Festival audiences have inquisitive minds. Here's all you need to know about winding your way through MWF18.

For Schools’ Program FAQs, please click here. If you have any other general enquiries, you are welcome to contact the festival via the Contact Us page here.

MWF18 is a celebration of joy, empathy and life itself. However, the Festival contains discussions that may be distressing to some audiences, on topics including sexual assault, abuse, death, suicide, self-harm, animal death, pregnancy and stillbirth, mental illness, eating disorders, racism, sexism, ableism and homophobia.

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Festival Dates

When is the Festival?

The 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival will take place from 24 August to 2 September.

Festival Information

Can I request a copy of the printed Festival program?

The best way to access the full Festival program is via our website or mobile apps (Android and iOS) – these include all Festival events and the most up-to-date information. You can browse and search the full program here.

Our printed Festival Planner includes a selection of Festival events, and is available from our box office, as well as Readings bookshops. The online version of the Festival Planner brochure is also available to download here.

A limited number of Festival Planners are available by post. Please call our box office on 03 9999 1199 and we will post a copy, subject to availability.

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If you are experiencing problems buying tickets via our website, please consider downloading our MWF App (iOS and Android) or call our box office on 03 9999 1199.


When will tickets go on sale?

The full program is on sale now, and tickets will be available until the end of the Festival on Sunday 2 September.

How do I buy tickets?

The easiest way to buy tickets is online at mwf.com.au or through the free Melbourne Writers Festival App for iOS or Android. Browse the program, purchase tickets, then show your tickets on screen at the door – no printing required!

You can also book over the phone or in person at the box office.

03 9999 1199 (10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday)

Advance box office
20 July – 23 August
Level 1, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday)

Festival box office
24 August – 2 September
Atrium Entrance, Fed Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
(9am – 30 minutes after last session commences, daily)

How can I use my pass to book tickets?

Passholders can redeem their passes by using the Book On a Pass option on each session page. For more information on using your pass, see the Ticketing FAQshere.

How much are tickets?

Prices vary depending on the event you wish to attend, and a single booking fee applies per online or phone transaction. Please check session pages for individual pricing information, or call our box office for more information on 03 9999 1199.

For more information on tickets and booking fees, see the Ticketing FAQshere.

Do I need to book tickets for a free event?

Most of our free events are drop in with no bookings required, with the exception of the Schools’ Program. However, bookings are required for a small number of free sessions. For these sessions you will see ‘Free, Bookings Required’ under the event description and further details on this process.

Can I buy tickets on the day?

Yes, subject to availability. Visit the MWF box office located at the Fed Square Atrium entrance off Flinders Street. We recommend booking online to avoid box office queues. Tickets are available to purchase online until the event starts.

Am I eligible for the concession price on tickets?

Concessions apply to children* (16 years and under), full-time students, Health Care Card holders, pensioners and seniors. *Except where children’s ticket price applies.

Can I purchase a gift vouchers for MWF?

Yes! Purchase a MWF 5 or 10 Pass as a gift for a friend – and download a special MWF gift card to include with the Pass.

Can I bring my child to MWF events?

Events which are suitable for children are in our Children & Teens program stream.  You can search by program stream filters here. Children (16 years and under) must be accompanied by an adult, and all persons must have a valid ticket to enter ticketed sessions.  For more information, call our box office on 03 9999 1199.

During the Festival

Where can I go for assistance or information during the Festival?

Please visit our staff at the MWF box office at Fed Square, or approach any of our volunteers who will be happy to help.

How long are events?

Festival events are one hour in duration, unless otherwise stated.

Can I buy books at the Festival?

Of course! MWF’s Official Bookseller Readings will have titles by participating authors for sale during the Festival. You can visit the Readings Festival Bookshop in the Atrium at Fed Square.

Can I get my book signed?

Authors appearing in Fed Square events will be available to sign copies of their work at the Readings Festival Bookshop directly after their sessions. The MWF18 program showcases a number of artists who do not have books.

Getting around

Fed Square

By train
The closest train station is Flinders Street Railway Station.

By tram
Take tram routes 1, 3, 3A, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 or 72 to stop 13 on Swanston Street (Flinders Street Station); or take tram routes 35, 70 and 75 to stops 5 (Flinders Street Station) and 6 (Russell Street) on Flinders Street, near Fed Square.

By car
The Fed Square car park is accessible from Russell Street or Batman Ave (Exhibition Street extension – City Link)

By bike
Free bike racks are available in and around Fed Square. Public car parking is available at Fed Square and in Flinders Lane.

By taxi
A taxi rank is located outside Flinders Street station.

Animal Church at 524 Flinders

By tram
From Fed Square, take tram route 35, 70, or 75 to Melbourne Aquarium, or route 12, 96, 109 to stop 124 at Bateman Park.

By train
Southern Cross Station is the closest train station in walking distance, at approximately 400m.

Mission to Seafarers

By tram
From Fed Square, take tram route 35 (free City Circle tram), 70 or 75 to stop D5 or D6; or route 11 or 48 to stop D15.

By train
Flinders Street is the closest train station.

By car
Public car parking available directly behind the building

Does MWF offer wheelchair access, Auslan interpreters or hearing loops?

Most venues have wheelchair access, selected events have Auslan interpreters and many venues provide hearing loops. Details are included on individual session and venue pages of the website, or on the Access page.

If you are buying tickets online, please enter any access requirements when prompted at checkout. Alternatively, call 03 9999 1199 to book seats with wheelchair access or to discuss your needs.

Does MWF accept Companion Cards?

Yes. Companion Card holders may book in person at our box office, via phone on 03 9999 1199 or email to ticketing@mwf.com.au. A copy of your valid Companion Card is required.

For more information about accessing MWF, visit our access page here.

About Melbourne

About Melbourne

Melbourne is a city of festivals where every day is a celebration of art, culture, sport and food. A city rich with history and personality, you can spend weeks exploring Melbourne’s vibrant suburbs, days discovering its many secret laneways and hours reading a good book in one of its many cafes. Melbourne is a UNESCO City of Literature: international recognition of Melbourne’s literary culture and heritage. Given the city’s reputation as a hub of creative talent, it comes as no surprise that Melbourne continues to inspire writers, from Christos Tsiolkas to Helen Garner.

Melbourne Writers Festival reflects the city’s cultural diversity and creativity, storytelling and style. Explore our vibrant culture, cafes, laneways, galleries, architecture and restaurants as part of your Festival experience.

For a wealth of information on what to see and do in Melbourne and regional Victoria, and to help you plan your visit, head to thatsmelbourne.com.au and visitvictoria.com.


Coming from out of town? We recommend booking your Festival accommodation at our preferred partner hotel, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.