at The Wheeler Centre

Emerging Writers’ Festival Program Launch: The Discomfort Zone

The Emerging Writers' Festival brings writers together – with each other and new audiences – to inspire, create and entertain. It just keeps getting bigger and better … and this year, it gets a new director too, in Sam Twyford Moore.

The fun starts at the 2013 program launch, where four writers will be challenged to leave their comfort zones behind and write well outside their genres.

How will the comedian survive being asked to write a serious literary affair? How will the writer of young adult deal with having to write erotica for a very different, very adult audience? How is the graphic novelist going to cope writing a cookbook?

Be amused (and maybe learn something new) at this genre-bending writers’ challenge.


Portrait of Sam Twyford-Moore

Sam Twyford-Moore

Sam Twyford-Moore is a writer and the founding host of The Rereaders, a fortnightly literary and cultural podcast. From 2012 until 2015, he was the Festival Director and CEO of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, during which time he directed three Melbourne-based festivals, launched the Digital Writers’ Festival and toured the festival to Hobart, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and across Indonesia. As a writer he has contributed to the Monthly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Australian, Meanjin, the Guardian, the Lifted Brow and others. He is the author of The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania published in August 2018.

Portrait of Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald is an author of books for children and young adults.

Portrait of Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international bestseller Addition (2008) was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl (2010) was published internationally and has been optioned for film, while Nine Days (2012) was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and named in Kirkus Review’s Top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her latest novel is Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (2016). Toni has been published widely in newspapers and magazines.

Portrait of Nicki Greenberg

Nicki Greenberg

Nicki Greenberg is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Her first books, The Digits series, were published when she was fifteen years old. They sold more than 380,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand.

Portrait of Luke Ryan

Luke Ryan

Luke Ryan is a freelance writer, comedian and man about town. He writes short-form non-fictionwith a comic edge and is about to release his debut book,A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo, a comedy memoir about having had cancer a couple of times, due for release through Affirm Press in July 2014.


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