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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Whenever, Wherever: Emerging in Any Context

The concept of an emerging writer can often seem rigid and fixed: young, only a few years into their practice and city based. But what about writers who have been honing their craft quietly for years? 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? These writers will discuss these issues and where we can go next.

You can book a single ticket to this session only or attend the whole National Writers’ Conference.


Whenever, Wherever: Emerging in Any Context 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] 


Caitlin McGregor

Caitlin McGregor is an essayist, editor and critic living on unceded Jaara land.

Amani Haydar

Amani Haydar is an award-winning writer, visual artist, lawyer and advocate for women’s health and safety based in Western Sydney.

Bastian Fox Phelan

Bastian Fox Phelan is a writer, musician and zine maker living in Mulubinba Newcastle on Awabakal land.

Emily Sun

Emily Sun is an emerging writer who lives and works on the unceded lands of the Noongar Whadjuk people. Her works have been published in various anthologies and journals including Meanjin, Cordite, Westerly, and Growing up Asian in Australia.