It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a team of awesome people to put on the National Young Writers’ Festival. If you’d like to help out, we’d love to hear from you. Here’s how you can help:


People who help people the National Young Writers’ Festival are the luckiest people in the world.

This year’s NYWF is set to be an amazing maze of panels, readings, debates and special events geared to be the biggest and best boot camp for young writers in Australia.

You don’t need any special skills or experience to volunteer – just enthusiasm and the willingness to lend us your time. You’ll need to get yourself to Newcastle for the festival (28 Sept – 1 Oct) and find yourself a place to sleep, and in return you’ll be part of making NYWF as awesome as possible.

You’ll meet some incredible people, get a wicked t-shirt, see a bunch of great events and gain experience into the inner workings of the festival. In 2017 we’re also hoping to provide mentorship in any way we can. Previous volunteers have come back as festival artists and staff, so this could be the start of a beautiful, ongoing friendship.

Interested? Flick an email to with your age, phone number, and you too could climb aboard the good ship NYWF. Toot toot!


The National Young Writers’ Festival gladly accepts donations from its supporters and fans. We are a not-for-profit organisation with DGR status registered with the NSW Department of Fair Trading. All monies raised go towards making a bigger, better festival. All donations over AUD $2 are tax deductible.

In 2017 we will be launching a campaign around our 20th birthday! If you’d like to be kept informed about 20th year events and to find out how you can participate in the celebration please email

For further details about other ways to donate or show your support, please contact our Festival Chair at

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with NYWF, or would like to offer your assistance in any other way, contact us at