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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4 x 4 Rules for Writing

Kicking off the conference, our four festival ambassadors share their four rules for writing. Whether you’re emerging, emerged or somewhere in between, these gems of advice are bound to get you inspired.

You can book a single ticket to this session only or attend the whole National Writers’ Conference.

Please note: Yassmin Abdel-Magied is UK-based and will be participating in this session via pre-recorded video, due to the international time difference. Her keynote address later in the day will be live.


4 x4 Rules for Writing is part of the National Writers’ Conference, a one-day online gathering of emerging writers on Zoom. 

Check out the full Conference program here. 

To ensure the event stays private, ticket holders will be emailed a Zoom link 30 minutes before the start of the event on the day. Please check your email (including that pesky junk email folder). Ticket bookings will cease 1 hour before the Conference starts. 

You can download Zoom for free here. Read more about how to set up Zoom’s automatic transcription feature here. 

For better access and engagement with Zoom platform during the National Writers Conference, we recommend setting up and joining with a desktop/Mac/Laptop rather than your phone. 

If you have any difficulty connecting to the event, please email us at [email protected] 


Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate.

Jennifer Down

Jennifer Down is the acclaimed author of Bodies of Light (2021), Pulse Points (2017) and Our Magic Hour (2016), published by Text.

Jamie Marina Lau

Jamie Marina Lau is a writer, multidisciplinary artist and the author of Pink Mountain on Locust Island and Gunk Baby.

Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales.

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh is a writer, producer and arts worker living and creating on unceded Wurundjeri land.