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Frequently asked questions

We're here to help you plan your visit to MWF Schools.

Planning your Festival

When does MWF Schools take place?

MWF Schools runs 6–9 September (inclusive) during the 2021 Melbourne Writers Festival.

The full program has been announced.

Who can attend MWF Schools?

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.

How do I book tickets to MWF Schools?

Book tickets using our online booking forms here.

For booking enquiries, please email ticketing@mwf.com.au or call (03) 9094 7862 between 10am–4pm.

How do I book my complimentary teacher ticket?

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.

Can I change my group numbers or get a refund?

Once your payment has been finalised, your order cannot be changed.

According to our Terms of Sale, tickets can not be exchanged or refunded unless the event is cancelled. For more information see How to Book.

How can I get a printed version of the program guide?

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.

My students have access requirements. Who can I speak to?

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 ticketing@mwf.com.au or call (03) 9094 7862.

I’m a parent. Can I bring my children to MWF Schools?

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.

Where can I access MWF's Child Safety Policy?

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 ticketing@mwf.com.au for a PDF copy.

On the day

Where will MWF Schools take place?

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

What do I need to know about COVID safety?

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.

Is the Festival going to photograph or record my students?

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.

How can I preorder MWF books?

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

Is there a venue bookshop and author signings?

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.