What are the dates of the 2020 Sydney Writers' Festival?

The 2019 Sydney Writers' Festival will run from 27 April–3 May.

When will the program be announced? 

The 2020 Festival will be announced in March 2020. 

Where does the Festival take place?

Our 2020 Festival Precinct is located at Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre. 

Further events will take place at Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, and Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. The regional and suburban program will take place across Sydney and beyond – as far north as Hornsby, west as the Blue Mountains, and as far south as Wollongong.

Do I need to buy tickets to attend events?

The Festival is made up of free and ticketed events.

Where do I find access information?

For details on Auslan-interpreted and closed-captioned event and venues fitted with a hearing loop system, please visit our access information page.

How long do Sydney Writers’ Festival events go for?

Festival events are one hour in duration unless otherwise stated.

Can I get my book signed?

Yes. Authors participating in Festival events will be available to sign copies of their work at the Gleebooks’ pop-up bookshops directly after their sessions. Books by participating authors will be available for purchase. 

Can I volunteer?

Volunteer applications for 2019 are now closed.

If you would like to register your interest in volunteering next year, please feel free to contact us and we will send you a reminder when applications re-open in 2020.

I am a writer. Can I present my work at the Festival?

Invitations are issued at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

Each year, Sydney Writers' Festival receives hundreds of unsolicited submissions from authors wishing to speak at the Festival, or putting forward ideas for the program. We are not able to respond to the submissions or return materials sent for consideration.

Can I recommend an author for the Festival?

You are welcome to recommend an author for consideration through our online form. Due to the volume of suggestions, we are unable to respond to each one.

I am a writer. Can I present my work to publishers during Sydney Writers' Festival?

While publishers attend Sydney Writers' Festival, the Festival is not the appropriate avenue to present your book to publishers.

We recommend you approach publishers through the usual channels, either by submitting your manuscript directly or by engaging a literary agent.

I am a writer. How do I get my work published?

If you need advice on getting your book published, please visit the websites of the Australian Society of Authors or Australian Publishers Association.

Can you put me in touch with an author on the program?

No. For privacy reasons, we are unable to pass on contact details for authors, and we cannot pass on messages. The best way to contact authors are through their publisher or agents.

Who do I contact if I have a general inquiry?

For any general inquiries, please contact Sydney Writers’ Festival by phone on 02 9252 7729.