Work With Us

Employment, volunteering, internships.

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is staffed year-round by a small team of six people: Festival Director / CEO; Marketing & Development Manager; General Manager; Program Manager; Development Executive; and Festival Administrator. The team grows as each Festival approaches and we welcome production managers, marketers, artist liaison, front-of-house and customer service staff, who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to the task of staging this ten day celebration. We are based out of our office on Little Lonsdale Street until we relocate to Fed Square for two weeks during the Festival itself. If you are interested in working with us, please check this page regularly, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or subscribe to our e-news via the link at the end of this page for updates on employment opportunities.


Artistic Director

Melbourne Writers Festival is seeking its next Artistic Director to design and deliver festivals that inspire, challenge and delight existing and new audiences in 2018 and beyond.

The Artistic Director provides the organisation’s artistic vision and curatorial leadership and is responsible for initiating, developing and delivering the artistic program. The Artistic Director is deeply committed to literature, writing and ideas, and to creating extraordinary audience experiences. The successful candidate will demonstrate global thinking, and the capacity to develop the Festival’s reach and impact as a cornerstone event in Australia’s literary and cultural calendar.

For more information and to apply, download the position description.


2017 internship applications have now closed.


MWF relies on the generosity of around 200 volunteers to assist with the successful delivery of our annual Festival. Volunteers fulfil a variety of roles across the Festival, including administration, customer relations, front-of-house, artist liaison and more. We provide a friendly and supportive environment, where volunteers learn new and valuable skills, meet people who share their interests and above all, have an enjoyable and rewarding experience. All volunteers receive a Festival t-shirt and a Festival Pass, gaining entry to all MWF events at Fed Square.

Check back to see when 2017 volunteer applications are open.

25 August – 3 September