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Emerging Writers’ Festival Program Launch: Divinations


Celebrate the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s debut as a springtime affair, at the official unveiling of the 2024 program.

About the Event

For 21 years, EWF has remained a portal for storytellers embarking on their journey. It is where creative connections are made, new stories are dreamt up, and radical futures are imagined. For many writers and readers alike, EWF foretells a rich life of storytelling.

The 2024 Emerging Writers’ Festival will be held in September. Delight in this refreshing seasonal shift, and learn what’s in store for this year’s festival.

Witness writers Adalya Nash Hussein, Xiaole Zhan, Madison Griffiths, Festival Guest Curator Mackenzie Lee, and the extended EWF Programming Team as they divine and speculate their own creative, literary possibilities. Afterwards, mingle and envision your own 2024 EWF adventure, fresh program in hand.


Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival


This event is free but bookings are essential.

A live stream of this event will also be available from this page at 6.30pm on Thursday 1 August. Bookings are not required.


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About the Emerging Writers Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals. The Festival exists to develop, nurture and promote Australia’s new writing talent, creating platforms for connecting writing communities and their audiences.

Through the flagship festival in Melbourne and an annual program of events, EWF provides opportunities for emerging writers to develop professionally, and supports them to engage new and larger audiences.

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Kanika Chopra

Kanika is a writer, editor, and sometimes creative writing teacher with a desire to elevate the voices of underrepresented artists and writers. She has Co-Directed NYWF 2023, and is Associate Producer for EWF 2024. They are also the creator and editor of the literary zine More than Melanin which ... Read more

Madison Griffiths

Madison Griffiths is an author, artist and producer. Her debut book Tissue (Ultimo Press) was released in 2022, and is a boldly poetic meditation on abortion and what it has the power to represent. She is the co-producer of Tender, a podcast that tracks the journey of individuals as they decide to ... Read more

Portrait of Adalya Nash Hussein
Adalya Nash Hussein

Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Ibis House, Meanjin, Overland and Going Down Swinging. She has been an Emerging Writers’, Festival Melbourne Recital Centre Writer in Residence, a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and shortlisted for t... Read more

Mackenzie Lee

Mackenzie Lee is a queer First Nations poet. With Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman, and Karajarri ancestry, mixed with Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Anglo-Australian heritage, they are a creative whose ties to culture, country, and saltwater connects them to their storyteller ancestors. Lee wri... Read more

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh

Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh is a writer, producer and arts worker living and creating on unceded Wurundjeri land. Ruby is currently the Artistic Director and co-CEO of Emerging Writers’ Festival and is a co-founder of the Latinx arts collective, Yo Soy.

Jess Zanoni

Jess Zanoni is a writer and musician. She makes music in Arbes and Za Noon. She is the current Program Coordinator of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Her work has appeared in The Age, Cordite Poetry Review, Voiceworks, The Victorian Writer, Beat Magazine and sick leave. ... Read more

Xiaole Zhan

Xiaole Zhan (they/them) is a Chinese-New Zealand writer and composer based in Naarm. They are the recipient of the 2024 Kat Muscat Fellowship. They were also the winner of the 2023 Kill Your Darlings Non-Fiction Prize for their autobiographical essay Think An Empty Room, Moonly With Phoneglow explor... Read more


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