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 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 chef, lawyer writer and Masterchef star Adam Liaw and writer, editor and fellow lawyer Alice Pung and poet, rapper and writer Omar Musa. Sessions range from a class on crafting dialogue to a talk on music criticism.
State Library of Victoria. 9.30am-4.30pm. $45-$90. Jun 18-19.
You Might as Well Live
The Boon Companions, creators of cult immersive theatre experiences, invite you to dress up as a member of the 1930s literary elite for an evening of words and wine. Cheers, darling! 1000 Pound Bend. 7pm. $20. Sat Jun 18.
A favourite of the Emerging Writers Festival for several years now, the always-inspiring Amazing Babes will see a host of female writers (among them Amy Gray, Bronte Coates and Roj Amedi) paying respect to “the rebel girls, the riot girrrls and the just-a-girls). The Toff in Town. 7pm. $15-$17. Mon Jun 20.
Anyone who has seen a dinner party devolve into a showcase of everyone’s favourite YouTube videos (“mine next!”) will see the appeal of a more formalised version, hosted by talented writers including Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy) and political video mash-up master Huw Parkinson. ACMI. 8pm. $15-$17. Thu Jun 23.
It’s Not Easy Being Green
Jealousy. Every writer has felt the pain of peer envy; at worst, comparing your work to that of other writers can be crippling. This event, hosted by success stories like Michelle Law, Tim McGuire and Lorelei Vashti, will reassure you that every writer shares these feelings (though ironically, might force you to wonder how your jealousy compares to that of the people in the room). 1000 Pound Bend. 7pm. $15-$17. Fri Jun 24.
Emerging Writers Festival (June 14-24) will run across various locations around Melbourne. Visit the website for the full program.