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present tense: How to Read Poetry

22 August 2018
present tense
Ali Alizadeh, Cassandra Atherton, & Jessica...

What do we think about poetry?

Writing Retreat

24 August 2018 to 26 August 2018
Blaise van Hecke

Whether your specialty is fiction (do you write short stories?

Melbourne Writers Festival: West Writers: In Parallel Universes

25 August 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival
Sumudu Samarawickrama, Christina Taylor and Nikki...

Sharing stories from Melbourne’s west, Footscray Community Arts Centre’s West Writers Group will exhibit...

Melbourne Writers Festival: The Premier & the Polymath

25 August 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival
Bob Carr and Barry Jones

Bob Carr and Barry Jones, the premier and the polymath, share their passion for the written word and...

Melbourne Writers Festival: Irvine Welsh: Redemption

25 August 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival
Irvine Welsh and Omar Musa

‘I’ve always had some kind of moral conscience, but it gets stronger when you get older.

Melbourne Writers Festival: Therapy Couch: Krissy Kneen

26 August 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival
Krissy Kneen and Cate Kennedy

Krissy Kneen is guided through her current creative roadblocks by acclaimed writer Cate Kennedy in this...

Publishing Options

27 August 2018
Blaise van Hecke

Have you dreamed of being a published author but don’t know how?

Melbourne Writers Festival: Ted Chiang: The Alchemist’s Gate

28 August 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival
Ted Chiang and Benjamin Law

Award-winning iconic science-fiction writer and the brilliant mind behind Arrival, Ted Chiang, shares his...

Melbourne Writers Festival: Alexis Wright: Boisbouvier Oration

29 August 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival
Alexis Wright and Tony Birch

What is the power and purpose of literature?