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EWF Roadshow: NSWWC

Sat 8 Nov, 10:00 AM

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is thrilled to be returning to Sydney this year to present the EWF Roadshow for the thirdtime at the NSW Writers’ Centre. The full day festival at the Centre is filled with daring contemporary conversations around the art of writing – featuring discussions on pop culture, criticism, mentorship, digital literature and way, way more. The Emerging Writers’ Festival is more than your usual writers festival!

How to book tickets
NSW Writers’ Centre
Online at or by phone (02) 9555 9757

Non-members $90
Members $60
Member concession $50

There is plenty of free parking at the Centre. Lunch can be bought from Mexican food van Mobile Cantina.There will also be a coffee cart providing hot drinks and baked goods.

The NSW Writers’ Centre is located in the grounds of Callan Park, Balmain Road, Rozelle. For directions and public transport options, visit

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The Regional Writers’ Roundtable

Wed 5 Nov, 8:30 AM

Join the EWF team for a breakfast event before hitting the road again. We host an open forum about writing residencies, grants and living regionally. Have your say and get unique writing advice from our visiting writers. Light refreshments will be provided.

Eastern Riverina Arts FREE (bookings essential)
Scissors Paper Pen Lit Breakfast

Thu 6 Nov, 8:30 AM

Canberra literary collective Scissors Paper Pen presents the Roadshow Breakfast of the Year. Sweep the sleep from your eyes and have some coffee with the EWF Roadshow crew. Join the ‘life of a writer’ roundtable, guest star on a podcast, buy a book, and get literary before the day gets real.

Proudly supported by the University of Canberra

Lonsdale Street Roasters FREE (bookings essential)


Caravanserai of Courage

Tue 4 Nov, 7:30 PM

Join us on our first stop of the Roadshow with writers Laura Jean McKay, Tom Doig and Lachlan Brown for an evening of reading – the Caravanserai of Courage – with new art by Tony Curran and a chance to participate in our open mic session. Refreshments will be provided.

Booranga Writers’ Centre FREE (bookings essential)
The Canberra Caravan

Wed 5 Nov, 7:00 PM

The EWF Roadshow hits its second stop in Canberra. Join writers Laura Jean McKay, Tom Doig, Lachlan Brown and our local Canberra recruits Ingrid Jonach and Lucy Neave for an evening of readings, poetry and more.

Presented in partnership with Australian National University. 
Supported by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, which are ACT Government arts facilities managed by Gorman House Arts Centre Inc. a not-for-profit association.

Gorman House Arts Centre FREE (bookings essential)
Amazing Babes

Thu 6 Nov, 7:30 PM

Inspired by Eliza Sarlos’s picture book Amazing Babes, we invite an incredible line-up of writers to tell stories about the women who have inspired them, in their writing and their lives. The most popular event of this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival finally comes to Sydney; this is a night to be inspired and celebrate the women who made us who we are.

Featuring Astrid Lorange, Laura Jean McKay, Pip Smith, Tamar Chnorhokian, Rosanna Beatrice Stevens, Madelaine Lucas, and more.

Giant Dwarf $15 full/$12 concession


Inside the Publishing House

Fri 7 Nov, 12:00 PM

This unique event will take you inside – literally inside – one of our Australia’s biggest and brightest publishing houses, Hachette Australia. Through the day you will be shown through the entire production process of a book – from acquisition to sales – meeting publishers, editors and marketers throughout. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see behind the scenes of how books get made. Perfect for aspiring editors and publishers, join us for a drink afterwards. Tickets are strictly limited.

Proudly supported by Hachette


12pm: Meet and Greet Lunch
Get ready for a day of bookish adventures inside Hachette Australia and meet your fellow editors who’ll be joining you for the day. We’ll also take you on a tour so you’ll know who has the best office in a publishing house (for your future reference of course).

1pm: Publishing Now
Ever wanted to know what it takes for a book to be successful in Australia? Before you can bring a manuscript to life, you’ve got to know what shines and what doesn’t. Hachette publishers reveal how they commission exciting book ideas and the range of tasks their job entails: from dealing with agents, right through to understanding reading trends and the publishing landscape.

2pm: Keeping the Writers Happy
Having a positive relationship between a writer and editor is essential for a book to reach its highest quality. How do editors navigate these relationships and how far can they push for editorial changes without putting writers offside?

3pm: Hooking Up with Readers
Dress it up, dress it down, how do you make the book go around? The cover and the blurb are the key selling points of a book, but how far does marketing go in grabbing a reader’s attention? Join staff from Hachette’s marketing and sales team as they discuss successful campaigns and what makes a book sell.

Emerging Editors Drinks

Now it’s time to do what editors do best: drink. Continue your discussions with editors and publishers from Hachette and celebrate your eventual takeover of the publishing house.

Hachette Australia $60 full / $50 concession
Electric Literature

Mon 10 Nov, 6:30 PM

Connor Tomas O’Brien, director of the Digital Writers’ Festival, leads an engaging and thought-provoking seminar on writing digital literature. Imagine you were living in the future, with access to any form of technology imaginable. What kind of story would you tell, and how? Explore the interplay between new kinds of screens, networks, and computers – write an algorithmic poem, create a story that masquerades as a videogame, and learn how to best launch your digital work into this brave new world of words!


How to book tickets
NSW Writers’ Centre

Online at or by phone (02) 9555 9757

Non-members $55
Members $35

NSW Writer’s Centre