Frequently asked questions
We're here to help you plan your visit to MWF Schools.
Planning your Festival
MWF Schools runs 6–9 September (inclusive) during the 2021 Melbourne Writers Festival.
The full program has been announced.
All MWF Schools events are restricted to school-aged children only, plus an accompanying adult.
As a guide, our program offers events for primary school students from Years 3 to 6 and secondary school students from Years 7 to 11.
For every 20 tickets purchased to MWF Schools, you are entitled to one complimentary ticket for a teacher/adult.
You will be prompted when booking tickets using our online booking forms here.
For more than one teacher/adult per 20 students, paid tickets must be purchased at $30.
You can browse the MWF Schools program here. To download as a PDF, click the downward arrow (top left). You can then print.
MWF Schools printed guides will also be delivered to Victorian primary and secondary schools in May 2021.
Accessibility and inclusion are at the core of MWF Schools. Melbourne Writers Festival has unallocated seating. Please contact us if you require reserved seating to accommodate your access needs.
Wheelchair access: There are accessible toilets, ramps and lifts throughout MCEC, including lift access from the car parks.
Vision impairment: Braille is provided on all room door and fixed directional signage throughout the venue. MCEC is guide dog friendly and welcomes registered assistance dogs into all areas of the building.
Assisted hearing: Most spaces within MCEC are equipped with TTA Hearing Assisted telephones, and the venue has other hearing assisted devices available to hire.
Auslan interpreters can be requested for specific events. For more information on accessibility or to notify us of any access requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9094 7862.
Children who are not part of a school group can attend MWF Schools, provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian with a paid ticket. MWF cannot accept responsibility for unaccompanied children.
Yes. You can email email@example.com for a PDF copy.
MWF is committed to the safety of children of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. Children are vital and active participants in our Festival. We want children to feel safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children just as we support our staff and volunteers.
MWF's Child Safety Policy has been developed in line with Victoria's Child Safe Standards, and you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for a PDF copy.
On the day
MWF Schools will be held at one of Melbourne’s premier event spaces, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). All events will take place in Goldfields Theatre.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf VIC 3006
For more information about getting to the
venue, and for an interactive map, visit mcec.com.au/visit
Melbourne Writers Festival is planning a COVID-safe festival across all venues in 2021, following the advice of state and federal governments.
More information will be sent to schools directly about these measures closer to the event.
MWF employs the services of a professional photographer to record events throughout the Festival. These photos are for archival and marketing purposes. The purchase of a ticket grants implied permission for these photos to be used for the intended purposes.
If you, or any students in your care, do not wish to be photographed, please inform the photographer at the venue or contact a Festival representative on the day.
Preorder MWF books for your class with Melbourne’s own Readings Books.
Order 10 books or more and receive a 20% discount.
For more details, visit readings.com.au/mwf-schools-shop
Yes. School groups will have the opportunity to meet the authors and get books signed on the day.
Students may bring their own copies to the book signings, or purchase MWF Schools titles between events from the Readings bookshop at MCEC.