Blog category: News

September 10, 2015

AN EXTREMIST FAN GIRL’S TAKE ON AUSSIE BESTSELLERS

Melbourne Writers Festival has teamed up with Victoria University once again for the Reviewer for a Day program. Discover more MWF15 reviews on the VU Blog. This is Sarah Halfpenny’s review of Aussie Bestsellers, edited by Vanessa Wiltshire. Halfpenny has a name that sounds like it’s straight out of a Bond movie (but is really annoying to spell…

July 28, 2015

APPLY NOW: REVIEWER FOR A DAY

I am a big fan of blogging as a platform for creativity and communication – in fact, across three years as MWF Director I have brought some of the world’s best international bloggers to Melbourne to take part in the fun of the festival, including Bike Snob NYC, Tavi Gevinson, Brain Pickings and, this year,…

February 5, 2015

ARE YOU OUR NEXT STAR INTERN?

  At MWF, interns play a vital role in delivering the Festival and become true members of our Festival family. We love having interns as part of our team and do our best to provide a meaningful (and memorable) experience for them. Here’s what a few of last year’s interns said about their experience at…

September 8, 2016

BEHIND EVERY GREAT WRITER…

Guest post from Editors Victoria Behind every great writer is a great editor. Or two. Sometimes even three! Did you know that manuscripts can pass through the hands of several editors? On its way to being published, a book can be worked on by a commissioning editor, developmental editor, structural editor, copy editor and, just…

August 5, 2016

BIG IDEAS AT MWF 2016

Big issues and challenging ideas abound in the news. It can be overwhelming, but MWF provides a great opportunity to unpack these ideas with trusted and admired thinkers. Public discussions can help provide perspective and context by bringing together varying viewpoints and helping you see arguments in a different light. With the help of The…

February 16, 2016

BLAK & BRIGHT

This weekend sees the debut of Blak & Bright, Victoria’s first Indigenous Literary Festival. Across three days Blak & Bright will present a wealth of wonderful events for readers who are curious about discovering great books and stories by Indigenous writers. With over 50 writers and 20 sessions – which are mostly free or low-cost –…

August 24, 2014

BLURB BLOG TO BOOK CHALLENGE

HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK IN ELEVEN DAYS … Congratulations to the three bloggers who have taken up the Blurb Blog to Book challenge to design and publish a book based on their blog-writings, from cover to cover, all during the eleven days of the Festival. Karys McEwen The Something Fine Project @karysrhiann “I feel…

August 28, 2014

BOB BROWN: FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE

I first discovered that Bob Brown was the bee’s knees when I started following his progress with the topical animal rights group the Sea Shepherd, and their success with Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, a great win for not only the whale nursery they saved, but for the Goolarabooloo people. Because Brown is a man of strong…

June 25, 2014

CHRIS HADFIELD AT #MWF14

There is something so fascinating about astronauts – they are an elite group who have literally gone out of this world, and seen our earth from another perspective. Like millions of viewers around the world last year, I was absolutely delighted when Chris Hadfield released his viral Youtube sensation Space Oddity, filmed on board the…

June 10, 2014

CLAIRE ZORN: WRITER VS WEIRDO

I used to write a lot of stories, but I stopped in my early teens because I had these notions of the sort of person a writer should be and they didn’t match the person I was. I spent a lot of time in my head as a kid. I would imagine up these intricate…