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Let’s Talk About… Writers’ Festivals



Emily Westmoreland and Özge Sevindik




One of the delights of being a writer is festivals, where we meet and set our work in conversation with other writers and readers. Festivals, though, can be intimidating to writers who are starting out. In this conversation, learn about the ways in which festivals are developed and programmed and gather tips for making the most of your time as a festival guest!
Photos of Özge Sevindik and Emily Westmoreland.


This seminar will take place online and will be recorded, with the recording sent to registered participants afterward. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided in the week preceding the event.

About the Panelists:

Emily Westmoreland is the Program Director for Willy Lit Fest. She runs Dinner Party Press, is the publisher of PENinsula, and is part of the team behind the Desperate Literature Prize for short fiction. She works as a bookseller by day. In 2023, she was the Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year. 

Özge Sevindik is the director and co-founder of the Australian Muslim Writers Festival. She is a librarian and works for Annabel Barker Literary Agency as the submissions coordinator. Özge was a judge for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the Neilma Sidney Travel Grants in 2023. 
She holds an honours degree in Journalism and a Master of Information Studies. Her work has appeared in Meanjin, The Guardian, Peril Magazine and The Victorian Writer.

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Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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Let’s Talk About… Writers’ Festivals

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