Festival audiences have inquisitive minds. Here's all you need to know about winding your way through MWF18.
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.
The 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival will take place from 24 August to 2 September.
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.
Our website is designed to work on the latest default installations of Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Safari on both Mac and PC. Users' own network or proxy settings, or third-party extensions or apps, may affect how the website works and in some instances prevent ticketing information from loading.
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.
The full program is on sale now, and tickets will be available until the end of the Festival on Sunday 2 September.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Please visit our staff at the MWF box office at Fed Square, or approach any of our volunteers who will be happy to help.
Festival events are one hour in duration, unless otherwise stated.
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.
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.
The closest train station is Flinders Street Railway Station.
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.
The Fed Square car park is accessible from Russell Street or Batman Ave (Exhibition Street extension – City Link)
Free bike racks are available in and around Fed Square. Public car parking is available at Fed Square and in Flinders Lane.
A taxi rank is located outside Flinders Street station.
From Fed Square, take tram route 35, 70, or 75 to Melbourne Aquarium, or route 12, 96, 109 to stop 124 at Bateman Park.
Southern Cross Station is the closest train station in walking distance, at approximately 400m.
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.
Flinders Street is the closest train station.
Public car parking available directly behind the building
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.
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.