The National Writers’ Conference

The cornerstone event of the Emerging Writers' Festival

Across the 18th and 19th of June, industry professionals from around Australia will converge on the State Library of Victoria for the National Writers’ Conference. The two-day Conference is programmed to inform and inspire writers of all genres and styles.

Ranging from the emerging to the established, writers and panellists offer exciting and varied perspectives on the industry, sharing the ins and outs of their writing lives, deconstructing and discussing the art, the craft and business of being a writer.

Check out the program

Meet the 2016 Ambassadors

Each year, EWF invites five Ambassadors to participate in the National Writers’ Conference to share their experience, insight and knowledge with the next generation of writers.

This group of Ambassadors–an award-winning poet, rapper and author from Queanbeyan, a beloved lawyer, food writer and television chef, an internationally acclaimed writer and academic, an esteemed writer, journalist and essayist, and a Walkley award-winning political cartoonist and national treasure represent an extraordinary range of talents, and the best of writing in Australia today.

We are thrilled at the prospect of spending a weekend in the company of these five brilliant minds.

First Dog on the Moon, Alice Pung, Adam Liaw, Omar Musa, Chandani Lokuge

The Conference Ambassadors are proudly presented by our Principal Education Partner Monash University


The full program can be viewed here.


18th – 19th of June


State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre


Weekend, Day and Special Events passes available

Tickets available now.