The Emerging Writers’ Festival is committed to making EWF21 an accessible and welcoming experience for all. Below is some information on how to access our digital events and happenings.  

We would love to hear about your thoughts, ideas and experiences in relation to the accessibility of the festival at [email protected]



Ticketed performances, workshops, National Writers’ Conference and the Masterclass will be hosted on Zoom. Zoom is compatible with screen readers, and also offers high contrast settings and Dark Mode for people with visual impairments.

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


A number of events will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel. Access links will become available on event listing pages before the event. 

YouTube is compatible with screen readers, offers Dark theme and has keyboard shortcuts.


Discord is where The Early Words events and a lot of the daily conversations will take place between the attendees during EWF. You’ll be able to join our general chat, or use The Early Words channel to workshop your words. 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.

Live Captioning and Auslan Interpretation

Live captioning and Auslan interpretation will be booked for a number of 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 organise captioning/interpreting for the event/s you’d like to attend.

To view a full list of EWF21 live captioned events, click here!

To view a full list of EWF21 Auslan interpreted events, click here!

Accessing Live Captioning 

Live captioning will be accessible via the live captioning feature on Zoom as well as a live external transcript. Events on YouTube will have a live external transcript only. 

To access live captions on Zoom, click ‘Live Captioning’ on the control panel at the bottom of your Zoom window. 

To access live external transcripts on Zoom or YouTube, click the link posted in the chat box by EWF at the start of each session.