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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Free, Online, Professional Development & Workshop

Writing the Suburbs

In this workshop with local author Christopher Raja (Into The Suburbs) learn how to write on memoir and the suburbs. Raja’s work explores topical issues of race, class and migration in an affecting portrait of one family’s search for home.

Tune in via Zoom from home, or watch the broadcast at Dandenong Library.

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Writing the Suburbs is a live hybrid event, hosted via Zoom. It’ll be broadcasted live at the Dandenong Library. 

Attending via Zoom

To ensure the event stays private, ticket holders will be emailed a Zoom link 30 minutes prior to the event start time. Please check your email (including that pesky junk email folder). 

Ticket sales will close 1 hour before the event 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]  

Attending the broadcast at Dandenong Library

The venue is wheelchair accessible. 

Relaxation Area

Relaxation area provided on the premise

Hearing Loop 

The hearing loop allows patrons who are wearing a hearing aid to tune in to the frequency of the venue. If you require hearing assistance, please contact us when you book your ticket. 

Thursday 23 June
7-8.30pm AEST

Free, bookings essential

Tune in via Zoom from home, or watch the broadcast at Dandenong Library.

Multiple venues:

Dandenong Library
225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong VIC 3175


Online, via Zoom


Christopher Raja

Christopher Raja is the author of a memoir, Into the Suburbs: A Migrant’s Story (UQP, 2020), a play The First Garden (Currency Press, 2012) and a novel, The Burning Elephant, (Giramondo, 2015).