Posted on 21. May, 2010 in Victoria

Victoria’s freshest new literary talent will come under the spotlight during the 2010 Emerging Writers’ Festival, launched today by the Arts Minister Peter Batchelor.

Mr Batchelor said the Emerging Writers’ Festival was an opportunity for up-and-coming writers to hone their craft and promote their work to a broader audience.

“This Festival stands out from the crowd because it is a festival for writers,” Mr Batchelor said.

“It provides a whole raft of practical workshops, ‘how to’ sessions and even a Creative Writing Bootcamp to inspire and develop new literary talent.

“It also offers audiences with a unique opportunity to connect with the best new writing from our literary stars of the future.”

The 2010 Festival highlights include:

  • STUCK IN A LIFT WITH… – A series of short interviews where emerging writers quiz one of their literary heroes about writing and books they enjoy reading;
  • PAGE PARLOUR – Over 40 stalls featuring the best undiscovered, underground, independent, obscure and locally-produced publications;
  • 48 HOUR PLAY GENERATOR – Six emerging writers and directors are tested beyond anything they’ve ever experienced to produce a play in 48 hours; and
  • CREATIVE WRITING BOOTCAMPSessions for inspiration, ideas, and a space in which to write. BYO laptop or notebook.


Mr Batchelor said the festival was one of a number of unique and dynamic literary initiatives in Victoria featured in Melbourne’s successful bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature.

“The diversity of literary activity in Victoria, and events like the Emerging Writers’ Festival, contribute to our reputation as one of the great literary cities of the world. They certainly impressed UNESCO and were key to securing our City of Literature designation,” he said.

“In a few short years the Emerging Writers’ Festival has become one of the nation’s most inspiring and accessible festivals for new writers, and its reputation is spreading.

“I understand that Edinburgh, our sister literary city, is now looking closely at the Emerging Writers’ Festival with a view to develop a similar initiative over there.”

In 2009, the Emerging Writers’ Festival moved into its new home at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, the centrepiece of the Brumby Labor Government’s City of Literature initiative.

“The Brumby Government is proud to support the emerging Writers’ Festival as part of our commitment to strengthening Melbourne’s status as a City of Literature, now and in the future,” Mr Batchelor said.

The 2010 Emerging Writers’ Festival runs from Friday, 21 May until Sunday, 30 May. For more information visit


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