This is a giveaway, where we do what it says on the tin – give something away. 

Our friends at the The Emerging Writers' Festival  have given us two of their hottest tickets to share with our dear readers. That means you, dear reader.

We have two full-day passes to give away to the amazing EWF Masterclasses, one each for MasterClasses in: Freelancing for Life and Criticism.

Each pass is for a full day of learning from celebrated writers and professionals in their field, and are valued at $90. 

Masterclass: Freelancing for Life

This masterclass will provide all the useful, practical information you need to be able to do what you love – but also pay the bills.

EWF have  brought together professional writers and industry insiders for a whole day of advice on establishing yourself as a business, diversifying your career, undertaking internships, strategic planning, marketing, working in arts management, invoicing correctly and, most importantly, how to balance creative and corporate work. Packed with useful information to establish yourself as a freelance writer and stick it out through boom or bust.

Hear from from Monthly editor Nick Feik, Founding Editor of The Lifted Brow Ronnie Scott, Writers Bloc Content Director Liam Pieper and non-fiction superstars Gillian Terzis, Ellena Savage, Amy Gray and Clementine Ford.


Everyone’s a critic. But what unique artistic opportunities does criticism offer, and what responsibilities come along with the job? Explore these questions with the experts at our criticism masterclass, which presents a full day of informative and inspiring events about the art, practice and importance of criticism.

Learn the ropes with professional critics who feature everywhere from The Re-Readers to Kill Your Darlings to some rag called the New Yorker.

To go in the draw, just share this page on Twitter or Facebook, and tag your post with #EWF16 and your choice of  #Criticism  or #FreelanceLife. We'll contact you if you're the lucky winner. It's that easy. Good luck! 

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our lucky winners!


The Emerging Writers' Festival is held in Melbourne from June 14 to June 24. Get involved, and check out the full program by clicking here.  

To check out the events we're most excited about at the festival, click here. 

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