Wollongong Writers Festival

Can Words Change the World?

24-26th November 2017



About us 

Wollongong Writers Festival (WWF) is a not-for-profit community arts organisation devoted to stories. Our annual program of events and residencies culminates in November, when we unleash a weekend of art, ideas and literature on the Illawarra.


WWF was founded on the principles of diversity, access and participation. We offer a program of free and ticketed literary and cross art-form events in great venues across town. Our panels, readings, workshops, performances, music and spoken word events showcase local, national and international writers and thinkers right here in our regional city. Our aim is to bring the world to Wollongong, and share the stories of Wollongong with the world.


Fittingly, our 2017 theme is ‘Can Words Change the World?’  Words can influence and inspire us, or even sap our strength and hope. To what extent can writers shape the landscape and enact real change? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all that’s happening in the world, but this year we feature writers and speakers who tackle some of the biggest issues facing us.


We have a safer spaces policy, which you can read about here. As a festival we simply wouldn’t run without our amazing volunteers, click here to get involved. And don’t forget the annual Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize, an international short story competition where writers can win cash and publication.

Our 2017 program will be announced on August 18. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date.

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Read our Annual Report here.