Explore the 2024 Program



Primary Schools Days:  

  • Wednesday 22 May: Pavilion Performing Arts Centre, Sutherland
  • Thursday 23 May: Sydney Town Hall
  • Friday 24 May: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
  • Monday 27 May: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
  • Tuesday 28 May: The Concourse, Chatswood
  • Wednesday 29 May: Sydney Town Hall

Secondary Schools Days: 

  • Monday 20 May, The Concourse, Chatswood
  • Tuesday 21 May, Sydney Town Hall
  • Thursday 23 May, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

Student Sessions:

  • Wednesday 22 May, Carriageworks 

Please use the online booking form: 

  • Primary School Days online booking form 
  • Secondary School Days online booking form 
  • Students Sessions online booking form

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

  • Pay via credit card – please follow the instructions on your invoice carefully. If you wish to pay by credit card over the phone, please call our Box Office team on (02) 9256 4200, quoting your reference number.  
  • Pay via EFT bank transfer – Westpac | BSB 032 100 | Account No 143312. Once paid, please email ticketing@swf.org.au with your EFT confirmation/remittance advice quoting your reference number.  
  • Pay via EdConnect – please refer to your invoice for guidance. PO numbers must be provided. 
  • Pay via CEO (Catholic Education Office) – please refer to your invoice for guidance. PO numbers must be provided. 

There’s no minimum booking.  

There is a maximum of 60 free tickets per school to Sydney Town Hall. You can check your school’s ICSEA value via My School

For every 20 student tickets purchased, you are entitled to one complimentary teacher ticket. Please select these when you are booking via the online booking form.  

Please note, this does not apply to schools with an ICSEA value under 1,000, for which all teacher tickets are complimentary.  

  • Primary School Days is best suited to Years 3–6
  • Secondary School Days is best suited to Years 7–10.
  • Student Sessions is best suited to Years 11–12

If you have any questions about which program your students should attend, please contact our customer service team on (02) 9256 4200 or email ticketing@swf.org.au

All Education venues are wheelchair accessible. When completing 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. 

Yes. Books by participating authors will be available for purchase at each event.

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

The 2024 Primary and Secondary School Days and Student Sessions risk assessment can be downloaded here.

All Primary School Days bookings must be submitted by Friday 10 May 2024.  

All Secondary School Days bookings must be submitted by Friday 10 May 2024.  

All Student Session bookings must be submitted by Friday 10 May 2024. 

Bookings made prior to Friday 19 April 2024 will be eligible to pay a 50% holding deposit and should consult their invoice for when payment is due. 

Bookings made after Friday 19 April 2024, must be paid in full, 72 hours after receipt of your invoice. 

Early payment of invoices is welcomed.

All booking requests are processed in order of receipt. Once processed, you will be sent a tax invoice to confirm your reservation. Any booking change requests must be submitted in writing. Additional seats are subject to availability. 

Refund requests will be carefully considered in light of current circumstances and/or changes to your school's internal policy. Refund requests must be made in writing to ticketing@swf.org.au.