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 & Special Event

Program Launch: New Growth

Celebrate 20 years of Emerging Writers’ Festival, as the 2023 program is revealed.

Since 2003, the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has been tending to Australia’s budding literary talent, establishing roots between writers, nurturing their professional development, and introducing them to new audiences. Join us in celebrating EWF’s 20th birthday, with the launch of the 2023 festival program. Hear from festival artists Renay Barker-Mulholland, Dana Mitchell, Gabriella Munoz, and Beau Windon, and the EWF programming team, as they reflect on gradations and growth through writing and interactive reading. Afterwards, mingle, grab a drink, and explore the program through a specially commissioned, interactive digital game.

A live stream of this event will also be available from this page at 6.30pm on Tuesday 16 May. Bookings are not required.


Auslan, Wheelchair, Service Animal, Quiet Room (Reception/Level 3 Library), Hearing Loop, Accessible toilets

Tuesday 16 May

The Wheeler Centre
Performance Space Level 2, 176 Lt Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000, VIC


Renay Barker-Mulholland

Renay is a disabled, artist, activist, creator and proud Biripi – Dunghutti woman.

Hasib Hourani

Hasib Hourani is a Lebanese-Palestinian writer, editor, arts worker, and educator living on unceded Wurundjeri Country.

Dana Mitchell

Dana Mitchell is an emerging playwright, poet and comedian from Melbourne.

Gabriella Munoz

Gabriella Munoz is a Mexican-born writer and editor living in Wurundjeri land.

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh is a writer, producer, arts worker and the Artistic Director and co-CEO of EWF.

Beau Windon

Beau Windon is a neurodivergent author of Wiradjuri heritage based in Naarm.

Jess Zanoni

Jess Zanoni is a writer, musician, and the current Program Coordinator of EWF.