Thursday, September 28, 2017

YYWP Session A: Becoming a writer

Thursday, September 28, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

There are many ways to become a writer, whether you're a budding bard in your bedroom or on a higher education track to earn a degree. Hear different perspectives on how to become a writer.

NYWF Class of 2017 Mixer Event

Thursday, September 28, 2017
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

That awkward first hour of the dance, where people cling to the walls and subtly check name tags. Embrace that feeling!

E-Lit Reading

Thursday, September 28, 2017
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Whether it be twine game, chatbot, or hypertext poetry, these artists discuss the limitation, provocation and potential of digital meaning-making.

Festival Game

Thursday, September 28, 2017
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

It's the NYWF Festival Game!

Dating an Artist is Definitely the Worst Thing You Can Do

Thursday, September 28, 2017
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Much like that time I dated identical twins, being with a fellow creative can have high highs and low lows. Should you dip your nib in the office ink?

Micro-Macro Word Hurl No Biscuit Poetry Anti-Bad Slam

Thursday, September 28, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

All the poetry slams. All at once. This may not work. Open mic.

Late Night Readings: Home and Away

Thursday, September 28, 2017
10:30 pm - 11:45 pm

Come end the day's festivities with readings from the nation's best and brightest writers.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Coming into Culture

Panel

Friday, September 29, 2017
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Keeping to your roots and writing as an expat or child of migrants.

YYWP Session B: Making media

YYWP

Friday, September 29, 2017
10:00 am - 12:45 pm

The media industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. How can youth forge a path in this dynamic landscape?

Coding Club for the Computer-Averse

Workshop

Friday, September 29, 2017
11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Are you a tech-daunted writer looking dip a toe into digital creativity? You've come to the right place. Talk and learn coding in this cool club.

Copywriting and Professional Communication Workshop

Workshop

Friday, September 29, 2017
11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Learn how to turn your casual comms into sparkling copy, fit for any target audience.

Can’t Get the Country OUT

Roundtable

Friday, September 29, 2017
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Living in rural areas has many drawbacks for young writers. But what about the pros? Country kids discuss the indelible mark growing up 'bush' has on their writing.

Words Against Violence

Panel

Friday, September 29, 2017
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

How do we respond to a world of violence, injustice, and war? Here, writers will discuss how they meet this challenge in their work.

Poetry Lunch

Reading

Friday, September 29, 2017
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Back by popular demand and hungry tummies. Get a bite to eat and hear some poetry!

YYWP Session C: Advanced fiction

YYWP

Friday, September 29, 2017
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Love writing but need some guidance on craft? Advice on including diverse characters and writing on difficult topics.

Get Organised and Get Paid

Workshop

Friday, September 29, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

"Did you receive my invoice?" is a mantra in the freelancing world. Get equipped with the skills and spreadsheets you need to organise your finances and records.

The Unlimits of Truth

In Conversation

Friday, September 29, 2017
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

What happens when a novelist mines from their own life, or a non-fiction writer invents scenes and events that never happened? Join us for this exploration into the limits of truth.

What the Spewcastle?!?!

Street Event

Friday, September 29, 2017
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Penis towers, obelisks, lighthouses like chess piece rooks ... a theme is emerging. Poets and writers scour Newcastle's streets, creating pieces on the urban landscape before our very eyes.

What Would a Non-Sexist City Look Like?

Panel

Friday, September 29, 2017
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

We're still grappling for answers, 37 years after Dolores Hayden first asked this question. How can we write ourselves into the future when we don't fit into the spaces provided?

Wax Scientifical

Panel

Friday, September 29, 2017
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Science writing is about details, much like writing in minutae. Let's blur the lines between science and art and watch it disintegrate into truth.

Word Nerd Grammar Gabbers

In Conversation

Friday, September 29, 2017
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Words are real good! Grammar are better. These two pedants will spin you some feghoots and redraft your malaphors.

Poetry and Visual Art Workshop

Workshop

Friday, September 29, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Come join us here, at the place where poetry meets image. A workshop where you'll learn to capture the spirit of an image with words.

Student Media Symposium

Special Event

Friday, September 29, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:15 pm

An annual coming together of the nation's student media outlets, discussing everything from wrangling volunteers to healthy work environments.

Building Communities

Panel

Friday, September 29, 2017
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

What does it take to build a community?

Going Off Script

Panel

Friday, September 29, 2017
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

The writer's role on stage, film, TV and the net varies, but all must negotiate the difficulties of their words leaving the page.

Our Place & Other Parts of Us

Panel

Friday, September 29, 2017
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Three Aboriginal writers discuss how they navigate place, identity and all the other parts of themselves in their writing.

Fake News Gameshow

Special Event

Friday, September 29, 2017
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

We have only the fakest news. This news, it is fake. Make America fake again. Audience participation encouraged.

Reading Night in Translation

Reading

Friday, September 29, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Hear these writers read pieces in a language other than English and bask in the understanding that can transcend language barriers.

Maintain the Rage

Panel

Friday, September 29, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Activist writing comes in many forms, but even the most passionate people can be undone by media backlash.

No Empire

Panel

Friday, September 29, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

How can we decolonise our writing in a time of renewed empire building?

Galaxy Web

Special Event

Friday, September 29, 2017
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

The Galaxy Web is calling you! An evening of collaborative performances, art and adventure. Drop in and have your mind blown.

Games: Write, Play, Repeat

Digital Program

Friday, September 29, 2017
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

What role does writing have in games? Everything! Join us for a discussion of the powers, practice, and pitfalls of storytelling in games

Made in Aotearoa

Reading

Friday, September 29, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

They say the best writers in Australia come from New Zealand. To put that to the test, we gather the finest, hottest writers from the right side of the Tasman to showcase their absurdly rad talents.

Baby Shower

Special Event

Friday, September 29, 2017
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

We're having a BAAAABY! Actually, lots of babies. Come and celebrate with everyone who has birthed a paper baby into the world this year.

Multi-Media Multi-Verse

Reading

Friday, September 29, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm

Comic, digital media and multi-media writers mash it up.

Late Night Readings: Turning Points

Reading

Friday, September 29, 2017
10:30 pm - 11:45 pm

Come end the day's festivities with readings from the nation's best and brightest writers.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Writing for Kids and Young People

Panel

Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00 am - 10:45 am

What makes young readers tick? Four writers talk about what sets it apart, the challenges, and the practice of writing for younger readers.

Internal Strife

Roundtable

Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Working for nothing in the arts is increasingly common. But what can you get out of an internship, and how do you know you're not being exploited?

FBi Radio Presents

Special Event

Saturday, September 30, 2017
11:00 am - 11:45 am

The hosts of FBi's Backchat Radio, Osman Faruqi and Ariel Bogle, will chat politics with festival artists.

Tiny Boat Presents: Survival Zines Workshop

Workshop

Saturday, September 30, 2017
11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Let Vince Ruston be your personal Doomsday prepper: they'll help you create a survival zine for all those moments of self-doubt, illness or crisis.

(Care)ering for Yourself

Roundtable

Saturday, September 30, 2017
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Care about your career but also care about your person? Do you want to?

Emerging Editors

Panel

Saturday, September 30, 2017
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

What makes a good pitch or sparkling copy? Some of the nation's new and emerging editors give you the insider tips.

Represent(dis)ability

Roundtable

Saturday, September 30, 2017
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Disability is reality: join these writers in a discussion about action.

Poetry Lunch

Reading

Saturday, September 30, 2017
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Back by popular demand and hungry tummies. Get a bite to eat and hear some poetry!

Grand Final Commentary

Special Event

Saturday, September 30, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

"Go the maggots!" "What a good catch." "How many points is that again?" Grand final commentary like you've never heard it before. Super sports open mic at half time.

Writing Animals

Panel

Saturday, September 30, 2017
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

The ethics, responsibilities and techniques that apply when writing about our non-human friends.

No Country For Old White Men

Panel

Saturday, September 30, 2017
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

"We need more diversity", they cry, scrabbling for a token minority writer. But how can we move forward and smash those glass ceilings and ivory towers?

Questions for the Nation: Newcastle

Special Event

Saturday, September 30, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Who do we want to be, and how are we going to get there? In partnership with the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, Helen Withycombe hosts a discussion on the present and future of the nation.

Quit Making Excuses Workshop

Workshop

Saturday, September 30, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

There are many things in the world that make writers blocked. Gabrielle Tozer has been through it all and is ready to help you get through it too.

Growing Up Asian in Australia

Roundtable

Saturday, September 30, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

In partnership with OzAsia: 10 years on from Alice Pung's anthology, what's changed? Asian-identifying writers only are welcome to this closed session.

Writing Towards Healing

Roundtable

Saturday, September 30, 2017
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Writing can be stressful. Learn how to keep it together under the pressures of deadlines and other conditions.

Lyrical Poetry vs Experimental Poetry

Debate

Saturday, September 30, 2017
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

"""Go down /
the /
r a b b i t h o l e
For decades the line has been drawn,
and brok
en

It's time to settle the score! Traditional and experimental poets battle it out. Whose poetry

Show and Tell

Roundtable

Saturday, September 30, 2017
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Gather 'round children. It's comics time. Take a chair as four comicbook makers share their work, inspiration and processes.

The Body Politic

Panel

Saturday, September 30, 2017
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Don't be a Mia Freedman: four people talk about writing bodies that aren't your own in a constructive and supportive way.

Alumni Ultimatum – Ne Oblivarus

Special Event

Saturday, September 30, 2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

NYWF alumni over the past 20 years celebrate the festival and share their memories together.

Hot Tapes

Panel

Saturday, September 30, 2017
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

In the age of hot takes and unnecessary comments, what makes a review stand out from the pack? Four writers and editors share their insight on a writing style common throughout online media.

Infiltrate or Obliterate?

Debate

Saturday, September 30, 2017
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Mainstream Australian media is no friend to those just getting on their feet. How do we welcome a new generation of writers? Infiltration or obliteration?

Tiny Diamonds Poetry Workshop

Workshop

Saturday, September 30, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Work as a group to transform your poem from haiku, to renga and before you know it you'll have 'found' a poem you never knew you had.

Comedy as a Weapon

Panel

Saturday, September 30, 2017
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

These conscientious objectors bring their rage to the page and make you gasp with laughs. But do comedians have an obligation to comment on the world?

Real Talk

Panel

Saturday, September 30, 2017
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

The written word isn't for everyone. Capturing people in their own words in film, audio and theatre is important, especially for People of Colour and displaced or otherwise marginalised communities.

Sincerity is the New Black

Panel

Saturday, September 30, 2017
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Is ironic distance dead? Is vulnerability, honesty, and sincerity the new black?

NYWF Ball: Class of 1998

Special Event

Saturday, September 30, 2017
8:00 pm - 11:45 pm

Come celebrate our 20th birthday in true nineties style!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Experimental Poetry Workshop

Workshop

Sunday, October 1, 2017
11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Caught on caesura? Intent on iambic? Pent up on pentameter? We've got the goss on L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, postmodern writers, minimalism and beyond.

Careers Day

Special Event

Sunday, October 1, 2017
11:00 am - 3:45 pm

Careers Day is back for another year. Learn from the best in the business on what you need to stay afloat and have a sustainable career.

Zine Fair

Street Event

Sunday, October 1, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Drop in and pick up the latest zines from around Australia and check out all that's groovin' DIY style.

Queerness in Fiction

Roundtable

Sunday, October 1, 2017
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Not all representation is good representation! Learn about examples of good and bad writing of LGBTQ characters.

Cartooning About *ISSUES*

In Conversation

Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Fred Bassett is all very well, but these artists strip themselves bare on the page (metaphorically and sometimes, literally).

Changing Languages

Panel

Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Language is an ever-growing organism, but it can't just be shaped by those in the mainstream.

Witchcraft Workshop

Workshop

Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

No matter how good your spelling, sometimes your writing just needs a touch of magic. Learn to write about spiritual practice and incorporate magic into your writing life.

The Climes They Are A’Changin’

Panel

Sunday, October 1, 2017
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

We're at the turning point of one of the greatest man-made threats to life on Earth. Is our writing doing it justice?

Bad Queers Workshop

Workshop

Sunday, October 1, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Plot twist: queer villains need good representation too! How do we write them without falling into negative tropes?

Phone It In

Special Event

Sunday, October 1, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Have you spotted an old-timey telephone? Well blow me down with a feather, that may well be a Story Phone! The winner (as voted by you!) will be announced at the Sunday Wind Down.

Ways of Seeing, Ways of Writing

Roundtable

Sunday, October 1, 2017
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Imagination is essential to writing. Two writers discuss how they stay curious and embrace the contradictions, collisions, and strangeness of the world around them.

Writing From the Wound

Panel

Sunday, October 1, 2017
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Writing about mental illness can be a powerful tool to heal and confront trauma. Join these writers in a frank and intimate look into this world of writing.

TOUCH DOWN! Subbed In Sydney Satellite

Reading

Sunday, October 1, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

The Subbed In Sydney Satellite returns to Novocastia 1 to showcase the crazy capers of their moonface minds. Open mic slots.

Group Chat

Digital Program

Sunday, October 1, 2017
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

From social media selfhood to shitposting as poetry, is our writing online, writing? Is it us? Most importantly, is it funny??

Spelling Bee

Special Event

Sunday, October 1, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Knock it off, honey, I see your silent K. Winner gets crowned Queen Bee of the festival with a wonderful crown.

Once More With Feeling

Special Event

Sunday, October 1, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“What can’t we do if we’re together?” Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ground-breaking feminist TV show Buffy The Vampire Slayer in a cross-festival event with BITE.

Arts Festivals Are Bad!

Debate

Sunday, October 1, 2017
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

NYWF goes ~meta~! Join us for this (very important) discussion on what, exactly, festivals are for and whether they are good (yay) or bad (oh no!) for the arts in Australia.

What the Spewcastle?!?!

Reading

Sunday, October 1, 2017
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Penis towers, obelisks, lighthouses like chess piece rooks ... a theme is emerging. Poets and writers scour Newcastle's streets, creating pieces on the urban landscape before our very eyes.

Petty Hates

Reading

Sunday, October 1, 2017
8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Have you ever lost an argument you won over and over in your head the next day or week or year? So have these writers! Come join them in revisiting arguments they should have won.

Comedy Club

Special Event

Sunday, October 1, 2017
9:00 pm - 11:45 pm

Comedy gala featuring NYWF artists, local stand ups and performers from Not Just for Laughs.

Fan Fiction Cos-Play Reading

Reading

Sunday, October 1, 2017
9:00 pm - 10:15 pm

Xena, Harry Potter, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or David and Margaret ... We can't tell you who these writers are going to ship, but they will look damn fine doing it.

Late Night Readings: Odes to Joy

Reading

Sunday, October 1, 2017
10:30 pm - 11:45 pm

Come end the day's festivities with readings from the nation's best and brightest LGBTQ writers. Tonight, these writers will be telling you what makes their hearts sing with joy.