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May 14, 2015

FINDING AN AUDIENCE

Lisa Dempster is Director/CEO of Melbourne Writers Festival. Throughout my literary career I’ve experienced first-hand the vital role that festivals play for writers, especially those just starting out, when one of the biggest challenges is finding an audience. I got my own start in the industry at events such as Emerging Writers’ Festival, Format and […]

PAPER CUTS COMPETITION 2015

Bridgette Van Diepen from Nossal High School, Berwick shares her experience as runner up in last year’s inaugural Paper Cuts competition. Secondary school students were invited to create a book trailer (short film) of their favourite book or design a book cover in any media. Rushing to Penguin Offices in Docklands one unusually warm winter […]

May 6, 2015

ON DAILY INSPIRATION AND ROUTINES

Jessica Yu is the recipient of the Young Writers Innovation Prize 2014 and founding editor of interactive narrative website, Betanarratives. Her short story, Keh Kut, won Best Fiction Published in an Express Media Publication 2014 and her essay, Flab and Excess: On Women, Writing and the Publishing Industry was selected as one of the top 10 pieces published […]

May 3, 2015

EDITORIALLY SPEAKING

Adolfo Aranjuez is the editor of Metro, subeditor of Screen Education magazine and a freelance writer/speaker. His novella Amadeo: Changing Latitudes — a fictionalised account of his first year in Melbourne, after migrating here at 15 — was released in 2014. Adolfo Aranjuez is one of MWF’s 30 Under 30. Find him online at adolfoaranjuez.com […]

April 30, 2015

WRITING CAN BE A LONELY STRUGGLE

Alexandra Neill is a writer, arts administrator and blogger based in Melbourne. Currently she is a co-director at the National Young Writers Festival, project officer for the ABC’s Heywire program and coordinator of The Signal Express. Alexandra Neill is one of MWF’s 30 Under 30. Find her online at alexandraneill.com and @paper_bag_girl. Growing up in […]

April 23, 2015

WORDS CAN MAKE US A “MEMBER” OF ANYTHING

Louris van de Geer is a playwright based in Melbourne. Her most recent work, Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting For You, premiered at the 2014 Next Wave Festival in partnership with ACMI. Louris van de Geer is currently studying a Masters of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts and is one […]

April 10, 2015

THE REAL REWARDS OF PUBLISHING

I gave a guest lecture at Melbourne University recently on the magazine industry, to a class of prospective publishing students. I don’t like harping on about the slow death of print media, because frankly, I don’t believe it’s dying. I wanted to give a positive lecture; pass on the many rewards of working in magazines, […]

March 23, 2015

FREE EVENT – CRITICAL MATTERS: BOOK REVIEWING NOW

Monash University is excited to be working with our friends at Melbourne Writers’ Festival on Critical Matters: Book Reviewing Now! The first of its kind ever held in Australia, the inaugural Critical Matters: Book Reviewing Now symposium will be taking place in Melbourne on 9 April 2015. Hosted by the Centre for the Book, Monash […]

March 6, 2015

10 WOMEN WRITERS TO WATCH IN 2015

To celebrate International Womens Day, Festival Director Lisa Dempster and Program Manager Jo Case have put together a list (in no particular order) of 1o women writers to look out for this year: 1. Kim Gordon – Former Sonic Youth singer/bassist, her memoir Girl in a Band  is getting great reviews and earning comparisons to Patti Smith’s […]

February 25, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS AUDIENCE ADVOCATES

Each year MWF audiences bring the Festival to life by responding passionately to the ideas and writing at the heart of our events – through conversations online, live at our events, or in bars and restaurants afterwards. As Festival Director, I strive to weave opportunities for reflection, discussion and feedback into everything MWF does as […]

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 […]

January 22, 2015

GABRIELLE WANG: AUSTRALIA DAY IS

I feel a sense of pride and a sense of shame when it comes to Australia Day. The official line states that it is “a day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.” It goes on to say that it is a “day for […]