Due to the government restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, the 2020 Sydney Writers Festival was cancelled. Please check back later in the year for details on the 2021 event
The Sydney Writers Festival is a cultural event catering for writers and readers, which includes a diverse schedule of educational programs, workshops, interactive sessions and entertainment for all participants.
Writers, bloggers, online publishers, political activists and journalists are few of the many that participate in this event.
Sydney Writers Festival 2021 Dates, Program, Times, Guests & Podcasts
The festival offers over 400 events with an aim to reflect and encourage writers in Sydney’s diverse community. It has become a popular event that not only promotes new publications but also encourages new writers to learn, expand their experiences and grow within the industry.
Previous guests have included George Saunders, Susan Faludi, Paul Beatty, Colson Whitehead, Anne Enright, Alan Cumming, Vince Gilligan, Hannah Kent, Liane Moriarty, John Safran, Richard Flanagan, Helen Garner, Kate Grenville, Alexis Wright, Tom Keneally, Kate McClymont, Omar Musa and Ceridwen Dovey.
The Sydney Writers Festival also offers a range of diverse programs for all writers and online publishers. Workshops are conducted during this event which helps writers learn different types of valuable skills. For instance, bloggers can learn writing fantasy, and journalists can acquire the skills of writing a romance novel. Those working on a special project can also expand their horizons by taking part.
The festival also includes some free events too. Writers, thinkers, illustrators and performers of all age groups are welcome to participate and celebrate this event in Sydney.
There is a festival shuttle bus which runs between the main venues throughout the festival. The buses are wheelchair accessible and run every 15 minutes between 9am and 6pm. You can buy your bus ticket from a volunteer when boarding, for $1 each way.