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Conference

Conference Special Event: 5 x 5 Rules of Writing

Sat 30 May, 10:00 AM

This event is now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available to attend this event through a National Writers’ Conference Weekend or Saturday Day Pass. For more information click here

Conference staple and crowd favourite, 5 x 5 is back to dish out the tips and tricks from the best in the biz. Hear from our five ambassadors on what works for them, and what might work for you. Featuring Oslo Davis, William McInnes, Sulari Gentill, Kylie Ladd and Anna Polletti.

Swanston Hall @ Melbourne Town Hall $17 Full/$15 Concession
Conference Special Event: SWEATSHOP

Sat 30 May, 4:00 PM

Race, gender, class, sexuality and disability. The writers from SWEATSHOP take you across the intersections with performance readings that span along the highways of Western Sydney. Featuring Luke Carman, Tamar Chnorhokian, Peter Polites, Amanda Yeo, Stephen Phamand Michael Mohammed Ahmad. Hosted by Roslyn Oades.

Swanston Hall @ Melbourne Town Hall $17 Full/$15 Concession
Conference Special Event: YA Is Forever

Sun 31 May, 10:00 AM

This event is now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available to attend this event through a National Writers’ Conference Weekend or Sunday Day Pass. For more information click here

From The Hunger Games to The Last Thirteen, YA is a genre that increasingly appeals to all ages. What is it about YA that helps it transcend it’s genre confines and speak to a broader audience? What do we see in these young characters that keeps us coming back for more? We speak to some of the best voices in YA about the appeal of the genre and what’s next for them. Featuring James Phelan, Sulari Gentill, and Kirsty Murray.

Swanston Hall @ Melbourne Town Hall $17 Full/$15 Concession

Launch

Canary Press: EWF Launch After Party

Tue 26 May, 9:00 PM

Hosted by The Canary Press, a magazine with a passion for short stories and shenanigans, we’ll be celebrating the kick-off of the festival with a night of Noir, Raymond Chandler-style. There’ll be tipples and trilby hats: it’d be a crime to miss it.

Kelvin Club FREE
Chart Collective: 1p/Halley, or: What Goes Around Comes Around

Wed 27 May, 9:00 PM

Chart Collective explores the relationship between time, humanity, the earth and the sky by publishing a zine, folding out to A2 poster, each work set on one of the next four nights Halley’s Comet returns. What will Melbourne look like in 2061, in 2135, in 2209 and in 2284, when the comet burns across the sky? Illustration by Steph Hughes and Caroline Anderson, and written work by Hannah Donnelly and Emma Jones.

Thousand Pound Bend FREE
Voiceworks 100th Issue Launch

Fri 29 May, 6:30 PM

Since its inception in 1985, Voiceworks has been providing a platform for young people under 25 to have their voices heard. This year, Voiceworks is releasing its 100th issue and to celebrate the occasion, have published a bumper issue of two magazines. Throughout its 100 issues in operation, Voiceworks has been the home to the first works of some of Australia’s finest writers. In recognition, a cross-section of their talented alumni were partnered with eight young writers. Romy Ash, Van Badham, Tom Doig, Benjamin Law, Ainslee Meredith, Oliver Mol, Liam Pieper and Lorelei Vashti each mentored a young writer throughout the editorial process, and have also contributed their own piece of original writing.

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Voiceworks #100. There’ll be readings, games, and a few surprises. This issue is packed with compulsive liars, bikram yoga, undiagnosed disease and beached whales – just imagine what the launch has in store.

Thousand Pound Bend FREE
Overland: Story Wine Prize Launch

Sun 31 May, 6:00 PM

Come mingle with other writers and industry folk and to celebrate the launch of the shiraz with Leah Swann’s winning Story Wine Prize entry on the label. You’ll also hear the details of the 2015 Story Wine competition, which is again offering a $3000 first prize and publication in Overland and on the label of a Story Wine. There will be free drinks served all evening courtesy of Story Wine.

Hosted by Bec Zajac and featuring Leah Swann, Michelle Wright, Sally Breen, Rory Lane, and Jacinda Woodhead.

Metropolis Books FREE
Graphic Contents Exhibition Launch

Tue 2 Jun, 7:00 PM

Australia’s comics scene is a small but vital one. Come check out our exhibition Graphic Contents Express, running from Tuesday 26 May – Friday 5 June. A literal visual feast, it will showcase work from Lachlan Conn, Mandy Ord, Chris Gooch, Katie Parrish, Josh Santospirito, Nicky Minus, Simon Hanselmann, Jo Waite, Merv Heers, Leigh Rigozzi and more in all its graphic glory.

The exhibition will be launched on Tuesday 2 June with readings by Mandy Ord, Merv Heers, Jo Waite, Leigh Rigozzi and more.

Thousand Pound Bend FREE
black&write!: Coming of Age

Tue 2 Jun, 9:00 PM

Join us for the launch of Jane Harrison’s award-winning Becoming Kirrali Lewis, not your usual coming-of-age story. Launched by Ellen van Neerven, author of Heat and Light. Includes readings by some of the country’s most exciting Indigenous writers on their clumsy teenage years. Featuring Jane Harrison, Ellen van Neerven, Marie Munkara, Grace Lucas-Pennington, Adrian Stanley and Yasmin Smith.

Thousand Pound Bend FREE
Archer: Up Late with Archer

Thu 4 Jun, 9:00 PM

Last year, Archer hosted the biggest, boldest and sexiest night on the EWF calendar. Since launching in 2013, the award-winning journal of sexuality and gender has picked up media gongs, nominations and stockists in New York, San Francisco and London. Join the Archer community for the launch of this beloved publication’s highly-anticipated fourth edition, featuring articles on ageing and sexuality, feminism and porn, body diversity and homophobia in sport. Up Late with Archer – a night of passion, prose and promiscuity.

Featuring Amy Middleton and more.

Thousand Pound Bend FREE

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Network

The Pitch Networking Session for Deaf Writers

Wed 27 May, 4:30 PM

All publishers and editors involved in The Pitch will be available in the afternoon to meet with Deaf or Hard of Hearing writers. This event will be Auslan interpreted and will be followed by a delightful afternoon tea, with your chance to meet with the editors and publishers.

Featuring Eva Mills, Adrian Craddock, Robert Watkins and Erik Jensen.

The Wheeler Centre FREE (bookings essential)
Interstate Mates

Fri 29 May, 5:00 PM

Emerging Writers’ Festival prides itself on being the national meeting place for Australian writers, and it would be wrong of us to throw on the festival and not say hi to those who have jumped on a plane, train or automobile, whether from Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin or anywhere else on the map. Local writers are encouraged to come say hi to their interstate mates!

Thousand Pound Bend FREE
Lunchtime Lit – Pitch-a-thon with SPOOK Magazine

Wed 3 Jun, 12:30 PM

Here’s your chance to put everything you’ve learnt at the fest so far into practice. Turn those notes into a cohesive piece and pitch it to the team at Spook Magazine. Their editors are hungry for your work, so come down and chat with them about your ideas. Get pitching!

Thousand Pound Bend FREE
#writingwhilefemale

Fri 5 Jun, 9:00 AM

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is excited to dedicate a whole day to the ladies. Featuring panels, workshops and performance, come along to mingle, discuss major issues, and celebrate women in writing.


 

MAIN STAGE

10am – 11am: Writing While Feminist

Digital media has heralded a paradoxical moment in the feminist movement. While it has provided a platform for women’s voices, it has also freed a space for online harassment. Often airing feminist opinion comes with threats, insults, and abuse.

With the advent of Men’s Rights Activists and #gamergate in the last few years, is fear of online harassment stifling women? What are the emotional and psychological ramifications for speaking out loud? What can women writing online do to protect themselves and each other?

Featuring Lou Heinrich, Emma Marie Jones, Clementine Ford and Jessica Yu.


11am – 12pm: Schooling Self-confidence

The writing industry is closer than ever to gender equality, but projects such as the VIDA Count have proven the significant lack of women in by-lines and the upper-reaches of mastheads. Responses to these statistics include claims that women are simply pitching and submitting less, and are more hesitant to go after jobs and promotions than their male counterparts.

Four female figures in Australia’s literary industry will carry out a practical discussion about the attitudes women are conditioned to have towards career and how to overcome them. Topics will include applying for jobs, chasing opportunities, pitching, time management and negotiation.

Featuring Kirsty Murray, Elizabeth Flux, Lisa Dempster, and Andrea Hanke.


12pm – 1pm: Gendered Genres: Women on Women’s Writing

Co-hosted by The Stella Prize

Ruth Franklin has stated that ‘Men’s novels about suburbia…are about society; women’s novels about suburbia…are about women.’ The term ‘Women’s Fiction’ carries with it implications that female writers write from their specific perspectives as women, leaving men to explore the important, universal questions. Similarly, domestic realism in fiction has often led to women’s writing being boxed in as ‘Chick Lit’, while male writers tackling the domestic, such as Karl Ove Knausgaard, are lauded for their honesty and courage.

Do women tell different stories? Are women writers trapped by their gender? What are the causes for these barriers? How might women go about dismantling them, and does the onus to do so lie with them?

Featuring Aviva Tuffield, Emily Bitto, Louise Swinn and Ellen van Neerven.


1pm – 2pm LUNCH


2pm – 3pm: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Being a Girl in the Boys’ Club

Arts degrees and industry sectors are seen as being proliferated with women. However, a closer look will prove this view deceptive, as many women writers wanting to specialise in stereotypically male fields have found. How to break through the ‘Boys’ Club’? Four female writers in sports, gaming, comic writing and tech discuss the challenges they encounter, women writers they admire, and strategies for manoeuvring male-dominated fields.

Featuring Leena van Deventer, Mandy Ord, Courteney Hocking, and Erin Riley.


3pm – 4pm: Writing Women

Inspired by Monash University’s women’s fiction-focused subject, Writing Women, the Emerging Writers’ Festival is excited to pass the reigns over for this special event. Not only featuring, but also coordinated by Monash students, this event will showcase research being undertaken by young scholars in the field of women’s writing. These inspiring students will express their findings and thoughts on topics such as gender binaries in literature, what women’s writing means, gender and literary values. Writing Women is sure to provide an insightful prospective into the future of the Australian literary landscape.

Featuring Stephanie Robertson, Cassandra Dorian, Lynette Kumar and Tegan Webb.


4pm – 5pm: Radical Acts

A performative event featuring Melbourne-based performer and storyteller Tariro Mavondo.


5pm – 5.30pm The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is about sharing women’s stories. Run by Lip Mag, this year’s theme is privilege. We are excited to be announcing the 2015 winner as part of the #writingwhilefemale day.


 

WORKSHOPS

10am Pitch Bitch
Featuring Brigid MullaneGillian Terzis, and Veronica Sullivan

11.45am After the Debut (a how-to)
Featuring Cate Blake and Anna George

2pm Stella Reviewing Masterclass
Featuring Melinda Harvey and Jo Case.

 


 

Presented by Monash University Faculty of Arts in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival and Stella Prize.

The Wheeler Centre $90 full/$75 concession

Panel

The Pitch for Uni Lit Mags

Wed 27 May, 3:00 PM

A special Pitch event for student writers. What’s it like editing a student publication? What should these student lit mags look like, and how can your writing shape them? We bring together editors from some of Melbourne’s leading universities for a discussion tailored to student writers’ needs. Hosted by Alison Whan and featuring editors from Catalyst (RMIT), Lot’s Wife (Monash), Veranda (Deakin) and VU Mag.

Presented by Victoria University.

The Wheeler Centre FREE
Teaching Writing and Editing: A Symposium

Mon 1 Jun, 10:30 AM

What’s the importance of writing and editing courses, and what does the future look like? This symposium is an opportunity for all interested parties to discuss the role and future of writing and editing courses. Featuring panelists from leading Professional Writing and Editing Courses, the symposium is a chance for you to have your say, too. Featuring Nicolas Brasch (Swinburne University; Deputy Chair, Writers Victoria), Rachel Flynn (CAE), Penny Johnson (RMIT), John Weldon (Victoria University) and Clare Strahan (Writer, Tutor and Teacher). Chaired by Kate Nancarrow (Education Editor, The Age)


Swinburne Writers’ Festival crashes the Emerging Writers’ Festival with past and present students showcasing their work and starting the important conversations. Presented in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology

The Wheeler Centre Workshop Space, Level 4 FREE
Partisan: In Conversation with Ariel Kleiman

Mon 1 Jun, 6:30 PM

Award-winning filmmaker Ariel Kleiman releases his first feature film Partisan on May 28, and EWF is giving you the chance to get the inside scoop on his process as a screenwriter and film maker. How can you make your vision come to life- make those words come off the page and onto the screen? Ariel will be in conversation with Rochelle Siemienowicz at this free event at the Victorian College for the Arts showcasing his personally chosen scene clips, talent and tips, followed by a Q&A.

Presented by VCA in partnership with Madman Films.

 

 

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Federation Hall, VCA Free- Bookings Essential
Late Night Lit – Kill Your Darlings: Nerds Gone Wild

Mon 1 Jun, 9:00 PM

We know that writers are word nerds, but what other passions are they hiding? Join Kill Your Darlings and six of their favourite writers as they confess their nerdy fascinations and secret obsessions. It will be a night of fun and fandom, where good taste is abandoned for a daggy celebration of the things that really make writers tick. Divulge your own culture crush in the Kill Your Darlings Confessional for the chance to win prizes on the night.

Featuring Ellen van Neeven, Brodie Lancaster, Michelle Roger, Chris Somerville, Oliver Mol, and Abigail Ulman.

Thousand Pound Bend FREE
The Early Words – Queer Tales

Tue 2 Jun, 8:30 AM

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT – we do have a wait list available

Queer writers share their experiences, their practices and their thoughts. Do issues relating to sexuality and gender identity inform their writing? The participants will shed light on the opportunities, advantages and challenges that face emerging and established LGBTQIA authors. Featuring Dean Beck, Eloise Brook and Kirsty Webeck.

 


 

This series of early morning discussions invites a wide range of opinions and perspectives to be shared over a complimentary breakfast. You can be sure that both the debates and the coffee will be vigorous, full bodied and heated.

Proudly supported by Carmen’sChobaniAllpress and Flower Bird

 

The Wheeler Centre FREE (bookings essential)
The Early Words – How Art Tells Stories

Wed 3 Jun, 8:30 AM

Artists and illustrators collaborate with writers to produce graphic novels, picture books and comics. How do artists approach story telling differently to writers? What are the advantages to telling a story through pictures with little or no accompanying text? What are the challenges? Featuring Sam Orchard, Tim Molloy, and Rebecca Hayes.

 


 

This series of early morning discussions invites a wide range of opinions and perspectives to be shared over a complimentary breakfast. You can be sure that both the debates and the coffee will be vigorous, full bodied and heated.

Proudly supported by Carmen’sChobaniAllpress and Flower Bird

The Wheeler Centre FREE (bookings essential)
The Early Words – Writing and Family

Thu 4 Jun, 8:30 AM

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT – we do have a wait list available

Family members often provide writers with some of their best material, but what are the ethical concerns of writing about the real people in your life? How do writers balance family commitments with their writing practice? This is a family event – family members of all ages are encouraged to attend. Featuring Isobel Knowles, Seamus ‘Daddinator’ Curtain-Magee and Samuel Leighton-Dore.

 


 

This series of early morning discussions invites a wide range of opinions and perspectives to be shared over a complimentary breakfast. You can be sure that both the debates and the coffee will be vigorous, full bodied and heated.

Proudly supported by Carmen’sChobani, Allpress and Flower Bird

The Wheeler Centre FREE (bookings essential)
The Long and Winding Road to Getting Published

Thu 4 Jun, 6:30 PM

Leanne Hall published her first novel a couple of years ago, so what’s life like after your first novel is out in the world? Miles Allinson recently hit the Literary jackpot, winning the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and a publishing contract with Scribe. What’s a prize win like and how does a writer deal with the expectations that follow? And Alec Patric is publishing his first novel after having already published three books. What’s the long road to publishing the first novel like?

Join these writers and Readings booksellers as they discuss their stories of how they got published with Readings book buyer and spotter of the next big thing in local publishing, Martin Shaw.

Presented by Readings, in association with the Emerging Writers’ Festival

Readings St Kilda FREE (bookings essential)
#writingwhilefemale

Fri 5 Jun, 9:00 AM

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is excited to dedicate a whole day to the ladies. Featuring panels, workshops and performance, come along to mingle, discuss major issues, and celebrate women in writing.


 

MAIN STAGE

10am – 11am: Writing While Feminist

Digital media has heralded a paradoxical moment in the feminist movement. While it has provided a platform for women’s voices, it has also freed a space for online harassment. Often airing feminist opinion comes with threats, insults, and abuse.

With the advent of Men’s Rights Activists and #gamergate in the last few years, is fear of online harassment stifling women? What are the emotional and psychological ramifications for speaking out loud? What can women writing online do to protect themselves and each other?

Featuring Lou Heinrich, Emma Marie Jones, Clementine Ford and Jessica Yu.


11am – 12pm: Schooling Self-confidence

The writing industry is closer than ever to gender equality, but projects such as the VIDA Count have proven the significant lack of women in by-lines and the upper-reaches of mastheads. Responses to these statistics include claims that women are simply pitching and submitting less, and are more hesitant to go after jobs and promotions than their male counterparts.

Four female figures in Australia’s literary industry will carry out a practical discussion about the attitudes women are conditioned to have towards career and how to overcome them. Topics will include applying for jobs, chasing opportunities, pitching, time management and negotiation.

Featuring Kirsty Murray, Elizabeth Flux, Lisa Dempster, and Andrea Hanke.


12pm – 1pm: Gendered Genres: Women on Women’s Writing

Co-hosted by The Stella Prize

Ruth Franklin has stated that ‘Men’s novels about suburbia…are about society; women’s novels about suburbia…are about women.’ The term ‘Women’s Fiction’ carries with it implications that female writers write from their specific perspectives as women, leaving men to explore the important, universal questions. Similarly, domestic realism in fiction has often led to women’s writing being boxed in as ‘Chick Lit’, while male writers tackling the domestic, such as Karl Ove Knausgaard, are lauded for their honesty and courage.

Do women tell different stories? Are women writers trapped by their gender? What are the causes for these barriers? How might women go about dismantling them, and does the onus to do so lie with them?

Featuring Aviva Tuffield, Emily Bitto, Louise Swinn and Ellen van Neerven.


1pm – 2pm LUNCH


2pm – 3pm: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Being a Girl in the Boys’ Club

Arts degrees and industry sectors are seen as being proliferated with women. However, a closer look will prove this view deceptive, as many women writers wanting to specialise in stereotypically male fields have found. How to break through the ‘Boys’ Club’? Four female writers in sports, gaming, comic writing and tech discuss the challenges they encounter, women writers they admire, and strategies for manoeuvring male-dominated fields.

Featuring Leena van Deventer, Mandy Ord, Courteney Hocking, and Erin Riley.


3pm – 4pm: Writing Women

Inspired by Monash University’s women’s fiction-focused subject, Writing Women, the Emerging Writers’ Festival is excited to pass the reigns over for this special event. Not only featuring, but also coordinated by Monash students, this event will showcase research being undertaken by young scholars in the field of women’s writing. These inspiring students will express their findings and thoughts on topics such as gender binaries in literature, what women’s writing means, gender and literary values. Writing Women is sure to provide an insightful prospective into the future of the Australian literary landscape.

Featuring Stephanie Robertson, Cassandra Dorian, Lynette Kumar and Tegan Webb.


4pm – 5pm: Radical Acts

A performative event featuring Melbourne-based performer and storyteller Tariro Mavondo.


5pm – 5.30pm The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is about sharing women’s stories. Run by Lip Mag, this year’s theme is privilege. We are excited to be announcing the 2015 winner as part of the #writingwhilefemale day.


 

WORKSHOPS

10am Pitch Bitch
Featuring Brigid MullaneGillian Terzis, and Veronica Sullivan

11.45am After the Debut (a how-to)
Featuring Cate Blake and Anna George

2pm Stella Reviewing Masterclass
Featuring Melinda Harvey and Jo Case.

 


 

Presented by Monash University Faculty of Arts in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival and Stella Prize.

The Wheeler Centre $90 full/$75 concession
Young Women in Writing

Fri 5 Jun, 1:00 PM

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is excited to host an event dedicated to young women at the QVWC. Running in conjunction with Writing While Female, this event is dedicated to high school students and will feature panels and workshops imparting practical skills and knowledge on the next generation of women. With a keynote address from Clementine Ford, this will include panel sessions where inspiring literary women will discuss issues such as self-confidence, imposter syndrome, and shine theory.

Practical workshops will focus on the ‘hows’ of being a writer, allowing students to gain practical knowledge of pitching, publication avenues, potential career paths, and networking. Speakers will include Amy Gray, Elizabeth Flux, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Kat Muscat, Megan McGrath and Lili Wilkinson. EWF hopes to facilitate a community for young women writers, and will conclude the day with an afternoon tea, with cupcakes provided by Little Cupcakes.

If you are a high school-aged woman who would like to attend this event, or you know someone who is, please express your interest in registering for this event by emailing programming@emergingwritersfestival.org.au with Young Women In Writing in the subject box, and with a short response to the following prompt – “If you could ask a question of any person in history, who and what would you ask?”

Proudly Supported by the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre.

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre FREE (bookings essential)

Performance

The Emerging Writers’ Festival Opening Night Extravaganza

Tue 26 May, 7:00 PM

We’re so thrilled to once again be kicking off the festival in fancy fashion at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge. The calm before the literary storm will celebrate incredible writing talent, with the announcement of the recipient of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, as well as the Monash Prize for Undergraduate Creative Writing winners. We’ll hear from international guest, writer Emily St. John Mandel, as well as getting the scoop on what to expect this festival. Get the party poppers out – it’s a night to celebrate the start of another sensational festival!

Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre

Don’t forget about our noir after party presented by Canary Press! Join us at the Kelvin Club, 14–30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne at 9pm!

The Deakin Edge FREE (bookings essential)
Translation Nation

Wed 27 May, 7:30 PM

Marvel at the mysteries of language, meaning and literary tradition, as five of Australia’s most exciting emerging translators perform parts of one whole story in Mandarin, Indonesian, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. This live translation will be followed by a panel discussion, illuminating the challenges and rewards of reshaping a writer’s work across language barriers, exploring the creative act of translation and demystifing this essential part of the writing world. Featuring Liam Pieper, Paula Aparicio, Cecilia Liando, Daniela Scarcella, Bin Xue, Gabriel Garcia Ochoa and Emily Durbin.

Proudly presented by Monash University Faculty of Arts

Bella Union, Trades Hall $17 full/$15 concession
Words Out West – Alice In Downunderland

Thu 28 May, 6:00 PM

Alice In Downunderland: Join us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s delightful Alice in Wonderland with readings, performance, and a glimpse or two Through the Looking Glass.

Featuring Lia Incognita, Stephanie van Schilt, Leni Shilton and Rachel Perks.


 

Jump on a tram, train, or grab your bike- whatever you have to do, just get yourself to Footscray for a literary tour of the west. Take our hands and let us lead you through the creative west, hitting cultural hotspots and cool hidden gems for a night of words that inspire.

Words Out West is presented by Victoria University in association with Emerging Writers’ Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, and the City of Maribyrnong.

Dancing Dog FREE (no bookings required)
Words Out West – West Writers Group at FCAC

Thu 28 May, 7:30 PM

Join Footscray Community Arts Centre’s West Writers Group for a one hour event that will give you a window into an ecosystem of lived narratives. Walk through these unique story installations and performances and find yourself light years away from where you started.

West Writers Group is a collective of writers who currently live, work or have other established links to Melbourne’s west. It is a collective that will amplify the stories and voices of the region.

Proudly presented in partnership with Tourisms

Footscray Community Arts Centre FREE (bookings essential)
Words Out West – Letters to the West

Thu 28 May, 9:00 PM

Join our writers as they read a letter penned to the theme of the West. The panel will reveal their relationship with the West through their missives. Will it be a love letter, a memory or a complaint? What does the West mean to them? Simply a location or an ideology, even a character in their lives? Grab a beverage and watch as each writer reads their letter to the West. Featuring Anna Braiser, Benjamin Laut, Chloe Watson, Jane Rawston, Jessica Yu, John Weldon, Martin McKenzie-Murray and Wayne Stellini. Tourisms will also have an online photo gallery by Nick Wilkins up on their website.


Jump on a tram, train, or grab your bike- whatever you have to do, just get yourself to Footscray for a literary tour of the west. Take our hands and let us lead you through the creative west, hitting cultural hotspots and cool hidden gems for a night of words that inspire. Words Out West is presented by Victoria University in association with Emerging Writers’ Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, and the City of Maribyrnong.

Littlefoot FREE
Write-ability Salon

Fri 29 May, 6:15 PM

For the second year in a row, writers with disability will take over The Salon during the Emerging Writers’ Festival. This poignant and political event will showcase stories from emerging writers. Evolving from fortnightly Write-ability Writers Group sessions for writers with disability, the Write-ability Salon will unearth the sort of unique and powerful stories that usually go untold. Hosted by Jax Jacki Brown.

This event is proudly presented by Writers Victoria, in collaboration with Arts Access Victoria and the Emerging Writers Festival and is supported by the City of Melbourne 2015 Arts Grants Program.

*Please note this event was incorrectly listed in the printed program. The event will be held on Friday 29 May, 6.15pm – 8pm.

The Wheeler Centre FREE (bookings essential)
#selfies

Sat 30 May, 7:30 PM

What does a picture of yourself say about… yourself? Find out as we challenge eight writers to bare all, pictorially – narrating their inner-selves with a series of selfies. Come hear autobiographical tales in a visually stimulating environment! Bring your iPhone/camera/mirror.

Featuring Ellena Savage, Liam Pieper, Jackson Eaton, Toby Fehily, Minna Gilligan, Sophie Allan and Natasha Theoharous.

Presented in partnership with SPOOK Magazine

Schoolhouse Studios $17 full/$15 concession
Live Podcast Recording: Bring a Plate

Mon 1 Jun, 12:30 PM

See the voices in your headphones come to life with a live lunchtime podcast recording of pop culture comedy podcast Bring a Plate. Fresh from sunny Queensland, Peter Taggart and Rebecca Shaw will record their hilarious podcast live in the Wheeler Centre, chatting with festival writers and reviewing a to-be-announced literary work.

The Wheeler Centre FREE
PWE Readings Extravaganza

Mon 1 Jun, 6:00 PM

So what exactly are tertiary courses producing? Join past and present Professional Writing and Editing students from across Victoria as they perform readings of their works. Refreshments provided!

 


 

Swinburne Writers’ Festival crashes the Emerging Writers’ Festival with past and present students showcasing their work and starting the important conversations.

Presented in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology

Thousand Pound Bend FREE
Travel Slide Night

Mon 1 Jun, 7:30 PM

This ain’t your grandparents slide night. Join us for a night of storytelling and visual feasts from around the world. From the confines of Carlton, we’ll explore the world with the help of incredible storytelling. Featuring Sean Dooley, Ni Made Purnamasari, Aan Mansyur, Harriet McKnight, Amarlie Foster, Laura Stortenbeker, Joe Rubbo and Melody Paloma.

Presented in partnership with the Adventure Handbook and the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange program. The Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Program (WriCE) is an initiative of nonfictionLab at RMIT University.

Bella Union, Trades Hall $17 full/$15 concession
Mixtape Memoirs

Wed 3 Jun, 7:30 PM

The Lifted Brow are bringing back the memories with more Mixtape Memoirs. Hear from six writers as they mull over the music that defines them. What’s the soundtrack to your life? Is it embarrassing? Or are all your musical moments shameless? Featuring artists Adam Curley, Evelyn Morris, Alyx Dennison, Emily Naismith, Richard Wise, Simone Page Jones, and Oliver Mestitz.

Presented in partnership with The Lifted Brow

The Toff In Town $17 full/$15 concession
Writers’ Bloc: Writers’ Other Jobs

Thu 4 Jun, 12:30 PM

If you’re familiar with the awesome team from Writers’ Bloc, you’ll know all about their Writers’ Other Jobs column. We bring these stories off your screens and into a real life performance event. Hear four writers regale you with their workplace tales and how they make writing work with other work.

Thousand Pound Bend FREE
Amazing Babes 2.0

Thu 4 Jun, 7:30 PM

Join us for the babe redux, as a new batch of incredible women perform odes to the amazing babes in their lives. From the fictional lady hero to the bona fide babe, get nourished by the sisterhood in a night of good vibes and good tunes. Hosted by Kiloran Hiscock with Lorelai Vashti, Carly Findlay, Veronica Sullivan, Sian Campbell, Mia Timpano, Elizabeth Flux, Laura Davis and Alia Gabres, plus a DJ set from Maquarie Fletcher.

Presented in partnership with YEN Magazine.

The Workers Club $17 full/$15 concession
Open Archive

Thu 4 Jun, 9:00 PM

Please ensure your electronic devices are switched on for this multimedia, collaborative event that explores the new possibilities of what we once called a ‘reading night’. With text and narration by Justin Wolfers, soundscapes by James Brown, and visuals by Irit Pollak – all mined from various archival sources – watch, read, and engage in the making of this work as it morphs between the interplay of audience and artist.

The Wheeler Centre FREE
#writingwhilefemale

Fri 5 Jun, 9:00 AM

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is excited to dedicate a whole day to the ladies. Featuring panels, workshops and performance, come along to mingle, discuss major issues, and celebrate women in writing.


 

MAIN STAGE

10am – 11am: Writing While Feminist

Digital media has heralded a paradoxical moment in the feminist movement. While it has provided a platform for women’s voices, it has also freed a space for online harassment. Often airing feminist opinion comes with threats, insults, and abuse.

With the advent of Men’s Rights Activists and #gamergate in the last few years, is fear of online harassment stifling women? What are the emotional and psychological ramifications for speaking out loud? What can women writing online do to protect themselves and each other?

Featuring Lou Heinrich, Emma Marie Jones, Clementine Ford and Jessica Yu.


11am – 12pm: Schooling Self-confidence

The writing industry is closer than ever to gender equality, but projects such as the VIDA Count have proven the significant lack of women in by-lines and the upper-reaches of mastheads. Responses to these statistics include claims that women are simply pitching and submitting less, and are more hesitant to go after jobs and promotions than their male counterparts.

Four female figures in Australia’s literary industry will carry out a practical discussion about the attitudes women are conditioned to have towards career and how to overcome them. Topics will include applying for jobs, chasing opportunities, pitching, time management and negotiation.

Featuring Kirsty Murray, Elizabeth Flux, Lisa Dempster, and Andrea Hanke.


12pm – 1pm: Gendered Genres: Women on Women’s Writing

Co-hosted by The Stella Prize

Ruth Franklin has stated that ‘Men’s novels about suburbia…are about society; women’s novels about suburbia…are about women.’ The term ‘Women’s Fiction’ carries with it implications that female writers write from their specific perspectives as women, leaving men to explore the important, universal questions. Similarly, domestic realism in fiction has often led to women’s writing being boxed in as ‘Chick Lit’, while male writers tackling the domestic, such as Karl Ove Knausgaard, are lauded for their honesty and courage.

Do women tell different stories? Are women writers trapped by their gender? What are the causes for these barriers? How might women go about dismantling them, and does the onus to do so lie with them?

Featuring Aviva Tuffield, Emily Bitto, Louise Swinn and Ellen van Neerven.


1pm – 2pm LUNCH


2pm – 3pm: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Being a Girl in the Boys’ Club

Arts degrees and industry sectors are seen as being proliferated with women. However, a closer look will prove this view deceptive, as many women writers wanting to specialise in stereotypically male fields have found. How to break through the ‘Boys’ Club’? Four female writers in sports, gaming, comic writing and tech discuss the challenges they encounter, women writers they admire, and strategies for manoeuvring male-dominated fields.

Featuring Leena van Deventer, Mandy Ord, Courteney Hocking, and Erin Riley.


3pm – 4pm: Writing Women

Inspired by Monash University’s women’s fiction-focused subject, Writing Women, the Emerging Writers’ Festival is excited to pass the reigns over for this special event. Not only featuring, but also coordinated by Monash students, this event will showcase research being undertaken by young scholars in the field of women’s writing. These inspiring students will express their findings and thoughts on topics such as gender binaries in literature, what women’s writing means, gender and literary values. Writing Women is sure to provide an insightful prospective into the future of the Australian literary landscape.

Featuring Stephanie Robertson, Cassandra Dorian, Lynette Kumar and Tegan Webb.


4pm – 5pm: Radical Acts

A performative event featuring Melbourne-based performer and storyteller Tariro Mavondo.


5pm – 5.30pm The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is about sharing women’s stories. Run by Lip Mag, this year’s theme is privilege. We are excited to be announcing the 2015 winner as part of the #writingwhilefemale day.


 

WORKSHOPS

10am Pitch Bitch
Featuring Brigid MullaneGillian Terzis, and Veronica Sullivan

11.45am After the Debut (a how-to)
Featuring Cate Blake and Anna George

2pm Stella Reviewing Masterclass
Featuring Melinda Harvey and Jo Case.

 


 

Presented by Monash University Faculty of Arts in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival and Stella Prize.

The Wheeler Centre $90 full/$75 concession

Workshop

School of Life: Writing as Therapy

Wed 27 May, 6:00 PM

Writing is a tried and tested method for coping with and understanding personal crises, depression, anxieties, stress and traumatic events. It helps us to gain distance from the things that cause us distress. From keeping a daily diary to embarking upon a memoir – from flash fiction to a full-length novel – all forms of writing can help us to shape narrative from chaos. In this three-hour session Sian Prior will encourage you to dip your toes in the healing waters of therapeutic writing, using a variety of techniques and exploring the methods that might work best for you. No experience necessary, and grammar, spelling and writing ability are irrelevant. All participants need to bring is an urge to express themselves, resolve personal dilemmas, a journal (or notepad) and a pen.

School of Life $90 full/$80 concession
The Good Copy: Nuts and Bolts

Thu 28 May, 6:00 PM

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‘Nuts and bolts’ punctuation and grammar classes for writers, readers and people who like to leave the house. Learn where to put the things in the right places so you sound as clever as you are, really. Your emails won’t know themselves. Your articles will be sharpened and your novel won’t even need editing. Presented by The Good Copy’s Penny Modra and Max Olijnyk.

The Good Copy $30 full/$25 concession
ACMI: Writing for the Screen Workshop for Under-20s

Sat 30 May, 9:30 AM

Thinking about studying screenwriting? Have a great idea for a script or screenplay? ACMI’s Intermix program and the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s Writing for the Screen intensive workshop provides budding young screenwriters the perfect platform to develop their next screen writing project.

This one day intensive workshop for young emerging script writers led by Ronnie Scott will assist participants with developing core script-writing skills, from effective narrative structure and successful character development, to creating onscreen worlds and crafting dialogue. Participants will be guided through the steps of crafting a script for a screen based production and gain an understanding of other written formats crucial to pitching a film, including the synopsis and storyboard.

Open to emerging writers aged 15 – 20. Places are limited; to apply, submit a 200 word script pitch along with your details (name, age, contact details) to intermix@acmi.net.au. Submissions close 5pm Tuesday 19th May, successful applicants will be contacted by Saturday 23rd May.

Presented in association with ACMI and proudly supported by Naomi Milgrom AO.

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) FREE (application required)
Writing Intensive for Under-25s

Sun 31 May, 11:00 AM

Are you under 25? Want to get started as a writer but not quite sure how to go about it? This one-off day of workshops at Signal is perfect for young writers just starting out. Discover how to take your first steps towards a career in publishing.

Featuring Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Brodie Lancaster, Jane Howard and Meg Watson.

Presented in association with Express Media

Signal FREE (bookings essential)
Zine Making Workshop

Tue 2 Jun, 12:30 PM

Cut, paste, draw, staple: Zine is a verb. Get your hands dirty in your lunchbreak with a free zine making workshop from Cameron Baker – illustrator and maker of the zine Mote. BYO ideas and bandaids for paper cuts – we’ll provide the rest.

The Wheeler Centre FREE
#writingwhilefemale

Fri 5 Jun, 9:00 AM

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is excited to dedicate a whole day to the ladies. Featuring panels, workshops and performance, come along to mingle, discuss major issues, and celebrate women in writing.


 

MAIN STAGE

10am – 11am: Writing While Feminist

Digital media has heralded a paradoxical moment in the feminist movement. While it has provided a platform for women’s voices, it has also freed a space for online harassment. Often airing feminist opinion comes with threats, insults, and abuse.

With the advent of Men’s Rights Activists and #gamergate in the last few years, is fear of online harassment stifling women? What are the emotional and psychological ramifications for speaking out loud? What can women writing online do to protect themselves and each other?

Featuring Lou Heinrich, Emma Marie Jones, Clementine Ford and Jessica Yu.


11am – 12pm: Schooling Self-confidence

The writing industry is closer than ever to gender equality, but projects such as the VIDA Count have proven the significant lack of women in by-lines and the upper-reaches of mastheads. Responses to these statistics include claims that women are simply pitching and submitting less, and are more hesitant to go after jobs and promotions than their male counterparts.

Four female figures in Australia’s literary industry will carry out a practical discussion about the attitudes women are conditioned to have towards career and how to overcome them. Topics will include applying for jobs, chasing opportunities, pitching, time management and negotiation.

Featuring Kirsty Murray, Elizabeth Flux, Lisa Dempster, and Andrea Hanke.


12pm – 1pm: Gendered Genres: Women on Women’s Writing

Co-hosted by The Stella Prize

Ruth Franklin has stated that ‘Men’s novels about suburbia…are about society; women’s novels about suburbia…are about women.’ The term ‘Women’s Fiction’ carries with it implications that female writers write from their specific perspectives as women, leaving men to explore the important, universal questions. Similarly, domestic realism in fiction has often led to women’s writing being boxed in as ‘Chick Lit’, while male writers tackling the domestic, such as Karl Ove Knausgaard, are lauded for their honesty and courage.

Do women tell different stories? Are women writers trapped by their gender? What are the causes for these barriers? How might women go about dismantling them, and does the onus to do so lie with them?

Featuring Aviva Tuffield, Emily Bitto, Louise Swinn and Ellen van Neerven.


1pm – 2pm LUNCH


2pm – 3pm: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Being a Girl in the Boys’ Club

Arts degrees and industry sectors are seen as being proliferated with women. However, a closer look will prove this view deceptive, as many women writers wanting to specialise in stereotypically male fields have found. How to break through the ‘Boys’ Club’? Four female writers in sports, gaming, comic writing and tech discuss the challenges they encounter, women writers they admire, and strategies for manoeuvring male-dominated fields.

Featuring Leena van Deventer, Mandy Ord, Courteney Hocking, and Erin Riley.


3pm – 4pm: Writing Women

Inspired by Monash University’s women’s fiction-focused subject, Writing Women, the Emerging Writers’ Festival is excited to pass the reigns over for this special event. Not only featuring, but also coordinated by Monash students, this event will showcase research being undertaken by young scholars in the field of women’s writing. These inspiring students will express their findings and thoughts on topics such as gender binaries in literature, what women’s writing means, gender and literary values. Writing Women is sure to provide an insightful prospective into the future of the Australian literary landscape.

Featuring Stephanie Robertson, Cassandra Dorian, Lynette Kumar and Tegan Webb.


4pm – 5pm: Radical Acts

A performative event featuring Melbourne-based performer and storyteller Tariro Mavondo.


5pm – 5.30pm The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is about sharing women’s stories. Run by Lip Mag, this year’s theme is privilege. We are excited to be announcing the 2015 winner as part of the #writingwhilefemale day.


 

WORKSHOPS

10am Pitch Bitch
Featuring Brigid MullaneGillian Terzis, and Veronica Sullivan

11.45am After the Debut (a how-to)
Featuring Cate Blake and Anna George

2pm Stella Reviewing Masterclass
Featuring Melinda Harvey and Jo Case.

 


 

Presented by Monash University Faculty of Arts in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival and Stella Prize.

The Wheeler Centre $90 full/$75 concession
Young Women in Writing

Fri 5 Jun, 1:00 PM

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is excited to host an event dedicated to young women at the QVWC. Running in conjunction with Writing While Female, this event is dedicated to high school students and will feature panels and workshops imparting practical skills and knowledge on the next generation of women. With a keynote address from Clementine Ford, this will include panel sessions where inspiring literary women will discuss issues such as self-confidence, imposter syndrome, and shine theory.

Practical workshops will focus on the ‘hows’ of being a writer, allowing students to gain practical knowledge of pitching, publication avenues, potential career paths, and networking. Speakers will include Amy Gray, Elizabeth Flux, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Kat Muscat, Megan McGrath and Lili Wilkinson. EWF hopes to facilitate a community for young women writers, and will conclude the day with an afternoon tea, with cupcakes provided by Little Cupcakes.

If you are a high school-aged woman who would like to attend this event, or you know someone who is, please express your interest in registering for this event by emailing programming@emergingwritersfestival.org.au with Young Women In Writing in the subject box, and with a short response to the following prompt – “If you could ask a question of any person in history, who and what would you ask?”

Proudly Supported by the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre.

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre FREE (bookings essential)