FWF Subsidies


The FWF2018 Victoria program is now live. Tickets are flying out the door, but we want to make sure feminists outside of Melbourne CBD can attend – so we’re launching our regional subsidies program.

We’re offering 10 subsidies of $100 each to cover regional travel, as well as a free day pass to attend panel sessions at either of the FWF weekend days (Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May).

We also want to ensure that financially disadvantaged writers can take part in our workshops, and so we’re offering two places for each of our workshops in Melbourne and Geelong. 

We can’t do what we do without our wonderful FWF community, including donors, so to donate to the program, please head to our GiveNow page and make a donation. Every dollar counts.

To apply for a regional subsidy or free workshop spot, fill out our simple form by 5pm Fri 20 April.

For more information contact our Development Coordinator at fwfdevelopment@gmail.com.

Family, Language, Love, Dance, Land: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Features, News

By Nayuka Gorrie

Black Australia is a patchwork – there is no homogenous black culture or experience. Adequately capturing the essence of hundreds of nations is no easy feat, but Anita Heiss has pulled together an incredible bunch of voices that reflect the humour, intelligence, strength and diversity of Aboriginal people in Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia.

It’s no industry secret that readers are largely white women – the white gaze is often unavoidable. But this book wasn’t created for white dinner party fodder; it is concerned with telling the truth or many truths with nuance.

Feminist Writers Festival announces Victorian program for 2018


The Feminist Writers Festival is thrilled to return for its first of two festivals in 2018, with programs across Melbourne and Geelong 25–27 May.

The 2018 festivals will centre around the theme Rewriting the Story, which stems from the deeper desire for structural change – discussing how to create change that is sustainable and longstanding, and looks at the underlying systems.

Evelyn AraluenSantilla ChingaipeAlison CroggonAlison EvansClementine FordAmy GraySarah KrasnosteinFatima MeashamTarneen Onus-WilliamsAnn-Marie PriestJamila RizviMaria TumarkinAsher Wolf and Jacinda Woodhead are among the writers who will deliver panels and workshops across the four-day Victorian program on topics including activism and violence against women.

“We are delighted to announce the FWF Victorian program and couldn’t be happier with the array of writers working with us to cover some of the vital issues of today: violence against women, activism, intersectionality and #metoo,” said co-chair Nikki Anderson.

“We’re pleased too to offer workshops and networking opportunities to better connect feminist writers and readers for ongoing conversations.”

FWF aims to offer a different festival experience, with longer and more discursive panel discussions that are open to audience input, and workshops which aim to nurture, upskill and connect emerging feminist writers.

Tickets for Melbourne and Geelong events are on sale now.

FWF will hold its second 2018 festival in NSW in late October.

Generation Gap: How feminists of different ages are connecting to #MeToo

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By Matilda Dixon-Smith

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Recently, while speaking with a senior manager of a crisis support centre, I felt the uncomfortable twang of a generation clash.

We were discussing the changing language of consent and the manager, an older, self-described “Germaine Greer era” feminist, recalled hearing stories from clients about “bad sex” (discomfiting sexual experiences that may not qualify as sexual assault) and thinking: “Welcome to the club, darling.”