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Emerging Writers' Festival

The Emerging Writers' Festival (EWF), Australia's premier festival for new and emerging writers, features ten days of exploration, professional development and entertainment designed for storytellers of all kinds from June 14 – 23.

Programmed in venues across Melbourne's CBD, Footscray and Dandenong, the festival includes the EWF Formal, marking 25 years since the publication of Melina Marchetta's classic Looking for Alibrandi; Tipping Points, a play about climate change created in 24 hours; and Love Show, a performance by Quippings: Disability Unleashed, a collective of performers with bodies and minds of unending variation.

Other highlights include Lost the Plot, an evening of wacky and wordy literary games, and Bad Writing, a celebration of failed genre experiments and juvenilia. Check the EWF website for full program details. 

Developed in collaboration with former Artistic Director Michaela McGuire, this year's program is a combination of legacy and looking forward. The Emerging Writers' Festival exists to support, nurture and promote storytellers of the future. The mixture of vocational, sincere and downright irreverent events makes EWF one of Australia's most unique festivals.

Access at EWF

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is committed to making the festival an accessible and welcoming event for all writers. They provide a range of services and facilities to make the festival accessible to everyone. If you have access requirements, please make a note during booking your tickets or phoning prior to your visit.


Please check individual event listings on the EWF website for access information and if the event is already being Auslan interpreted. Additional Auslan interpreters can be provided upon request. Please contact us if there is an event you would like interpreted.

Companion Card holders receive a complimentary ticket to support people with a disability. Companion tickets must be booked at the same time as the purchased ticket.

Event type: Other. Title: The Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship. Date: Oct 1–31 2017. Ticket cost:

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Event type: Other. Title: Inclusive movement-based program for Adults in the City of Melton. Date: Oct 3–26 2017. Ticket cost: FREE

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Event type: Exhibition. Title: Why Art. Date: Oct 12–Dec 14 2017. Ticket cost: Free Accessibility features: Accessible venue,

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