Become part of our Festival family and help bring important voices to the world. Make a tax-deductible donation today.

As Australia’s most-loved literary arts festival, we bring the best writers, artists and storytellers to Melbourne for a ten-day celebration of words, writing and the human experience.

With over 300 events and 500 artists, we open hearts and minds to new ideas and diverse voices from around the world. More than 55,000 people each year connect with artists and each other through unforgettable performances, stimulating debates and meaningful conversations.

We invite you to be part of the story.

Donate online, call us on 03 9094 7861, or find out about other payment options.

Maximise your donation by investing in one of our key impact areas:

Excellence: A World Class Literary Arts Festival

Education: Inspiring the Next Generation of Storytellers

Equity: A Festival for Everyone

Melbourne Writers Festival is a not-for-profit organisation with registered charitable and Deductible Gift Recipient status. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.


‘In the process of meeting likeminded people and being prodded to open eyes and ears to new ideas we become, not only more self-aware, but more world-aware.’ – MWF18 Artist

The world needs big ideas right now and MWF provides the platform to share them with all Australians. Join us in bringing the greatest international literary luminaries and local legends to Melbourne, fortifying our city’s leadership position as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Knowledge: 91% of audience members agreed that they gained new knowledge, insights and ideas at MWF18.

Meaning: 85% of audience members agreed that they were moved and inspired at MWF18.

$200 Support an emerging local author’s first appearance at a writers festival.
$1,000Give one of Australia’s top authors a platform to share their big idea at the festival.
$5,000 Facilitate a global exchange of ideas by bringing an international literary luminary to Melbourne.
$10,000 Share your love of reading with all of Melbourne by becoming an MWF Ambassador.
$25,000 Take your place as a leader in Melbourne’s literary community by becoming an MWF Patron.


‘It’s great for students to experience a diverse and interesting range of literature and see writers from across different genres and styles.’ – MWF18 Teacher

We need creative and curious young minds to shape a compassionate world. Hosting over 13,500 students each year, MWF’s Schools’ Program is the largest literature event for primary and secondary students in Australia. We ensure the next generation of teachers and students have the opportunity to share ideas, stories, craft writing skills, and become the passionate readers and thinkers of the future.

Engagement: 79% of teachers said MWF18 increased student engagement with books and reading.

$200 Support a local writer to inspire students through reading and ideas.
$1,000Help put an interstate author in front of their eager Victorian fans.
$5,000 Facilitate a life changing experience for Victorian students by ensuring international authors can appear as part of the MWF Schools’ Program.
$10,000 Give students a hands-on learning experience with a professional writer by supporting our schools workshops. This could be the moment a future storyteller finds their voice.
$25,000Share your passion for literature with the next generation of Victorians by becoming a Patron of the MWF Schools’ Program.


‘It was nice to see just so many different points of view, different experiences and different ‘types’ of writers represented.’ – MWF18 Audience Member

We want everyone to be able to enjoy and participate in MWF. Through the support of our donors we are able to ensure that almost a quarter of our festival program is free to attend each year. With your support, we can expand our audience and artist inclusion initiatives while keeping ticket prices accessible for everyone.

Diversity: 80% of audience members agreed that they learned something about someone different to themselves at MWF18.

Connection: 75% of audience members agreed that they connected with other audiences or authors through MWF18.

$200 Support an emerging First Nations writer to appear at a literary festival.
$1,000Ensure everyone can celebrate reading by helping us provide free MWF tickets to those who can’t afford them.
$5,000 Inspire diverse local writers by giving them an opportunity to meet their international literary heroes.
$10,000 Give all Victorians a voice by supporting us to program unique literary events in partnership with diverse communities.
$25,000Ensure MWF is an equitable festival by becoming a Patron.

Payment Options

Donate online.

Direct Deposit/EFT

To deposit a donation directly into our bank account, please use the account details below.

Account: Melbourne Writers Festival Inc
Bank: Westpac, South Melbourne
BSB: 033-305
Account: 329385

If you require a receipt please email your transaction details to [email protected] or call 03 9094 7861.

Cheque/Money Order

Cheques or money orders should be payable to Melbourne Writers Festival Inc and sent to:

Melbourne Writers Festival
Level 1, 176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Please ensure you include a return address if you require a receipt.