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19 June 2018

The Emerging Writers’ Festival, Australia’s premier festival for new and emerging writers, opens tonight with events scheduled across Melbourne until 29 June.

Key art from the 2018 Emerging Writers' Festival

In addition to events that introduce you to the next generation of Australian writers, there are several sessions that focus on supporting emerging writers to develop their skills and build their careers. 

On Monday 25 June, the Festival will run a series of ‘Funding One-on-Ones’. These free sessions will provide the opportunity to meet with staff from Creative Victoria, the Australia Council for the Arts, Auspicious Arts Projects and The Wheeler Centre to gain tips about grant applications and talk through your ideas and approach for applying. Limited spots are available and bookings are essential.

As part of the Festival, The National Writers’ Conference will also return to State Library Victoria on June 23 and 24, for a two-day conference covering craft, industry insights and networking for writers of all genres and forms.

The Conference will see an expanded program of over 70 artists across two days of panels, discussions, workshops and new opportunities for networking with industry peers and professionals.

On Saturday 23 June, the Conference session ‘Industry Insiders: Show Me the Money’ will provide an opportunity for writers to learn more about how they can sustainably fund their practice.

The session will be presented by representatives from the Australia Council, Creative Victoria, Copyright Agency and Creative Partnerships Australia, who will explore what makes for a successful grant application, as well as what the future of arts funding might look like.

Entry to this session is included with tickets to The National Writers’ Conference.  

View the Emerging Writers’ Festival program