2020 Festival Cancellation

It has been a challenging couple of days and the festival team has been focused on the job of winding down this year’s festival. It is a surreal and heart-breaking position to be in and we are grateful for the support we have received from writers, other festival directors, sponsors, publishers, and our dedicated audience....
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Registration and training for volunteers has been cancelled for this year, as a result of the cancellation of the Newcaste Writers Festival 2020. Please note that none of the planned training sessions will take place. NWF is a non-profit organisation run by a small team on grants and sponsorships. Our volunteers play a key role...
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The Perfect Crime: homegrown thriller writers

On 1 August, Newcastle Writers Festival and Newcastle Library will present a panel of critically acclaimed and bestselling writers who will together unravel the mystery of what makes a great psychological thriller tick. Newcastle’s Wendy James joins Sarah Barrie, Nicola Moriarty, and Anna Snoekstra to share insights into balancing dread and suspense with relief, and...
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The 2019 Newcastle Writers Festival/ joanne burns Microlit Award

The 2019 joanne burns Microlit Award is jointly sponsored by the Newcastle Writers Festival and publisher Spineless Wonders. We are looking for writing (up to 200 words) that responds imaginatively to the theme of SCARS. Judged by Cassandra Atherton. National and Hunter Region categories. First prize in each category will be $300. Theme: SCARS. Length:...
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