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The National Writers’ Conference 2022

The National Writers’ Conference is the place for emerging writers to develop their skills, hear from leaders in the field, and forge connections within the industry.

The National Writers’ Conference is the place for emerging writers to develop their skills, hear from leaders in the field, and forge connections within the industry.

As the centrepiece event of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, the National Writers’ Conference is all about informing and inspiring writers of all genres and styles. Hear the best industry advice from our distinguished Ambassadors and dive into conversations about how to start a publication, the role of literary criticism, the art of the interview and more.

Following its digital success in 2020 and 2021, the 2022 National Writers’ Conference will return online over one day: ticketholders can watch and participate in real time, and review the sessions on-demand once the conference is over.

Plus, book a Pitch It! Session for a unique opportunity to pitch your manuscript to a publisher or editor. You have just 5 minutes so keep it brief and don’t forget to leave room for questions! These publishers, editors and literary agents are here to support emerging writers, so give it a go.

Featuring Festival Ambassadors: Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Jennifer Down, Jamie Marina Lau and Jeanine Leane.

View the National Writers’ Conference schedule here.


HOW TO ATTEND THIS EVENT

The National Writers’ Conference is a one-day online gathering of emerging writers on Zoom.

You can purchase a National Writers’ Conference ticket to enjoy the full day of industry insights. Or book a Conference PLUS Pitch It! ticket to enjoy the full day conference PLUS the bonus opportunity to pitch your manuscript to a book publisher or editor.

Individual tickets can also be purchased for 4 x 4 Rules of Writing and Whenever, Wherever: Emerging in Any Context. Head to the individual event pages to purchase tickets to these events.

If you book a Conference PLUS Pitch It! ticket, EWF will match you with a publisher or editor to pitch to and allocate you a 5-minute timeslot. Your 5-minute Pitch It! session will take place one-on-one in a Zoom breakout room on the day of the Conference. You’ll be sent your timeslot and some more information closer to the day.

Please keep in mind that these pitching sessions are intended as a professional development opportunity. We encourage you to have a go at pitching your manuscript and to ask questions.

Please note that there are very limited Pitch It! tickets available.

Saturday 18 June 2022
10am – 5.15pm AEST

$90 Full / $70 Concession

 


Online, via Zoom

Featuring...

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate.

Jennifer Down

Jennifer Down is the acclaimed author of Bodies of Light (2021), Pulse Points (2017) and Our Magic Hour (2016), published by Text.

Jamie Marina Lau

Jamie Marina Lau is a writer, multidisciplinary artist and the author of Pink Mountain on Locust Island and Gunk Baby.

Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales.


The National Writers’ Conference 2022 Program

Saturday 18 June 2022
10am – 5.15pm AEST

The National Writers’ Conference 2022

The National Writers’ Conference is the place for emerging writers to develop their skills, hear from leaders in the field, and forge connections within the industry.

Saturday 18 June
10-10.45am

4 x 4 Rules for Writing

Kicking off the National Writers’ Conference, our four festival ambassadors share their four rules for writing.

Saturday 18 June
11am-12pm AEST

Whenever, Wherever: Emerging in Any Context

What happens when you are only just beginning to dip your toes into the wild waters of the literary world, only to find you’ve already aged-out of opportunities or are located far away from where the action seems to be?

Saturday 18 June
11am -12pm AEST

Jeanine Leane: Poetry of Politics, Power, and Resistance

In her keynote address, celebrated Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic Jeanine Leane will consider the role First Nations poetry plays in engaging with the politics of resistance, and how our poetry can convey and communicate First Nations histories, experiences, and aspirations in a way that national history cannot.

Saturday 18 June
12.30-1.30pm AEST

Knowing Me, Knowing U: How to Interview

Find out from some of the best in the business how interviews can help inform a wider piece of work, how to listen and ask the right questions, and how to craft a thoughtful, engaging profile or portrait of a person.

Saturday 18 June
12.30-1.30pm AEST

Jennifer Down: Why Write?

Jennifer Down explores the tension between labor and life, the inherent weirdness of sharing your work, and what it means to keep putting one foot in front of the other as a working writer.

Saturday 18 June
1.45-2.45pm AEST

Pitch Perfect

Find out the must-haves for delivering a great pitch and the pitfalls to avoid.

Saturday 18 June
1.45-2.45pm AEST

Jamie Marina Lau: Writing the Hyperreal

Hear from Jamie Marina-Lau as she discusses the hyperreal, accessing it for your writing and how to make the terrifying leap onto the page.

Saturday 18 June
3-4pm AEST

State of Opportunity

This panel will explore the wide variety of opportunities from financial to professional development available to emerging writers.

Saturday 18 June
3-5.15pm AEST

Pitch It!

Sign up to this event to have the chance to deliver a practice five-minute, online, one-on-one pitch with a literary industry professional. These publishers, editors and literary agents are always on the lookout for new and exciting voices, so give it a go!

Saturday 18 June
3pm AEST

Yassmin Abdel-Magied: What is the Role of the Writer?

Join Yassmin Abdel-Magied as she considers the role of the writer through the lens of her wide-ranging and thrillingly varied career.

Saturday 18 June
4.15-5.15pm AEST

Critics’ Corner

These writers look at the role of the critic, how to engage with works thoroughly and thoughtfully, and the implications and impacts of cultural criticism.

Saturday 18 June
4.15pm-5.15pm AEST

Hot Off The (Small) Press

A discussion on how they did it and what they’re doing from some of our favourite indie publishers.