Playwriting Festival 2012 (Phone Bookings Only)

Saturday 3 March 2012, 10am-6:30pm

The first in our festival program for 2012 is the Playwriting Festival curated by award winning writer Kate Mulvany.

The Playwriting Festival will bring together some of Australia’s best and brightest playwrights, dramaturgs, artistic directors and reviewers including Van Badham, Vanessa Bates, Jane Bodie, Fraser Corfield, Duncan Graham, Kevin Jackson, Andrea JamesLeland Kean, Mark Kilmurry, John McCallum, Tony McNamara, Tommy Murphy, Debra Oswald, Lachlan Philpott, Polly Rowe, Diana Simmonds, Sam Strong, Augusta Supple and more to be announced. .....

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2012 Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow - Sold Out!


When: Saturday 3 November 2012, 10am – 6pm
Full Price
 $80; Member Price $55; Concession Member Price $45

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is back at the NSW Writers’ Centre, presenting the best of their annual ten-day festival in a special one-day event.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow program includes a series of panels and discussions about writing, writers and literary life; practical sessions such as The Pitch – offering no-holds-barred advice on the art of pitching your writing to editors, publishers and agents; the much-loved Creative Writing Bootcamp; and Living Library. .....

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Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival

On Saturday 30 June, the flagship festival of the NSW Writers’ Centre calendar returns with another day of discussion, panels, networking, industry insights from authors, playwrights, illustrators, publishers and editors.

Curated by Susanne Gervay, this year’s Festival will showcase Australian and international writers, illustrators, publishers and agents including Sally Murphy, multi-award winning author of Pearl Versus the World and Toppling will be here from New Zealand; Corinne Fenton, one of Australia’s best picture book authors will be travelling from Victoria; award winning author, scriptwriter and producer Pamela Rushby, whose new novel The Horses Didn’t Come Home has just been published, will be joining us from Queensland; Nina Rycroft, illustrator of the acclaimed Ballroom Bonanza will be flying in from New Zealand; and continuing our international focus, the keynote address “What the world is publishing”, will be delivered by Jill Corcoran, literary agent with the Herman Agency in New York. .....

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Kids & YA festival

SOLD OUT – Please call our office on 9555 9757 to go on our waitlist.
Saturday 28 June, 10am – 6pm
Full Price
 $90; Member Price $60; Concession Member Price $50

The Kids & YA literature festival is back at the NSW Writers’ Centre, showcasing some of Australia’s best-known and beloved authors, illustrators and publishers.

The festival program includes panels such as ‘Creating Worlds of Magic & Wonder’ and ‘Publishers: What They’re Looking For and How to Impress Them’, as well as an opportunity at the end of the day for ticket holders to pitch their ideas to an expert panel for the chance to win prizes. .....

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2014 Electric Literature

Who: Connor Tomas O’Brien
Monday 10 November 2014, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Full Price: $55; Member/Conc Member: $35
NSW Writers’ Centre

Connor Tomas O’Brien, director of the Digital Writers’ Festival, leads an engaging and thought-provoking seminar on writing digital literature. Imagine you were living in the future, with access to any form of technology imaginable. What kind of story would you tell, and how? Explore the interp

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Speculative Fiction Festival 2015

Speculative fiction is the literature of unbound imagination, an umbrella term broadly encompassing stories that feature fantastical, supernatural, or futuristic elements. Tales set in, at or on the fringe, teasing the peripheries of WHAT IF?

Join us on Saturday July 18th to explore a literary field that seeks to go beyond the farthest reaches of the imagination, to engage your sense of fear and wonder, and shed light on the possibilities and dangers that lie ahead.

The Speculative Fiction Festival is now SOLD OUT. Please contact the Writers’ Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to join the wait list. .....

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Creative Non-Fiction Festival 2015

Saturday 7 November 2015

The NSW Writers’ Centre is proud to announce its second Creative Non-Fiction Festival, curated by journalist, TV screenwriter, author and Good Weekend columnist Benjamin Law.

Our 2016 festival is for aspiring and practising writers, looking to hone their non-fiction skills in memoir and essay, criticism, profile and biography, science and medicine, opinion and columns, investigative journalism and travel writing. Beyond specific genres, another panel (‘Finding New Audiences’) sheds light on how non-fiction writers can translate their work into other platforms (radio, television and stage), while sessions titled #Protips and ‘How to Seduce an Editor’ offer invaluable industry insights from experts. .....

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Playwriting Festival 2016

The NSW Writers’ Centre is proud to unveil the third incarnation of its Playwriting Festival, curated by writer for stage, page, screen and sound Hilary Bell (Wolf Lullaby, The Splinter).

The 2016 festival is for playwrights looking to broaden their horizons, whether through skilling-up, diversifying their craft, or networking. The program draws together practitioners from major companies with regional playwrights, emerging artists, writers of musical theatre and of adaptations, to explore the ethical dimensions of the stories we tell and the variety of ways to get a production up. .....

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2016 Kids and YA Festival

2016 Kids and YA Festival

Connect with a community, gain industry insight and share your work at the 2016 Kids and YA Festival. With panels, workshops and a chance to pitch your unpublished manuscript, this year’s program offers the tools to take the next step in your writing career – whatever that might be.

Directed by children’s author Aleesah Darlison, the 2016 Kids and YA Festival is brimming with diverse and dynamic speakers, including some of our freshest faces and most established storytellers, along with a selection of top industry experts.

The program features over 40 speakers talking across 13 events. Highlights include keynote speaker Tristan Bancks (Two Wolves, the My Life series); 2010 Kids and YA pitching session winner Jodie Wells-Slowgrove (Wilderness Fairies series); award-winning author Sophie Masson (Hunter’s Moon, the Trinity duology); Curtis Brown literary agent Tara Wynne; media all-rounder Andrew Daddo (When I Grow Up, One Step); YA wunderkind Will Kostakis (The First Third, The Sidekicks); author of Introducing Teddy Jessica Walton; and more. .....

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Paying it Forward and Giving Back

Paying it Forward and Giving Back

One place left – please call the office on (02) 9555 9757 to sign up


Networking seminar for authors and illustrators as part of the 2016 Kids & YA Festival. With Sandy Fussell and Susan Whelan. 1-1.45pm, $10 additional fee with proceeds going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Henry Lawson Room.


Available to Kids & YA Festival ticket holders only.

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Quantum Words Festival

Quantum Words Festival

From the intricacies of DNA to alien planetary systems, science offers writers unparalleled scope to explore the universe and what it is to be human.

The NSW Writers’ Centre’s inaugural Quantum Words Festival, on 12 November 2016, will discuss the secrets and challenges of writing about science across any genre – be that journalism, children’s books, poetry or literary fiction. Directed by science writer and former science publisher Jane McCredie, the festival features leading science writers, editors and publishers talking about everything from controversies in science to new platforms for engaging with audiences. .....

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