Audience Advocates

Become an Audience Advocate and help shape our 2017 Festival.

Applications for Audience Advocates have now closed.

MWF has long been a place for discussion. Each year our audiences bring the Festival to life by responding passionately to the writing and ideas at the heart of our events.

If you love MWF we’d like to invite you to play a part in shaping our 2017 Festival.

Audience Advocates

Audience Advocates is a committee of self-nominated Festival audience members who contribute to the development of the Festival program. Working directly with Festival Director Lisa Dempster, Audience Advocates assist the MWF programming team to ensure our 2017 Festival is innovative, engaging and reflects the broad interests of Melbourne’s reading community.

We are looking for all kinds of readers with all kinds of ideas! So if you are passionate about reading and love MWF, this is a great opportunity to get involved and contribute to the future direction of the Festival.

Role and responsibilities

Following an online application process, the Festival Director will select 12 Audience Advocates, who will be invited to attend four mandatory programming meetings from 5.30 to 7pm on Tuesday 7 February, 7 March, 2 May and 26 September 2017.

Meetings will take place at The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne and light refreshments will be provided.

At these meetings, chaired by the Festival Director, Audience Advocates will:

  • Discuss writers, themes, events and topics they would like to see programmed into the 2017 Festival;
  • Brainstorm with the Festival Director about events she is curating for the 2017 Festival;
  • Review and comment upon programming ideas submitted by MWF audience members via social media and our Digital Suggestion Box;
  • Debrief with the Festival Director in September.

The role of Audience Advocate is voluntary. However in recognition of commitment and time given, each Audience Advocate will receive:

  • Invitations to MWF’s Program Launch, Opening Night and other special events;
  • A Festival 10 Pack; and
  • Acknowledgement on the MWF website.

How to apply

Our Audience Advocates committee provides a unique opportunity for a small group of people to experience life ‘behind the scenes’ of a leading cultural event.

No special literary knowledge or programming experience is required – just a passion for reading and an interest in talking about good writing and ideas!

To apply, please read all of the information above, then complete this short questionnaire. You may also find it useful to read our FAQs.

Applications close 5pm Friday 6 January 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified before Monday 16 January 2017.

25 August – 3 September