Emerging Writers' Festival 2021

The Emerging Writers' Festival program is now live! This year, EWF turns 18, and to celebrate there are more than 50 events to attend. From Wednesday 16 - Saturday 26 June 2021, storytellers across the globe will unite to showcase their talents, tell their tales and share insights and experiences in a program filled with discovery, learning, and delight.

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2021 Program Launch: The Words That Shaped Us

Tuesday 11 May, 6.30-7.30pm AEST

Playlist: Love


Dis-belonging Bodies


Regional Echoes

Now playing

Amazing Poetry Race

Launches Wednesday 16 June

Comic of Age

Now live!

Platform: Whatcha Waiting 4?

Now live

Poetic Transformations

Launches Wednesday 16 June

13 Years

The exhibition runs from 15 May to 27 June

Opening Night: Collective Imaginings

Wednesday 16 June, 7-8.15pm AEST

Writers’ Night School: Shaping Poetry

Thursday 17 June, 7-8.30pm AEST

Short n Sweet

Thursday 17 June, 6.30-8.30pm AEST

EWF X Disability Justice Network: Dreaming Disability Justice

Thursday 17 June, 7-8pm AEST

After Dark

Thursday 17 June, 7.15-8.15pm AEST

Late Night Literature: Tending to Joy at the End of the World

Thursday 17 June, 8.30-9.30pm AEST

Storming the Stage

Friday 18 June, 11am-12pm AEST

In Conversation: On Publication

Friday 18 June, 12.30-1.30pm AEST

Home as Archive

Friday 18 June, 7.00-8.00pm AEST

National Writers’ Conference 2021

Saturday 19 June, 9.45am-5.15pm AEST

4 x 4 Rules for Writing

Saturday 19 June, 9.45-10.45am AEST

Writing Character & Place

Saturday 19 June, 11am-12pm AEST

The Editors

Saturday 19 June, 11am-12pm AEST

Writing Self & Strength

Saturday 19 June, 12.30-1.30pm AEST

Debut Authors

Saturday 19 June, 12.30-1.30pm AEST

Powerful Poetics

Saturday 19 June, 1.45-2.45pm AEST

Pitch Perfect

Saturday 19 June, 1.45-2.45pm AEST

Funding Your Writing Project

Saturday 19 June, 3-4pm AEST

Pitch It!

Saturday 19 June, 3-5pm AEST

Building Worlds

Saturday 19 June, 3-4pm AEST

Writing for Change

Saturday 19 June, 4.15-5.15pm AEST

Literary Futures

Saturday 19 June, 4.15-5.15pm AEST

Sisterhood Zine Launch

Saturday 19 June, 5-6.30pm AEST

Owning the Story

Sunday 20 June, 1-2pm AEST

A Meal at the Table

Sunday 20 June, 6-7pm AEST


Sunday 20 June, 7.30-8.30pm AEST

Industry Insight

Monday 21 June, 12.30-1.30pm AEST


Monday 21 June, 3.30-4.30pm AEST

The Next Big Thing: 2021 Emerging Writers’ Festival Edition

Monday 21 June, 6.30-7.30pm AEST

Writers’ Night School: Writing YA

Monday 21 June, 6.30-8pm AEST

EWF X The Intro Room: Sex Work in Space

Monday 21 June, 7-8pm AEST

Late Night Literature: The Bogong: System Breakdown

Monday 21 June, 8.30-9.30pm AEST

The Early Words with Ella Baxter

Tuesday 22 June, 8.30-9.30am AEST

Masterclass: Creative Nonfiction

Tuesday 22 June, 10am-4pm AEST

Lunchtime Literature: Writing With Relationships

Tuesday 22 June, 12.30-1.30pm AEST

Amazing Babes

Tuesday 22 June, 7-8.30pm AEST

The Early Words with Harry Reid

Wednesday 23 June, 8.30-9.30am AEST

Junk Mail


Lunchtime Literature: Writing For Children

Wednesday 23 June, 12.30-1.30pm AEST

A Writer’s Notebook

Wednesday 23 June, 6-8pm AEST

Iconic Duos: Celebrating Creative Mentorships

Wednesday 23 June, 6.30-7.30pm AEST

EWF X Đất Nước Library Launch

Wednesday 23 June, 7-8pm AEST

Late Night Literature: #NSFW

Wednesday 23 June, 8.30-9.30pm AEST

The Early Words with Jessica Yu

Thursday 24 June, 8.30-9.30am AEST

IRL Infoshop: Letter Writing to People in Prison

Thursday 24 June, 11am-1pm AEST

Lunchtime Literature: Writing Across Genre

Thursday 24 June, 12.30-1.30pm AEST

Thursday Night Vibe: Safe Spaces

Thursday 24 June, 5.30-7.30pm AEST

A Body of Writing

Thursday 24 June, 6.30-8.30pm AEST

Thursday Night Vibe: Littlefoot & Co Spoken Word Night

Thursday 24 June, 7.45-10pm AEST

Late Night Literature: Imagining Abolitionist Futures

Thursday 24 June, 8.30-9.30pm AEST

In Conversation: On Craft

Friday 25 June, 12.30-1.30pm AEST


Friday 25 June, 7-8pm AEST

Writing Narrative for Games

Saturday 26 June, 2-4pm AEST

Closing Night: Be Kind, Rewind

Saturday 26 June, 7pm-late AEST

First Stage

Friday 9 July, 7.30-8.50pm AEST

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