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

State of Opportunity

What are the opportunities out there for a writer? What are the important ones? How can we access them? This panel will explore the wide variety of opportunities from financial to professional development available to emerging writers, covering topics from grants, writing prizes and awards, fellowships, to mentorship and more.


State of Opportunity 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] 


Selene Bateman

Selene Bateman is a highly regarded arts administrator, producer and project manager who has worked in the creative sector for nearly 20 years.

Julia Carlomagno

Julia Carlomagno is the publisher at Monash University Press.

Veronica Sullivan

Veronica Sullivan is the Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, and the chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship.

Jessica Obersby

Jessica is the Writeability Program Manager for Writers Victoria.

Rebekah Robertson

Rebekah Hawthorne Robertson works in Project Investment at the Australia Council for the Arts, the Commonwealth Government’s arts funding and advisory body.