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National Writers’ Conference 2023

The centrepiece event of the Emerging Writers' Festival

On 17 June, industry professionals from around Australia will come together online with emerging writers nationwide for the National Writers’ Conference. The fully-digital Conference day is programmed to inform and inspire writers of all genres and styles.

Click here to view the full schedule of events.

Led by auspicious Festival Ambasadors, Yumna Kassab, Debra Dank, Victoria Hannan and Bella Li, the 2023 National Writers’ Conference is the place for emerging writers to develop their skills, hear from leaders in the field, and forge connections within the industry.
As the centrepiece event of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, the National Writers’ Conference is all about informing and inspiring writers of all genres and styles. Hear the best industry advice from our distinguished Ambassadors and dive into conversations about how to edit your own work, the role of literary criticism, researching your writing and more.

Meet the 2023 Ambassadors

Each year, EWF invites four Ambassadors to participate in the National Writers’ Conference to share their experience, insight and knowledge with emerging writers nationwide.

Our 2023 Ambassadors are Bella Li (Argosy, Lost Lake, Theory of Colours); Debra Dank (We Come With This Place); Yumna Kassab (House of Youssef, Australiana, The Lovers); and Victoria Hannan (Kokomo, Marshmallow).

Our 2023 ambassadors (L-R): Debra Dank, Victoria Hannan, Yumna Kassab, Bella Li.


Check out the full conference program here.


17th of June.




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