Writers Events in Australia 2021

PLEASE NOTE:  COVID RESTRICTIONS MAY CAUSE EVENTS TO CHANGE SUDDENLY. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS

January

Jan 31 ONLINEMass Con, Adelaide, SA. Speculative fiction, pop culture.

February

Feb 5-28: Perth Festival, Perth, WA. Includes gen. lit.
Feb 8-10 ONLINEALIA Information Online conference, Sydney, NSW. Libraries.
Feb 13-21: Orange Banjo Paterson Festival, Orange, NSW. Bush poetry, Banjo.
Feb 20 ONLINEFestival of the Photocopier and Zine Fair, Melbourne, VIC. Zines
Feb 25-27 + Mar 1-5 ONLINE : Voices on the Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD. Schools (YA, children’s) focus.
Feb 27: GenreCon, Brisbane, QLD. Romance, crime, speculative fiction, industry. (Biennial)
Feb 27 – Mar 4 (ONLINE COMPONENT): Adelaide Writers Week, Adelaide, SA. Gen. lit. stream.

March

Mar 5-7: Stories of Influence, Lake Tyers, VIC. Gen. lit.
Mar 6-7: Oz Comic-Con, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Mar 11-13: Noosa Alive, Noosa, QLD. Gen lit stream.
POSTPONED TO 2022Kids & YA Festival, Sydney, NSW. Kids, YA.
Mar 13-14: Oz Comic-Con, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Mar 13-20: Somerset Storyfest (was Somerset Celebration of Literature), Gold Coast, QLD. Children’s, YA, gen lit.
Mar 19: Read To Me Day, international. Share the love.
Mar 19-28: Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Launceston, TAS. Poetry.
Mar 24-26: Emergence creative festival, Margaret River, WA. Multi-media, cross-disciplinary. (Biennial)
Mar 25-28: Oracles of the Bush, Tenterfield, NSW. Bush poetry.
Mar 26-28: Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne, VIC. Art/illustrated books.

April

Apr 8-11: Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong, VIC. Bush poetry.
Apr 10-11: Supanova, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Apr 16-18: Jane Austen Festival Australia, Canberra, ACT. All things Jane.
Apr 17-18: Supanova, Gold Coast, QLD. Pop culture.
Apr 23-24: Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Program, Newcastle NSW. Emerging.
Apr 23 – May 8: Shakespeare on the River, Stratford, VIC. Things Shakespeare.
POSTPONED TBC Apr 24-26: Swancon, Perth, WA. Spec fic.
Apr 26 – May 2: Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Gen. lit.
Apr 28: Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Sydney, NSW. Industry.
Apr 30 – May 2 (ONSITE STREAMING): SWF Live and Local, Huonville, TAS. Gen. lit.

May

May 1-2: Boonah Writers Festival, Boonah, QLD. Gen. lit.
May 1-2: Clunes Booktown Festival, Clunes, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 3-9: Scribblers, Claremont, WA. YA, children’s.
May 7-9 (inc. ONLINE): Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Gen. lit.
May 7-9: Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo, VIC. Gen. lit.
May 8: Love YA, Brisbane, QLD. YA. Part of Brisbane Writers Festival. YA
May 14-16: Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival, Penola and Coonawarra, SA. Gen. lit. stream.
May 14-16: Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, WA. Gen. lit.
May 14-16: HeadLand Writers Festival, Tathra, NSW. Gen. lit.
May 14-30 (weekends): Queenscliffe Literary Festival, Queenscliff, Point Londsdale, VIC.  Gen. lit.
May 17-23: Library and Information Week, national. Libraries.
May 19: National Simultaneous Storytime, national. Encouraging reading.
May 22-23: Jugiong Writers Festival, Jugiong, NSW. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
May 28-29: Readers and Writers Esperance Finale Weekend, Esperance, WA. Gen. lit.

June

Jun 4-6: Denmark Festival of Voice, Denmark, WA. Includes poetry, spoken word, readings, talks.
Jun 5: Creative Kids Tales Writers Festival, Gymea, NSW. Childrens.
Jun 11-13: Capricorn Coast Writers Festival, Yeppoon, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jun 11-13: Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC. General lit. Also May 9, Jul 11, Aug 8
Jun 11-14: Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.
Jun 11-14: Words on the Waves, Central Coast, NSW. General lit.
Jun 12 (ONLINE), 14: Australian Fairy Tale Society Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW. Fairy tales.
Jun 16-23: Winterwords, Beechworth, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jun 16-26: Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jun 17-26: Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, various locations within Brimbank city, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jun 18-20: StoryFest, Milton region, NSW. Gen. lit.
Jun 18-20: Williamstown Literary Festival, Williamstown, VIC. General lit.
Jun 18 – Jul 4: FAWQ Readers and Writers Festival, Moreton Bay region, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jun 19-20: Supanova, Sydney, NSW. Pop culture.
Jun 20-22 (plus online): Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Conference and Trade Exhibition, Melbourne, VIC. Industry.
Jun 22-24: Outback Writers Festival, Winton, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jun 25-27: A Literary Weekend at Blarney Books, Port Fairy, VIC. Gen. lit.
Jun 26-27: Oz Comic-Con, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Jun 26-27: Supanova, Perth, WA. Pop culture.
Jun 28-30 ONLINEIPEd national editors conference. Editing, industry. (Biennial)

July

Jul weekends ONLINE: Children’s and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators (CYA) Conference, Brisbane. Children’s and YA.
Jul 2-3: Perth Comic Arts Festival, Perth, WA. Comics.
Jul 3-4: Oz Comic-Con, Melbourne, VIC. Pop culture.
Jul 10: Rockingham Writers Convention, Rockingham, WA. Industry.
Jul 14-16: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD. Children, YA, schools.
Jul 16-18 (inc. ONLINE)Mildura Writers Festival, Mildura, VIC. General lit.
Jul 16-18: Yarra Valley Writers Festival, Healesville, Vic. Gen. lit.
Jul 20-24 (ONLINE): Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Conference, online. Oz lit, academic.
Jul 23-25: Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival, Ayr, QLD. Gen. lit.
Jul 30-31: Shoalhaven Readers & Writers Festival, Nowra, NSW. Children’s.
Jul 30 – Aug 1: Corrugated Lines, Broome, WA. Gen. lit.
Jul 31 – Aug 1 (ONLINE): KidLitVic, Melbourne, VIC. Kids and YA, industry.

August

Aug 1-8: StoryArts Festival Ipswich, Ipswich, QLD. Children’s.
Aug 6-8: Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 12-15: RWA Conference, Gold Coast, QLD. Romance
Aug 13-15: Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, Cairns, QLD. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Aug 13-15: Romance Writers of Australia conference, Gold Coast, QLD. Romance.
Aug 18-22: Canberra Writers Festival, Canberra, ACT. General lit.
Aug 20-22: Kimberley Writers Festival, Kununurra, WA. General lit.
Aug 21-22: Mudgee Readers’ Festival, Mudgee, NSW. General lit.
Aug 21: Writers Unleashed (Sutherland Shire Writers Festival), Gymea, NSW. Gen. lit.
Aug 21-27: Book Week, national school-based events hosted by Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Aug 26-29: NT Writers Festival, Alice Springs, NT. Gen lit.
Aug 28: CapriCon, Rockhampton, QLD. Steampunk, pop culture.
Aug 30 – Sep 4: Indigenous Literacy Week, nationwide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus.

September

Sep 3-12: Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.
Sep 8-12: Write Around the Murray, Albury, NSW. Gen. lit.
Sep 10-12: BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW. Crime.
Sep 10-19: Perth Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry.

Sep 10-11 Logan Writers Festival Queensland https://loganwritersfestival.com.au/


Sep 14: Australian Reading Hour, national. Reading promotion.
Sep 24-26: Newcastle Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. General lit.
Sep 30 – Oct 3: Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival, Geraldton, WA. General lit.
Sep 30 – Oct 17: Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne, VIC. Lit performance element.

October

Oct 1-4 (inc. ONLINE): National Young Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. Focus on writers 18-35.
Oct 2-4: Conflux, Canberra, ACT. Spec fic.
Oct 2-4: Write On Festival (formerly Flash Fiction Fun Weekend), Canberra, ACT. Industry.
Oct 8-10: Omega Writers Conference, Kingscliff, NSW. Christian.
Oct 8-10: Hobart Writers Festival, Hobart, TAS. Gen. lit. (Biennial)
Oct 9: Giiyong Festival, Jigamy, NSW. Indigenous.
Oct 16-17: Book Links StoryArts Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD. Children’s, industry.
Oct 22-24: Blue Mountains Writers Festival, Katoomba, NSW. Gen. lit.
Oct 22-24 (ONLINE): Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) Conference, Parramatta, NSW. Historical fiction. (Biennial)
Oct 29-30: Celebrate Reading National Conference, Fremantle, WA. Kids.

Oct 17 Writers Group Convention, Brisbane, QLD. Writing – join us!

November

Nov 5-7: Australian Short Story Festival, Adelaide, SA. Short stories.
Nov 5-7: Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival, Huonville, TAS. Crime, mystery.
Nov 6-7: Supanova, Brisbane, QLD. Pop culture.
Nov 13-14: Supanova, Adelaide, SA. Pop culture.
Nov 8-28: Design Canberra – National Design Writing Conference, Canberra, ACT. Design + writing.
Nov 19-21: Word for Word: National Non-Fiction Festival, Geelong, VIC. Creative non-fiction, non-fic.
Nov 24-26: Australasian Association of Writing Programs annual conference, Sippy Downs, QLD. Academic.

December

TBC