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The Melbourne Writer’s Festival (MWF) is the city of Melbourne’s annual celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. The 11-day festival will feature 300 international and local writers, thinkers, illustrators and performers who will partake in 270 events that cover everything from panel discussions, film screenings, workshops and debates to book launches, music performances and professional development sessions. Whether you are a professional looking to hone your writing skills, or a parent wishing to introduce your children to the world of books, the MWF has something for everyone to participate in. Be there!

Event Details

Date: Jum, Agu 26, 2016 - Min, Sep 04, 2016
Venue: Federation Square and venues around Melbourne and Victoria.
Website: Melbourne Writer's Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival

The Melbourne writers Festival is an annual mega-event that features a large number of writers, thinkers, artists and performers from all over the globe in a series of discussions, workshops, debates and performances with the aim to educate, entertain and communicate. This two-week literary festival attracts more than 40,000 people each year. The beauty of the festival is that it also celebrates off-the-page creativity by including musicians, artists and illustrators and displaying their work through special art events, exhibitions and musical performances.

This year’s event will see 300 of the world’s best writers partake in 270 events, discussing everything from poetry to politics, Harry Potter to history, fiction to film scripts and short stories to science fiction. Top events that draw the largest crowds include Keynotes, featuring thought-provoking insights from high-profile writers and intellectuals, Big Ideas, a series that brings together public intellectuals to discuss challenging contemporary ideas, and New News, where industry insiders debate the future of news gathering and reporting. With the aim to celebrate art in all its aspects, the festival will also feature events focusing on art, literature, music and performance, with each festival hosting an artist in residence and several performances from top bands and musicians.

Also part of the festival are the Families and Children Activities, which involve readings and workshops for kids and families, the Schools’ Program, a special program of student-targeted events held in conjecture with local schools, and Professional Development, where seminars and master classes are held for budding writers, speakers and artists.

Take part in Australia’s biggest literary event and celebrate the power of the written word!

Travel Tip

It is late winter-early spring in Melbourne, so expect cold, wet weather as temperatures will average around 14.9 to 6.6 degree Celsius. In addition to the regular festival passes, the festival also has a number of free events to encourage participation. Be sure to register in advance to avoid disappointment.

The events surrounding the Melbourne Writers Festival are held in different parts of Melbourne, from the Festival hub in Federation Square to the Town Hall, ArtPlay and other venues. Getting around Melbourne is easy. A ‘Myki’ pass, will let you gain access to all public transport facilities like trains, trams and busses. If you prefer to use taxis, use the Safe City taxi ranks, managed by the City of Melbourne, as it is considered a safer mode for tourists.

We have handpicked a list of choice accommodations conveniently located near the different event centers. Make plans to participate in the biggest literary event in Australia!

Melbourne Writers Festival 2010

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A session with Peter Schjeldahl, 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival,

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