2018 NSW/ACT Writers Festival Program

There are many writers festivals and writing  celebrations happening around Australia every month. Here are most of the NSW and ACT ones.

Get along to a few!






  Don’t forget: 

   6-8th Newcastle Writers’ Festival

    30th – 6th May   Sydney Writers’ Festival


Don’t forget: 

May 23: National Simultaneous Storytime, national. Childrens reading initiative.

May 25-27: The Feminist Writers Festival, Melb and regional centres


  Don’t forget:

  Kids & YA Festival on Saturday 30 June 2018 will be directed by best-selling,   internationally published children’s author Belinda Murrell.

 Jun 5-7: Abbotsleigh Literary Festival, Sydney, NSW. Student focus. (Biennial)
June 7-11: Henry Lawson Festival, Grenfell, NSW. All things Lawson.

 Jun 8-10: Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.

 Jun 10: Australian Fairy Tale Society Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW. Fairy tales.
Jun 15-17: Supanova, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (election of the organising committee for the next year)

  Don’t forget:

  Jul 21: Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, Bowral, NSW. General lit.

Jul 21-22:  Orange Writers Festival, Orange, NSW. Gen. lit.


  Don’t forget:

Aug 3-5: Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 10-12: Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo, VIC. General lit.
Aug 9-12: Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, NSW. General lit.

Aug 17-19: Romance Writers of Australia conference, Sydney, NSW. Romance.

Aug 18: Writers Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Gymea, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 18-24: Book Week, national school-based events hosted by Children’s Book  Council of Australia.

Aug 31 — Sep 1: Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit, by    women.

 Aug 31: Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition 2018, Lake Macquarie           Branch, Fellowship of Australian Writers.

Aug (date to be confirmed)  Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. General lit.


           Don’t forget:

Sep 1-2: BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Crime.

Sep 5: Indigenous Literacy Day, nationwide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus

Sep 5-9: Write Around the Murray, Albury, NSW. Gen. lit.

Sep 7-17: Unspoken Words, Sydney, NSW. Poetry, spoken word

Sep 13-17: Poetry on the Move, Canberra, ACT. Poetry.

Sep 20: Australian Reading Hour, national. Pick up a book, share the love!

Sep 27-30: National Young Writers Festival. Newcastle, NSW. Focus on writers 18-35.

Sep 29-30: Oz Comic-Con, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.

Sep 29 — Oct 1: Conflux, Canberra, ACT. Spec fic.

Sep 15 – 17 Sorcery to Spaceships, Armidale, NSW. Spec. fic.



Don’t forget:

Nov 3: Quantum Words, Sydney, NSW. Science writing (biennial)
Nov 5-25: Design Canberra – National Design Writing Conference, Canberra, ACT. 
Nov 9-11: Scone Long Literary Weekend, Scone, NSW. Gen. lit.