National Writers' Conference 2018

On June 23 and 24, Australia’s largest gathering of emerging writers returns to State Library Victoria. A perfect mix of emerging and established speakers, this two-day conference covers craft, industry insights and networking for writers of all genres and forms.

This year's National Writers' Conference will see an expanded program of over 70 artists across two days of panels, discussions, workshops and new opportunities for networking with industry peers and professionals. View the timetable or click here to see the PDF version of the program.

You can purchase a conference pass for the entire weekend, or day passes for either Saturday or Sunday. Select sessions are also available to purchase individually.

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5×5 Rules of Writing

Saturday 23 June
10-11am

Industry Insiders: Show Me The Money

Saturday 23 June
11am-12pm

Creating a World

Saturday 23 June
11am-12pm

Workshop: Writing for Online Audiences

Saturday 23 June
11am-12pm

Two Wit

Saturday 23 June
12-12.45pm

Faber Writing Academy Case Study

Saturday 23 June
12-12.45pm

On Mentorship

Saturday 23 June
12-12.45pm

Rewriting Country

Saturday 23 June
1.30-2.30pm

Writing the Personal

Saturday 23 June
1.30-2.30pm

Ask Me Anything: Isobelle Carmody

Saturday 23 June
1.30-2.30pm

Industry Insiders: What Publishers Wish You Knew

Saturday 23 June
2.30-3.30pm

Literature as Reclamation

Saturday 23 June
2.30-3.30pm

Ask Me Anything: Melissa Lucashenko

Saturday 23 June
2.30-3.30pm

Pitch it! Book Publishers

Saturday 23 June
3.45pm

Workshop: Finding Your Voice
A Writing Life

Saturday 23 June
3.45-4.30pm

A Creative Career

Saturday 23 June
4.30-5pm

Fail Better: Networking Drinks

Saturday 23 June
5pm

Feedback Loops

Sunday 24 June
10-11am

Talkies

Sunday 24 June
10-11am

#Winning

Sunday 24 June
11am-12pm

Debut Works

Sunday 24 June
11am-12pm

Ask Me Anything: Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Sunday 24 June
11am-12pm

Writing and Research

Sunday 24 June
12-12.45pm

Beyond Text: Performance Writing

Sunday 24 June
12-12.45pm

Self-Publishing Pathways

Sunday 24 June
12-12.45pm

Poetics and Power

Saturday 24 June
1.30-2.30pm

Ask Me Anything: Stuart Grant

Sunday 24 June
1.30-2.30pm

Subverting Genre

Sunday 24 June
1:30 pm–2.30pm

Industry Insiders: What Editors Want

Sunday 24 June
2.30-3.30pm

Art, Money, Labour

Sunday 24 June
2.30-3.30pm

Ask Me Anything: Ellen van Neerven

Sunday 24 June
3.30-3.30pm

Hachette Case Study

Sunday 24 June
3.45-4.30pm

Pitch it! Magazine Editors

Sunday 24 June
3.45pm

Workshop: Short Story Writing

Sunday 24 June
3.45-5pm

Literary Selfies

Sunday 24 June
4.30-5pm

Sweatshop Showcase

Sunday 24 June
5pm

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