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 beloved scientist Dr Karl, prolific YA author and ‘Queen of Teen’ Juno Dawson, Academy Award–winning film-maker and artist Shaun Tan, musical comedian Sammy J, human rights advocate and creative disruptor Anita Heiss, and author of Living on Hope Street, Demet Divaroren.

‘Frankly I am giddily excited to share this collection of events with school friends new and old. Crammed with talks, poetry, provocations, discussions, workshops, and some intensely kind and interesting artists spilling the content of their brains like word-confetti, this program has been carefully cooked up by the creative masterchefs at MWF to speak to us all as students, writers, readers and humans,’ artistic director Marieke Hardy said. ‘The 2018 Festival theme explores life, death, joy, impermanence, art and survival. We all reach for what we need at various stages of our lives to keep going. I hope you find something you need in this program.’

With over 13,000 students attaching each year, our sessions sell out fast. Explore the full program and book now to avoid disappointment.