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May 18, 2018

Win a Year of Reading

To get you in the mood for MWF18, we’re offering one lucky lit-lover the chance to win a Year of Reading, 52 books from this year’s Festival.

June 12, 2018

Intern Blog: Adaptations

by Sasha Gattermayr The age-old question: Do you read the book before you see the movie? Adaptations are notoriously fraught with artistic danger. How does a filmmaker balance the deeper intention behind the writer’s work with their own creative vision? Is an adaptation a separate work of art that poses different questions than the original…

Meet the Intern: Sasha

What do you like to do when you’re not interning? Watching The West Wing. Seriously. It consumes almost all my free time. (But also cooking for my friends, seeing movies, and reading). If you could be any fictional character for a week, who would you be? Miss Marple. Why did you decide to intern? I’d…

June 5, 2018

Rob McDonald and Toni Jordan: Writing Your Way Up

Mentors play an invaluable role for many emerging writers, a source of inspiration, accountability, and much-needed emotional support. Here, emerging novelist whose unpublished manuscript, The Nancys, was highly commended in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Rob McDonald, and award-winning novelist whose books include the international bestseller Addition and Our Tiny, Useless Hearts, Toni Jordan, discuss the writing…

Meet the Intern: Anneliz Erese

MWF program intern Anneliz answers the tough questions. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? Watching TV series and movies, editing for a digital journal for Filipino creatives called ALPAS Journal, writing, reading, hanging out on Pinterest, daydreaming. If you could be any fictional character for a week, who would you be?…

May 30, 2018

Intern Blog: Everyone Needs Literary Festivals

by Jean Yu I was once a quiet reader in bed. My Kindle in the dark was more wondrous than exploring amongst the bustling crowds of a book fair. When we read a book, we see a world in miniature – that’s why I enjoy reading. Charles Dickens and David Copperfield shall always be my favourites.…

Meet the Intern: Jean Yu

MWF program intern Jean answers the tough questions. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? I like to hang out and dine with friends, and invite friends to watch movies at home. (I got a little projection thing so…save the money!) If you could be any fictional character for a week, who…

May 28, 2018

MWF Program Manager, Jessica Alice, announced as Writers SA Director

We’re delighted that our colleague Jessica Alice will soon join Writers SA as Director. “As MWF program manager, Jessica has curated and managed vibrant, inclusive, and exciting festival programs. We wish her every success in her new role, and her continued contribution to Australia’s literary landscape,” said Shona Barrett, Melbourne Writers Festival CEO. Jessica is…

May 22, 2018

Intern Blog: Five Essential Writers for Interpreting Trump’s America

by Benjamin Clark We live in confusing times. Not least because the leader of the free world seems hell-bent on keeping us constantly confused. Each day there are more bamboozling tweets, more ‘alternative facts’, more calculated misdirection. Never has the role of writers and journalists been more vital. To distill truth and meaning in the swirling…

Meet the Intern: Benjamin

MWF marketing and development intern Benjamin answers the tough questions. What do you like to do when you’re not interning? I enjoy reading, writing, watching Netflix and patting my very excitable doggo Rusty. If you could be any fictional character for a week, who would you be? I’d be Hermione from Harry Potter. Harry gets…

May 21, 2018

Read, Write, Draw, Debate: The 2018 Schools’ Program is Now Live

Whether it’s crafting the perfect character, penning poignant hip-hop or bringing your own fantastic beasts to life, Australia’s largest literary festival for students has plenty to keep the next generation of creative talent occupied this August. Crammed full of discussion, debate, performance and practical pointers, our Schools’ Program spans over 70 sessions and more than 60 speakers including Australia’s most…