staged over 11 days and nights in November, and promoted the talent and ideas of over 120 artists who participated in more than 40 events.

Over the last three years DWF has visited Dunedin, Iowa City, Melbourne, Krakow, Edinburgh, and Reykjavik for an innovative program of live-streamed city tours, collectively annotated Stella Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career, listened to writers’ letters to their 13, 43 and 73 year-old selves, stayed up late to collaboratively create a Book of the Night during White Night Melbourne, and cooked along with emerging foodwriters. The festival also features online workshop events, enabling regionally and internationally-based audience members to learn new skills face-to-face from talented DWF artists.

The Digital Writers’ Festival is quickly establishing itself as one of the world’s most engaging destinations for writers looking to connect and collaborate online, with the DWF offering events and experiences unlike any offered elsewhere – digitally or IRL!

Stay tuned for the dates of the 2017 Digital Writers’ Festival.

Want to relive all the 2016 action? Visit the archive here. Or go even further back in time and check out the 2015 and 2014 versions (just don’t judge us on our websites).