In May 2018, FWF held the second Victorian festival with events in Melbourne and Geelong. The festival featured 24 artists discussing topics such as violence against women, media representation, mentoring, race and #metoo.


MELBOURNE Friday 25 May

Legacy Books: Their Impact, Their Legacy, Our Future

Help us kick off our 2018 festival in style. The Feminist Writers Festival’s opening night gala will feature leading writers looking to the past, present and future, as they ruminate on the feminist texts that have made an impact on Australia’s cultural landscape.

With Evelyn Araluen, Alison Croggon, Alison Evans, Foong Ling Kong, Ann-Marie Priest (sponsored by UWAP) and Jamila Rizvi.

This panel is sponsored by The Saturday Paper.

MELBOURNE Saturday 26 May

Writing Violence, Writing Change

With #MeToo taking off in 2017, talking about violence against women is in the public spotlight more than ever before. How can writing about violence effect systemic change? What challenges do writers face? And where to next? With Tasneem Chopra, Tara Moss and Jessamy Gleeson (participating chair).

Workshop: Finding and Sustaining a Feminist Voice 

So you want to write about feminism, but you don’t know where to start. In this workshop, columnist and author Monica Dux will share her tips and tricks for developing your own unique feminist voice – and taking it out into the male-dominated world.

It’s Personal: Feminism and Narrative Nonfiction

Can writing about women’s real lives effect social change? Join Sarah Krasnostein, Fatima Measham and Maria Tumarkin as they discuss how their work challenges stereotypes about women’s nonfiction writing, and the power of the personal in illustrating wider points about social, political and cultural phenomena.

MELBOURNE Sunday 27 May

Mentoring Feminists, Mentoring Writers

Mentoring is a critical part of the creative life, but something women and non-binary writers are often excluded from. Without mentoring, writers and artists can miss out on important networks or opportunities; sometimes, it can be hard to even get a foot in the door.

In this session, hear from writers and editors Jennifer Mills, Natalie Kon-Yu and Jacinda Woodhead about the importance of active mentoring in the creative arts.

Workshop: Activism and Advocacy

How do you make the personal political, and use your own experiences to change the world? Join writer and LGBTIQ disability rights activist Jax Jacki Brown in this workshop to pick up tips and tricks on how to advocate for causes and create social change through writing.

Resist: Words for the Feminist Activist
Sponsored by
Overland

Writing has always been a powerful way to challenge and subvert norms. In this session, three prolific activists discuss their work, and how writing and activism work in tandem – as well as sharing how to create real change through words.

With Santilla Chingaipe (participating chair), Tarneen Onus-Williams and Asher Wolf.


GEELONG Saturday 26 May

Workshop: Finding and Sustaining a Feminist Voice
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 1–4pm

Sure, you want to be a feminist writer – but what does that mean? In this workshop, writer Amy Gray shares all her tips on how you can start your a writing career and advance a feminist writing practice of your own, and work with your local writing community. 

Participants will be required to bring an idea or outline for a potential piece of writing, fiction or non-fiction, to share in the workshop. This workshop is open to women and non-binary writers, and focuses on developing the skills of emerging writers. 

What Next for #MeToo?
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 5–6.30pm

In late 2017, the #MeToo movement went viral, providing a historic public platform for women and non-binary people to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault. One of them was Clementine Ford, who first felt shame and self-doubt when beginning to write on the topic, but has since published on her own #MeToo moments, analysing them with honesty and clarity.

Join Clementine in conversation with Deakin University’s Antonia Pont and Marion May Campbell, to review the movement’s past, present and future, and the many ways women are silenced, questioned, cross-examined and dismissed.