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June 27, 2018

Using State Archives to Research and Write your Story

This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week was ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’. Reconciliation Australia challenged all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by exploring the history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. There is so much Victorian history that is yet to be fully […]

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 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 […]

May 18, 2018

For the Love of Literature: Win a Year of Reading

There’s nothing more satisfying than a bookshelf groaning under the weight of new reads – pages filled with places to discover and characters to meet. 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. While we can’t reveal […]

September 20, 2017

The Best of #MICROREVIEW 2017

Our MicroReview project returned this year, seeing plenty of book-loving MWF followers contributing 140-word literary reviews that showed the incredible wit of our community. The best entries won a pack of custom MWF 2017 Moleskine notebooks, thanks to our friends at Notemaker. Check out all the entries, including the winning reviews below: [View the story “#MicroReview […]

August 18, 2017

Marieke Hardy is MWF’s New Artistic Director

Melbourne Writers Festival has announced a new leadership team for MWF18 and beyond. Writer, producer and literary critic Marieke Hardy will become the festival’s Artistic Director, with Shona Barrett moving into the role of CEO. Board Chair John Myers said Marieke Hardy would build on the success of MWF Festival Director and CEO Lisa Dempster, […]

May 25, 2017

Magenta Sheridan Wins 2017 MWF Creative Writing Prize

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts has awarded Bachelor of Arts (Honours) student Magenta Sheridan with the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival Creative Writing Prize. Now in its second year, the Prize is a joint partnership between MWF and University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts, celebrating and supporting new creative writing talent. Chair of the […]

September 8, 2016

YOUR FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN BOOKS

Over the 10 days of MWF 2016, we ran an Instagram competition with our friends at Text Publishing. The prize? All 100 Text Classics – not too shabby, eh? We asked our followers to post a photo of or with their favourite Australian book, and received dozens of entries, with eager bookworms shouting out to varied titles including Looking […]

THE BEST OF #MICROREVIEW 2016

Our MicroReview project returned this year, seeing plenty of book-loving MWF followers contributing 140-word literary reviews that showed the incredible wit of our community. The best entries won a pack of special MWF 2016 Moleskine notebooks, thanks to our friends at Notemaker. Here’s a selection of highlights from the game. Thanks for playing! [<a href=”//storify.com/MelbWritersFest/microreview-2016″ target=”_blank”>View […]