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Way with words? Walk this way

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is coming to town again for its 10th year. Across 11 days a raft of wordy events will pique the interest of poets, bloggers, novelists, and other wordsmiths. Combining an industry conference with parties, workshops, panels, performances and networking events, the festival is set to bring emerging writers of all stripes into contact with established writers and industry professionals.

Read our interview with new director Sam Twyford-Moore.

There's so much to see at this year's festival... starting with these:

24 Frames per Sentence: Screenwriting Intensive

ACMI, 29 May

Screenwriters Amanda Brotchie, Sian Davis and Annabelle Murphy will discuss how writers work and flourish in the industry of screenwriting through partnerships and compromise and with imagination.

Emerging Q&A with Benjamin Law

Federation Square, 27 May Novelist, columnist and damn funny writer Benjamin Law will be hosting the Emerging Writers Festival’s version of Q&A with Khairani ‘Okka’ Barokka, Lisa Dempster, Elmo Keep, Matrin McKenzie Murray and Simon Tedeschi as his guests.

Turn The Words Up Loud

The Toff, 29 May

There are plenty of writers out there who consider themselves rock stars, but we think it is exceptionally awesome when a musician decides to put down their microphone/guitar/drumsticks and wield a pen.

Wild, Wild Life: An evening of animal stories

The Abbotsford Convent, 1 Jun

Writers and illustrators will tell tales of close encounters with the animal kingdom. Sound artist Michael Prior has put together a soundtrack of wild animal noises to accompany the stories throughout the evening.

Sweat Shop Stories

Melbourne Town Hall, 25 May

Presented by Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement in association with the University of Western Sydney Writing & Society Research Centre exclusively for the Emerging Writers Festival, Sweat Shop Stories sees eight powerful writers reveal the truths about Sydney’s west.


For the full details, check the EWF website.

By Anneliese Weinhandl   |  

Emerging Writers' Festival 2013 details

176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9094 7800

Nearby Stations: Melbourne Central

Date 23 May 2013-02 Jun 2013

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