The 2014 Emerging Writers' Festival launches on Tuesday night, and we can't wait. Today, we're sharing our favourite festival events. It's a huge program, with something for everyone - you can even take non-writing friends along to performance events and they'll have a great time. The biggest of congratulations to the festival staff for putting together such a great program. 

Many events at EWF are free, too, so no excuses - get ye to the festival!

Geoff Orton, Writers Bloc founder:

  • I would love to make the interstate drinks but it looks like I might just miss it. Convoy from Tullamarine?
  • The highlight for me in years past has been the writers' conference. Full days of mind expansion culminating in an excuse to douse yourself in wine afterwards is fine by me.
  • Having their words punch you in the face on paper, I can only imagine what it would be like to hear #ThreeJerks live. I get a sneak peek this week at the Sydney Writers' Festival and it's definitely going to be a highlight.​

Farz Edraki, podcast editor:

  • No Lights, No Literature: a panel of writers speaking to an audience of festival-goers in the dark. For real. Will it encourage a No Lights No Lycra/ Literature mash-up? Only time will tell.
  • DIY-Hards: Self-Publishing and Zines: one in a series of 'Industry Insiders' events. If you're DIY-inclined, this looks like a real treat.
  • Who Can Tell Whose Stories? I've often asked myself this question, and I'm still not sure of the answer. Maybe John Safran will be able to help out.

Emma Koehn, reviews editor:

  • Amazing Babes - featuring WB contributor Lou Heinrich and a bunch of other awesome literary ladies, telling stories of women who inspire them. + DJ set by Rookie/Filmme Fatales lady Brodie Lancaster. Excellent much?
    Ed's note: Cathy Petocz, who is part of the Amazing Babes lineup, is also this week's Writers Blocast guest so keep an eye out for her interview! (We're on iTunes, too. Subscribe so you'll never miss out.)
  • Industry Insiders: Audio stories - people who are good at the radio tell you how to make stories for the airwaves. Plays, journalism, podcasts and fun! Essential if you're gunning to be Ira Glass. 
  • Freelancing for Life Masterclass - making money from your work might seem funny now, but you'd better learn how to be organised when editors throw cash your way. Plus, imagine the adorable sight of a room full of writers deciphering accounting terms…
​Sam van Zweden, online editor:
  • Graphic Contents: A Night of Comics, Zines and Visual Oddities: Graphic novels and comics strike me as such a great way to communicate. We've had some fantastic international masters of the art visit Australia in the last year or two, and now EWF is doing its part to show off our stellar emerging locals. 
  • Thought for Food: Food is so wrapped up in our identities that we all have some kind of personal connection to it. I can't wait for this event!
  • Early words: Writing Body and Mind: This Early Words series is great - breakfast and something to think about all before I'm normally out of bed. Tuesday morning features chats about remembering that as writers, we have bodies too. This event will be Auslan interpreted.


The Emerging Writers Festival is running from 27th May - 6th June.

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Sam van Zweden was Writers Bloc’s Online Editor from 2013 - 2015. A Melbourne-based writer and blogger, her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Voiceworks, Tincture Journal, Page seventeen, and others. She’s passionate about creative nonfiction and cross stitch. She tweets @samvanzweden.