The Emerging Writers’ Festival work, learn and play largely on the land of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

EWF celebrates the history and creativity of the world’s oldest living culture.

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The Emerging Writers’ Festival is committed to making EWF22 an accessible and welcoming experience for all. Below is some information on how to access our hybrid events.  We would love to hear about your thoughts, ideas and experiences in relation to the accessibility of the festival at [email protected]

Auslan Interpretation & Live Captioning

Auslan interpretation and live captioning will be booked for a few key events during the festival.  If you require either of these services for an event that is not listed, please make a note on the checkout page when you buy your ticket.  

Alternatively, contact us at [email protected] and we would be happy to organize interpreting and or live captioning for the event/s you’d like to attend. 

To view a full list of EWF22 Auslan interpreted events, click here! 

Online Platforms


Ticketed performances, workshops, National Writers’ Conference and the Masterclass will be hosted on Zoom. Zoom is compatible with screen readers and gives access to Live Captioning. Access links will be provided beforehand.

For more information about Zoom’s accessibility features click here.  


A number of events will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel with access to Live Caption transcripts. Access links will become available on event listing pages before the event along with live external transcripts. YouTube is compatible with screen readers, offers Dark theme and has keyboard shortcuts.  

Discord – Digital Writing Jam 

Discord is where the Digital Writing Jam and a lot of the daily conversations will take place between the attendees during EWF. You’ll be able to join the general chat which will essentially be a free reign group chat between our EWF friends while the festival is on.  

Make sure you read our Community Guidelines on our Discord as the chat won’t be monitored 24/7, but we welcome you to use it as a space to network, chat about the events and connect with a community of like-minded digital storytelling champs. 

In-Person Venues

Wheelchair Accessibility 

Most of our events are wheelchair accessible and equipped with accessible toilets.  

*The Alderman bar is not wheelchair accessible 

Accessible Parking 

EWF venues with onsite parking will provide accessible parking near the front entry.

Hearing Loop 

The hearing loop allows patrons who are wearing a hearing aid to tune in to the frequency of the venue. If you require hearing assistance, please let us know in the access request when booking your ticket. 

Access Lifts 

Our friendly staff will be on standby to assist patrons with the use of the lifts and escort service.

Companion Cards 

Companion Card holders receive a complimentary ticket to support people with a disability. Companion tickets must be booked at the same time as the purchased ticket.