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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Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto’s debut novel, The Strays, was written as part of a PhD in creative writing at the University of Melbourne. It was shortlisted for the VPLA Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2013, and the published novel went on to win the 2015 Stella Prize. Her second novel, Wild Abandon, was published by Allen and Unwin in September 2021. Emily has been teaching for over a decade, and is currently a tutor and program advisor at the Faber Writing Academy. She is also co-owner of Melbourne wine bars Heartattack and Vine and Shabooh Shoobah.

Thursday 16 June
10am-4pm AEST

Masterclass: Fiction

Over a full day, learn from debut authors, writers with multiple books under their belts, and the publishing pros about the different stages of fiction-writing.