Blog category: News

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…

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…

June 23, 2016

GARETH MORGAN WINS MWF CREATIVE WRITING PRIZE

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts was thrilled to award Bachelor of Arts (Honours) student Gareth Morgan with the inaugural Melbourne Writers Festival Creative Writing Prize. Michael Webster, Chair of the Melbourne Writers Festival Board, was on hand to present the award at the 2016 Faculty of Arts Awards Ceremony. In partnership with the…

May 31, 2016

STUDENT BLOG: FEMINISM AND FAN FICTION

Modern culture is very diverse, and the internet has made sharing your voice and opinion the easiest it’s ever been. Whether you’re sharing where you’ve been or what you’re writing, the internet has changed society as a whole. I love fan fiction. It takes me, and other people, to places they have never been. Even…

May 30, 2016

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

The shortlist for this year’s Environmental Award for Children’s Literature (EACL) – an annual award run by The Wilderness Society – has just been announced. Since 1994, the EACL has celebrated children’s books which promote a love of nature and a sense of responsibility for the environment. The Wilderness Society believes supporting a love of…

March 29, 2016

MWF teams up with Canberra Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival is delighted to be working with Canberra Writers Festival on its inaugural three-day event from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August 2016 – a new arrival that is sure to thrill bookworms of all ages. Canberra Writers Festival will ignite our nation’s capital, attracting lovers of good books and writing from around…