What are the dates of the 2021 Education programs? 
Primary Schools Days takes place at:

  • Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 30 April
  • Sydney Town Hall on Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May
  • The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood on Tuesday 4 May
  • Riverside Theatres on Wednesday 5 May. 

Secondary Schools Days takes place at:

  • Seymour Centre on Friday 30 May
  • Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood on Monday 3 May
  • Riverside Theatres on Tuesday 4 May.

Student Sessions takes place at:

  • Carriageworks on Wednesday 28 April. 

How do I book tickets?

Primary School Days online booking form

Secondary School Days online booking form

Student Sessions online booking form

How do I make a payment?

Instructions are included on the initial invoice sent to you once your booking was confirmed. Options include:

  • Pay by credit card – Please follow the instructions carefully.
  • Pay by EFT – Westpac | BSB 032 100 | Account No 143312. Please email EFT confirmation/remittance advice quoting your reference to ticketing@swf.org.au.
  • Pay by EdConnect – Please refer to your invoice for guidance.

Alternatively, please call box office on (02) 9256 4200, quoting your reference number.

Where do I find information about COVID Safety? 
The Education venues (Seymour Centre, Riverside Theatres, Sydney Town Hall, The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Carriageworks) are registered COVID Safe venues.

Student Sessions' venues will be operating at 75% capacity. School groups will not be seated directly next to each other.

Sydney Writers' Festival and the Education venues are following NSW Government health guidelines. The safety procedures for School Days will be in line with NSW Government health guidelines on the day of the event. Please check back here for the latest advice prior to your Education event. If you have any queries, please contact our customer service team on (02) 9256 4200 or email ticketing@swf.org.au

Is there a minimum number of students I need to book for? 

There’s no minimum booking. 

How do I book my complimentary teacher tickets?
For every 20 student tickets purchased to School Days program, you are entitled to one complimentary teacher ticket. Please select these when you are booking via the online booking form or the hard copy form.

Please note, this does not apply to the Student Sessions Access Program, for which all teacher tickets are complimentary. 

What year groups is School Days suitable for. 

  • Primary School Days is best suited for years 3–6.
  • Secondary School Days is best suited for years 7–10. 
  • Student Sessions is best suited for years 9–12. 

My students have special access requirements. Who can I speak to?
All Education venues are wheelchair accessible. When you are filling out your booking form, please enter any access requirements. Alternatively, contact our customer service team on (02) 9256 4200 or email ticketing@swf.org.au to discuss your needs.

Can students buy books on the day?
Yes. Signed books by participating authors will be available for purchase at each event. 

Is the Sydney Writers' Festival going to photograph my students?

Sydney Writers' Festival employs the services of a professional photographer to record events throughout the Festival. These photos are for archival and marketing purposes. The purchase of a ticket grants implied permission for these photos to be used for the intended purposes. If you, or any students in your care, do not wish to be photographed, please inform the photographer at the venue or contact a Festival representative on the day.

Can I get a risk assessment document for visiting the Festival?
Yes, a risk assessment is available via this link

What are the payment terms and conditions? 

Primary and Secondary School Days 

Bookings must be made by Friday 23 April 2021. For any bookings made from 16 April 2021, payment must be made within 24 hours. For bookings prior to 16 April, please see your booking invoice for when payment is due. All booking requests are being processed in order of receipt, once processed you will be sent a tax invoice to confirm your reservation. Any booking change requests should be submitted in writing. Additional seats are subject to availability.

Bookings affected by changes to NSW Health guidelines that prevent excursions from taking place will be fully refunded. All other refund requests will be carefully considered in light of current public health risks and/or changes to your school's internal policy. Refund requests must be made in writing to ticketing@swf.org.au.

Student Sessions

Bookings must be made by Friday 23 April 2021 (excluding for the Student Sessions Access Program, for which bookings are due by 20 April 2021). For any bookings made from 16 April 2021, payment must be made within 24 hours. For bookings prior to 16 April, please see your booking invoice for when payment is due. All booking requests are being processed in order of receipt, once processed you will be sent a tax invoice to confirm your reservation. Any booking change requests should be submitted in writing. Additional seats are subject to availability.

Bookings affected by changes to NSW Health guidelines that prevent excursions from taking place will be fully refunded. All other refund requests will be carefully considered in light of current public health risks and/or changes to your school's internal policy. Refund requests must be made in writing to ticketing@swf.org.au.