We look forward to seeing you both online and in person when it’s festival time!

When it comes to accessing our online program, you can best prepare by:

Creating an account 

Register your details so that you can create your personalised schedule when our next program goes live. It also signs you up to receive any important emails from us regarding news, opportunities and more  This should just take a few minutes.

By registering for an account you will also be able to:


1. Reserve your spot for special events

Some of our programmed sessions will have limited capacity, or have limited access for privacy reasons. RSVP for these special events to make sure you can get in on the day.

2. Create your own festival schedule

See an event you like? Add it to your own personalised schedule! This will help you keep track of all the amazing things you are wanting to see, do and experience. These schedules can be saved, downloaded, printed and edited to help make your festival experience as easy as possible!


3. Tune in and get involved

Log in for your scheduled events: you can watch directly from your account dashboard, and some events will also be streamed through our social media pages. Comment and engage with events on social media: tag us at @nywf / @nationalyoungwritersfestival, #nywf. Most events will also be available for on-demand streaming after their initial broadcast, so you can watch at your own pace. For the best viewing experience, we recommended you watch the videos on a desktop device.




Accessibility and participation guide


Code of Conduct

All audience members, artists and team members are required to follow our Code of Conduct. Read the Code of Conduct.


All our core events are FREE. On rare occasions we have a one-off session with a ticket price; in these cases entry fees are charged to recoup production costs rather than for profit. We are committed to being as financially accessible as possible, and will not charge for events unless there is no other way to create them.


Online / digital

NYWF since 2022 runs as a hybrid model – retaining a digital program that exists alongside the usual festival in Newcastle NSW, which means you can access NYWF from anywhere! It also means, however, that an internet connection is needed to access events. 



Many of our events have closed captions at the time of broadcast, you can filter/search our current on demand videos over on YouTube for which are captioned. 



We have tried to program a range of event experiences, whether that’s full-length performances, short readings, multi-artist chats, or a shared Google doc created as a durational collaborative writing experiment. You can engage with events as they are being broadcast, or you can watch back later at a time that suits you. You can filter events by type when browsing, and our website also has a ‘night mode’ to reduce screen luminosity. In other words, we hope that whatever kind of festival format you’re into, we have at least something for you. 


Anything else?

Have we missed something? Get in touch with us.