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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Writers' Night School

Writers’ Night School: The Art of The Essay

Personal essays can seem deceptively simple but writing from one’s own perspective comes with its own challenges. Join Eda Gunaydin, author of the recently released and critically acclaimed collection of personal essays, Root & Branch: Essays on Inheritance for this night time workshop all about crafting essays. Whether you’re assembling an essay collection or writing pieces for individual publication, learn how to plan, craft, and publish the pieces closest to you.

Please note: Fiona Wright is no longer able to host this workshop. Turkish-Australian writer and researcher Eda Gunaydin takes her place to present this workshop.


The Writers Night School is held in The Wheeler Centre, Workshop Space. Situated on level 4 via lift access or stairway. 

Access Parking 

There is limited on-street and accessible parking in Little Lonsdale Street. The nearest commercial car park is at QV, which has an entrance on Little Lonsdale Street.  


Nearby Public Transport including Tram, bus and Melbourne Central train line station.  

The footpaths on Little Lonsdale Street are quite narrow, and are on a slight slope, but are flat and well-surfaced  

Wheelchair Access 

This venue has an all accessible entry including a front entry ramp and access to lifts. Access to the Workshop is accessed via lift and stairway. Staff will be available to escort and assist patrons as the event is occurring after opening hours.  

Accessible Toilet 

Gender neutral and accessible toilets in the foyer space.  Features a change table.   

Relaxation Area 

Relaxation Area is available on level 3 and in the foyer space.   

More information: available via The Wheeler Centre’s Access page

Friday 24 June
6.30-8pm AEST

$35 / $30 concession

The Wheeler Centre Workshop Space
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


Eda Gunaydin

Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian writer and researcher interested in class, race and diaspora.