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National Writers' Conference 2019

On June 22 and 23, Australia’s largest gathering of emerging writers returns to Melbourne. Featuring a perfect mix of emerging and established speakers, this two-day conference provides advice on craft, industry insights and inspiration for writers of all genres and forms.

Whether the publishing stream or the practical toolbox sessions strike your fancy, this is an opportunity to encounter big ideas at close quarters. Featuring over 70 artists across two days of panels, discussions, workshops and more, the National Writers’ Conference is a unique opportunity to network and nurture your craft. View the timetable and the PDF version of the program.

You can purchase a conference pass here for the full weekend, Saturday only or Sunday only.

You can purchase a single-session ticket to 5x5 Rules of Writing here.

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5×5 Rules of Writing

Saturday 22 June, 10-11am

The Racial Imaginary

Saturday June 22, 11am

Cultural Criticism

Saturday 22 June, 11am-12pm

Ask Me Anything: Toni Jordan

Saturday 22 June, 11am

Disability Poetics

Saturday 22 June, 12-12.45pm

Writing With Emotional Honesty

Saturday 22 June, 12pm

Multilingual Writing

Saturday 22 June, 12-12.45pm

The Future Of: Labour

Saturday 22 June, 1.30-2.30pm

Ask Me Anything: Alison Whittaker

Saturday 22 June, 1.30pm

Open and Shut: Constructive Feedback

Saturday 22 June, 1.30-2.30pm

Pitch Perfect

Saturday 22 June, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Writing the Anthropocene

Saturday 22 June, 2.30pm

Writing Trans & Gender Diverse Characters

Saturday 22 June, 2.30pm

Caring and Creative Practice

Saturday 22 June, 3.45-4.45pm

Pathway to Publication

Saturday 22 June, 3.45-4.30pm

Deep Listening and Poetic Practice

Saturday 22 June, 3.45-5pm

Ask a Publisher

Saturday 22 June, 4.30-5pm

Guided Meditation: Dealing with Distraction

Sunday 23 June, 10.15-10.45am

Writing as a Political Act

Sunday 23 June, 10.15-11am

Writing Sex Work

Sunday 23 June, 10.15-11am

New Masculinities

Sunday 23 June, 11am-12pm

Ask Me Anything: Maria Tumarkin

Sunday 23 June, 11am-12pm

The Politics of Forgetting

Sunday 23 June, 11am-12pm

Money Talks

Sunday 23 June, 12-12.45pm

You Can Write, But Can You Edit?

Sunday 23 June, 12-12.45pm

Writing Yourself Without Losing Yourself

Sunday 23 June, 12-12.45pm

Literature and Trauma

Sunday 23 June, 1.30-2.30pm

The Future of: Storytelling

Sunday 23 June, 1.30-2.30pm

Ask Me Anything: Charlotte Nash

Sunday 23 June, 1.30-2.30pm

The Future of: Truth

Sunday 23 June, 2.30-3:30pm

Poetic Disobedience

Sunday 23 June, 2.30-3.30pm

Ask Me Anything: Katherine Brabon

Sunday 23 June, 2.30pm

Scene It: Hands-on Film Criticism

Sunday 23 June, 3.45-5pm

Pitch It!

Sunday 23 June, 3.45-5pm

Why I Love It

Sunday 23 June, 3.45-4.30pm

Interstate Mates Showcase

Sunday 23 June, 5-5.50pm

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