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August 8, 2018

Public Scribes, Private Encounters

Led by Australian artist and curator Leisa Shelton, SCRIBE is an intimate immersive art experience that collects anonymous experiences from public contributors. In a series of face-to-face sessions with a scribe who listens, converses and records the experience in writing, audiences at MWF will be invited to create an ‘affective archive’ of their inner-most thoughts…

Festival Guide for Curious Souls and Bohemian Spirits

From theatre and performance to spoken word and song – MWF18 is a tribute to the myriad ways words inspire and unite us. For curious souls and bohemian spirits, we’ve compiled our favourite events from the bookish arts party that is this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival.   Sally Seltmann: Lovesome: Is it possible to separate your heart…

August 3, 2018

Pen Empty Chair at MWF18

Truth-telling is a dangerous business. Each year, many writers around the world are unjustly detained, imprisoned, tortured, forced into exile and in other ways silenced, in order to hide or ignore the issues that they bring to light. In 2016, PEN International’s worldwide case list included over 1000 writers: journalists, bloggers, poets, songwriters, novelists, playwrights. Since the…

MWF at Dandenong: Words & Storytelling

As well as activating the city of Melbourne, MWF celebates the cultural richness of the Dandenong community, with a series of free activities and events to inspire readers and writers all backgrounds. Browse through the full range of activities taking place from 25 to 31 August, supported by the City of Greater Dandenong. Storytelling Live:…

Footscray Community Arts Centre: Harness The Power of Art

In the heart of Melbourne’s inner west, Footscray Community Arts Centre is an arts and culture hub for local, regional and international communities. Throughout the Melbourne Writers Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre will play host to a range of events that explore the power of art – from amplifying voices through live poetry and performance, to…

Industry Insights: Sharpen Your Craft at MWF18

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Learn the craft from the creators of the world’s best literature. From masterclasses to seminars, our Industry Insights hands-on workshop series will educate and inspire writers, publishers and editors at all career stages. Industry Insights: All About YA: Young adult fiction is wildly popular…

July 30, 2018

Festival Guide for Change-Makers and Room-Shakers

A platform for open discussion and debate, MWF invites some of the world’s leading authors, artists, activists and advocates to canvas the issues that affect us all. If big ideas and important stories top your Festival agenda, we’ve compiled our favourite sessions for change-makers and room-shakers. Animal Ethics: Is it ever ethical to take an animal’s…

Duets: Lyrical Listening Ahead of MWF18

A tribute to the myriad ways that words move and inspire us, our music stream features live performances from some of Australia’s most powerful young singers and songwriters, followed by conversations with fellow musicians on their craft and creative practice. To get in a musical mood for MWF18, we’ve pulled together a playlist of our…

July 25, 2018

Festival Guide for International Students

At MWF, we understand that cultural and language barriers, financial costs and a hectic study schedule can sometimes dissuade international students from attending literary and arts events. That is why we asked six international students to help us compile a list of student-friendly Festival events, which are accessible, low-cost or free, and run outside class…