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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Conference & Online

Hot Off The (Small) Press

A discussion on how they did it and what they’re doing from some of our favourite indie publishers. With a practical discussion of the ways in which you can build a platform to share the writing you love and want to champion, from zines to small press to lit mag, find out what the tools you need to start from scratch are and how to use them.


Hot Off The (Small) Press 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 online event stays private, ticket holders will be emailed the relevant Zoom links 30 minutes prior to the Conference start time. Please check your email on the day of the event (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. 

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


Alejandro del Castillo

Alejandro del Castillo (1987) is a Mexican writer, publisher, and translator.

Bigoa Chuol

bigoa is a South Sudanese writer, independent Creative Producer and Curator living on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

Hella Ibrahim

Hella Ibrahim is an editor with a passion for activism through the Arts.

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan is the author of When A Punk Becomes A Spunk and Dear Eileen.

Glom Press

Glom Press is an award-winning comics publisher and for-hire risograph press, operating out of Preston, Victoria.

Harry Reid

Harry Reid is the author of the best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend (Puncher & Wattman, 2020) and a co-director of sick leave.

Ursula Robinson-Shaw

Ursula Robinson-Shaw is a writer living in Naarm.