National Writers’ Conference

On June 22 and 23, Australia’s largest gathering of emerging writers returns to State Library Victoria. Featuring a perfect mix of emerging and established speakers, this two-day conference covers craft, industry insights and inspiration for writers of all genres and forms.

Whether the publishing stream or practical toolbox sessions strike your fancy, this is an opportunity to encounter big ideas at close quarters. Featuring over 70 artists across two days of panels, discussions, workshops and more, the National Writers’ Conference is a unique opportunity to network and nurture your craft.

The full conference program will be released with the festival program on 15 May 2019.  Expect to see the return of our EWF Ambassador program, including 5×5 and our unique Ask Me Anything sessions.

The 2019 ambassadors are The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award winner Katherine Brabon, Miles Franklin long-listed novelist Toni Jordan, bestselling romance writer Charlotte Nash, award-winning author Maria Tumarkin and award-winning poet and essayist Alison Whittaker.

The EWF Ambassador Program is generously supported by the Monash University Faculty of Arts.

Find out more about this year’s ambassadors here.

Early bird tickets are limited, so be sure to get in quick!


Early Bird Conference Tickets: $80 full/$60 concession (full weekend)
Available now.

Weekend Conference Tickets: $110 full/$90 concession
On sale from 15 May 2019

Day Conference Tickets: $80 full/$60 concession (Saturday OR Sunday)
On sale from 15 May 2019

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June

$80 full/$60 concession

Book tickets

Early bird tickets on sale from 1 April – 14 May (or until sold)

Limited number, so get in quickly!

State Library Victoria, Conference Centre
179 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000