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.


We don’t currently have any vacant positions. Check back soon!


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.


Internships are now open! Help us bring MWF 2017 to life and gain a unique opportunity to cultivate valuable skills in an arts festival, to contribute to an exciting area of the Festival, and to gain behind-the-scenes insights into one of Melbourne’s most prestigious arts events. Our voluntary internship program is designed for people who want to complete a placement as part of an educational course, and people keen to develop their professional experience and skills. Interns work within the Programming and Marketing & Development teams, with mentorship from senior staff and have the opportunity to develop individual projects.

Marketing, Development & Events interns will observe complex marketing, publicity and fundraising activities, working alongside staff to learn on-the-job skills in the execution of digital and traditional marketing; publicity campaigns; sponsorship and fundraising initiatives and deliverables; and coordination of supporter and stakeholder events. One intern will work directly within MWF’s PR agency as a publicity & PR intern.

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

Program interns will observe festival programming, management and artist liaison, working alongside the Programming team throughout its extensive and complex planning process to learn on-the-job arts management skills. Program interns are given the opportunity to produce a component of the Festival program.

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

Applications close 9am, Monday 6 March.

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