MWF Schools

Sign up to the Schools eNews for our big announcement on 4 May.

MWF Schools is one of Australia’s biggest literary events for primary and secondary school students. In 2021, MWF Schools will take place from 6 to 9 September during Melbourne Writers Festival.

2021 key dates

4 May: Full program launches and bookings open
6–7 Sep: Primary schools program
8–9 Sep: Secondary schools program

To keep up to date on events and important announcements, sign up to our Schools eNews.

In 2020, MWF Schools delivered an online series of videos and education resources to teachers and students across the country.

Eight inspiring authors shared their knowledge on topics including identity, sustainability, storytelling and resilience. MWF Schools engaged and empowered young readers—and their grown-ups—to contemplate different ways of enacting change, and to consider reading as a radical act.

Education resources

Our education resources were created to accompany MWF Schools events in 2020. The resources are theme-based and include prompts and questions that are deliberately general in nature, so that they can be used in classrooms across year levels and cohorts.


Years 1–3: Gregg Dreise: Aboriginal Culture & History

Years 2–4: Lili Wilkinson: On Where Story Ideas Come From

Years 3–5: Lee Constable: Science, Environment, Sustainability

Years 6–8: Zana Fraillon: On Resilience


Years 6–8: Zana Fraillon: On Resilience

Years 8–10: Rawah Arja: Breaking Down Stereotypes

Years 8–10: Will Kostakis: Courage & Sexuality

Years 8–10: Lisa Fuller: Own Voices Storytelling

Years 9–10: Helena Fox: Anxiety & Friendship

Subscribe to MWF