2019 Program Announced

The National Young Writers’ Festival will be returning to Newcastle for four days this Labour Day Holiday Weekend from October 3-6. 

The festival will ramp up on Thursday with meet and greet games followed by the debate Is Flash Fiction is Just Bad Poetry? Later in the evening panelists will navigate the trials and tribulations of an arts career in the style of Dungeons and Dragons. The first night will wrap up with a Cuplet Poetry event and fan-favourite Late Night Reading, kicking off with the festival theme of FOUNDATIONS where artists will share their humble beginnings and not-so-sturdy paths to greatness. 

On Friday prizes will be had for those who can tell the difference between a genuine Trump tweet and a memebot at Fake News! Or you can catch a panel discussion on Environmental Writing considering the critical role of journalists in informing the public. BOSSY will hear from artists on the intersection of race and gender in the workplace; while Broadwave will present a workshop on how to write safely and sensitively about painful situations. Panel discussions for the day will continue with Decolonise Academia, Far Write examining how we report extremism, and Let’s Talk About: Tokenism in the first of a three-part series which will also cover Sex Work and Class

On Saturday artists will envision what their lives could have been like just a few generations earlier at Boomer Porn, followed by Ethical Editing, Born in the Wrong World: The role of genre fiction in queer culture, and CANCELLED, a consideration of the good and bad in cancel culture. The Younger Young Writers’ Festival for high school and university students will be running throughout the day, starting with All About Screen Writing. And finally, get in the mood for the annual Art Party by starting the evening with a wine and intimate chat with your favourite writers at W(h)ine with Writers.

If you haven’t already had your fill come along on the last day for a Sunday Roast: peas gravy and a light hearted reading where artists will confess, justify and call-out their favourite writers. Zine Fair will be on once again taking over the City Library, while Songlines will present a combined reading and Q&A showcasing Aboriginal writers sharing their craft and yarning about the art of oral story-telling; and in the evening Family Law invites NYWF alumni Benjamin Law to discuss career, family and what happens your job and siblings cross paths.

See our event page for the full #NYWF2019 program.

The National Young Writers’ Festival takes place on the unceded lands of the Awabakal and Worimi people, who have been sharing stories on the land since time immemorial. We pay our respects to their elders past, present, and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.