Feminist writers and readers will not want to miss the 2016 Feminist Writers Festival in Melbourne. The event brings prominent Australian feminists together, with a focus on expanding the breadth of feminist discussions and supporting feminist writers of all kinds.
Rub shoulders with your Australian feminist idols, and pick up some skills and insight along the way. Image: Feminist Writers Festival.
The main event, comprising of workshops and networking, will take place over a full day on the 26th of August, at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre. This is followed by five events held over the weekend of the 27th and 28th of August, hosted in partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival.
The networking and workshop day features discussion panels with a number of well-known feminist writers, such as Emily Maguire, Monica Dux, and Clementine Ford. Workshops include diverse topics such as feminist writing for kids, how to get feminist works published, and writing feminism through fiction. Tickets to the networking day are $80 per person, or $45 for concession card holders. Purchase your ticket online here.
A suite of public discussion panel events will then be held over that weekend. Three of these events are free: a discussion on Muslim feminism featuring Shakira Hussein, a discussion on women's creativity in different cultures, and a discussion on online feminism. The two ticketed events are a discussion panel by award-winning authors on gender in fiction, and a historical look at the progression of feminism in recent decades with Anne Summers and Yassmin Abdel-Magied. These two paid events cost $22 per ticket or $19 concession, with a ten percent discount for networking day attendees.