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The Emerging Writers Festival announces a talented-filled program

Whether you’re learning to make your way in the world as a writer or you’re just up for fascinating talks and good times, make sure you catch at least one of these eye-opening events.

Time Out's top 5 picks of the Emerging Writers Festival

National Writers' Conference 
This is the big one – one whole weekend of talks from this year's festival ambassadors, which include Melissa Lucashenko, Obernewtyn series author Isobelle Carmody, poet Ellen van Neerven (yes, she of the famous 'Mango' poem), Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Stuart Grant. State Library of Victoria. 9.30am-4.30pm. $50-$95. Jun 23-24.

Speakeasy: Money, Sex and Death
Although they are not supposed to be topics you bring up at the dinner table or at parties, money, sex and death are some of our biggest preoccupations. Each event will focus on one of these taboo subjects, with keynote speakers giving their take followed by a roundtable discussion. Discussing money will be Esther Anatolitis, Farah Farouque and Helen Razer. Talking about sex will be Dani Weber, Angela Serrano and Dion Kagan. And the panel on death will be Pia Interlandi, Hayley West and Elizabeth Flux. Brunswick Mechanics Institute. 6.30pm $40. Jun 26 (Money), Jun 27 (Sex), Jun 28 (Death). 

Amazing Babes
A favourite of the Emerging Writers Festival for several years now, the always-inspiring Amazing Babes features female writers (among them AIldi Ali, Leah Avene, Kate ten Buuren, Simona Castricum, Shastra Deo, Eugenia Flynn, Soreti Kadir and Manal Younus) in a celebration of "the babes that make our lives better". Northcote Town Hall. 7pm. $17-$19. Jun 25. 

Queer Icons Party
Part party, part badass interweaving of queer histories and stories, entirely fun, this is a night not to be missed. The aritsts include Adolfo Aranjuez, Quinn Eades, June Jones, Chris Tse and Peter Polites, and Jennifer Loveless will be spinning the tunes. Alpha60 Chapter House. 8pm. $20. Jun 23.

Intensives: Podcasting
It seems like everyone and her dog has a podcast these days, but what makes a good one? How do you manage audio content? Successful podcast producers and hosts will present lots of tips and tricks of the trade to help wannabe Sarah Koenigs get started. The Wheeler Centre10am-1pm. $45-$55. Jun 27.  

Emerging Writers Festival (June 19-29) will run across various locations around Melbourne. Visit the website for the full program.

By: Cassidy Knowlton

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