NYWF Program Announced

The program for the 18th annual National Young Writers’ Festival is officially live!

This year will see over 100 artists from across the country assemble for more than 80 events over four days in celebration of the written and spoken word. This year’s festival will be dedicated to Kat Muscat.

Writers Abigail Ulman, Natalie Tran, Tom Ballard, Freya Newman and Paul Farrell will be among this year’s guests.

NYWF is Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms including zines, comics, blogging, screenwriting, poetry, spoken word, hip hop, journalism, comedy, songwriting and prose. This year’s festival is set to be our biggest yet and will deliver an assortment of performances, debates, workshops, panels, readings, in conversations and roundtables on topics that push the envelope further and further.

This year we’re exploring themes of gender and identity in Trans Stories, press freedom and whistleblowing in our Big Issues series (1, 2, 3 and 4) and everything in between from Women of Colour to the Australian Poetry Slam.

We’re ramping up our workshop program to kick-start careers in screenwriting, pitching, podcasting, freelancing and more. And with performances, debates and social events, there will be something for everyone.

The festival will take place in venues and spaces across Newcastle from theatres, hotels and cafes to churches, public malls and scenic cliffs. Those who can’t make it to Newcastle can attend vicariously through the NYWF website and social media pages thanks to the NYWF Press Room – a team of writers, photographers, videographers and podcasters who will be on the ground to bring all the action back to the people at home.

See the full NYWF program here and the full list of artists featured this year here.

Check out the full This is Not Art Program here, including all the events from the Crack Theatre Festival, Critical Animals and special guests Ladyz in Noyz.