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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Free, Performance & Special Event

Program Launch: Good at Being Bad

Starting out as a writer can be exciting, confusing, laborious work, and we don’t always get things right the first go around. So, what would you do differently, given the chance? Get a taste of this year’s program as Ana Maria Gomides, Mykaela Saunders, Cher Tan and Thabani Tshuma hop into their respective time machines and talk about committing, recovering, and learning from a variety of literary faux pas. Join them as they share tales of their formative literary experiences and celebrate the ways in which they’ve grown.

EWF’s Artistic Director Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh and Program Coordinator Greer Clemens will also unveil the 2022 hybrid program, including some of this year’s festival highlights, to help prepare you for a winter of words.

This event will be live-streamed. If you are unable to attend this event in person, simply visit this page at the time of the event to tune in. If you wish to attend in-person, bookings are essential.

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Auslan Interpretation
This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Wheelchair access
The Wheeler Centre’s foyer is accessible by either stairs or a 23 metre long ramp. At the front of the building, there are nine steep steps with a rail on either side. Each step is 25 centimetres deep. To the side of this, there is a ramp to the right-hand side of the front door as well.

Click here for more information about about this venue, including large map, parking, public transport and accessibility.

Tuesday 10 May
6.30pm-7.30pm AEST

Multiple venues:

The Wheeler Centre Performance Space
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


Online, via YouTube


Greer Clemens

Greer Clemens is a writer, arts worker, and musician.

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh

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

Ana Maria Gomides

Ana Maria Gomides is a CrazySexyCool storyteller currently existing on Wurundjeri country.

Mykaela Saunders

Mykaela Saunders is an award-winning Koori and Lebanese writer, teacher, community researcher and the editor of THIS ALL COME BACK NOW.

Cher Tan

Cher Tan is an essayist, critic and editor.

Thabani Tshuma

Thabani Tshuma is a Zimbabwean writer and performance poet.