Melbourne Writers Festival is Victoria's winter celebration for readers, writers and thinkers.


Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is for everyone who reads.

MWF brings together writers from around the world to celebrate literature, explore ideas, and inspire readers. Each year we invite our audience to be challenged, be entertained, to learn and be inspired through a buzzing program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events.

The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. Our highly regarded Schools’ Program is Australia’s biggest literary festival for students.

We respectfully acknowledge that Melbourne Writers Festival takes place on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation, in particular the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people. We pay respects to Elders past and present, and to the Elders of all communities and cultures across Victoria.

Strategic Direction and Goals

Our strategic direction for the coming years will allow MWF to focus on the areas of innovation, diversity and connection to build on past programming successes and consolidate its position as a literary festival of local importance and international stature. Introducing more inclusivity and fun to the MWF program remains an important goal of the Festival. 2016’s record attendance of over 73,000 indicates that we are on the right track, and we will continue to create stimulating, meaningful moments that inspire a lasting passion for reading and ideas.

Word Alliance

MWF is part of the Word Alliance, a strategic international partnership which supports and showcases the work of writers and facilitates the creation of international literature projects. MWF utilises this network of eight leading international literature festivals, together with funding from Australia Council, to promote Australian writers to the world. This collaboration has resulted in the execution of global literary projects such as bringing Jaipur Literature Festival and the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference to Melbourne, ensuring that Melbourne City of Literature has a place on the global literary stage.

Festival Dates

Dates currently planned for upcoming Festivals are:
24 August to 2 September 2018
23 August to 1 September 2019

24 August –
2 September 2018