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.

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Researching Fiction

This is a topic that is often left out of discussions on the craft – what do you do before you start writing? You research your subject, but what does that look like when it comes to writing fiction, should you even do it (yes!), and how do you go about it when you do?


Julie Janson

Julie is a Burruberongal woman of Darug Aboriginal nation. She is a novelist, playwright, and poet.

Fiona Kelly McGregor

Fiona Kelly McGregor’s most recent novel Iris, is shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Awards and was longlisted for the Stella Prize.

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott’s first novel The Adversary was shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, and his second novel is called Shirley.

Jessica Yu

Jessica Zhan Mei Yu is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.