Conference & Panel

5 x 5 Rules of Writing

Be inspired as our five Festival Ambassadors share the tips and tricks they wish they’d known when they were starting out. Hear what works for them, and what might work for you.

With: Anna Krien, Melina Marchetta, Rebecca Do Rozario, Michelle Law and Inga Simpson

Get to know our ambassadors on our blog.

The 2017 National Writers’ Conference program grid. Click here to see other events in the conference.

This panel will feature a PEN empty chair. The PEN Empty Chair is acknowledged at literary events to represent a writer who is not present because they have been imprisoned, detained, disappeared, threatened or killed, simply for speaking their mind.

PEN International was founded in 1921 to promote literature and freedom of expression. This global community of writers now spans more than 100 countries and campaigns on behalf of persecuted and silenced writers. The PEN Melbourne Centre brings writers together from across cultures to explore ideas that promote freedom of expression and conduct public conversations about how literature influences and fosters cross-cultural exchange, with a focus on women writers, Indigenous Australian writers, writers in prison and the Asia and Pacific region.

If you are a writer, involved in the literary community or share an interest in human rights, you are welcome to join PEN Melbourne as a member.

More information is available at PEN website:

Saturday 17 June, 2017, 10am

$19 full/$17 concession

Book tickets

State Library Victoria (Conference Centre)
179 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000