Whether you’re a literature lover, news junkie or a YA fan, Sydney Writers’ Festival has an event for you – in fact, we have more than 200. We’ve highlighted the ones we think you’ll like most so you’re not here until midnight planning your event schedule (though we think that’s a great way to spend an evening).

Subscribe to our e-newsletter for more guidance on which events we think you should fill your day with. 

A Message from our Artistic Director

If you’re after some direction, why not take it from the person who knows the Festival program best. Read Artistic Director Michael Williams' message

2022 Podcast 

Annabel Crabb and Michael Williams join forces on the SWF Podcast. Tune in to find out which events they want you to know about. 

2022 Guest Curators: Tony Birch and Fiona Murphy 

Our Guest Curators Tony Birch and Fiona Murphy explore the places where writerly ambitions and creative values coincide – and where they diverge. Discover their sessions.

Festival highlights

For this year’s biggest names and not-to-be-missed galas, check out our Festival Highlights

Free events and Curiosity Lectures 

With almost a quarter of our program free to attend, you can choose your own adventure of free sessions to attend – including our Curiosity Lecture Series where some of the Festival’s most inquisitive minds deliver lectures on eclectic topics that spark their curiosity. 

All-Day YA

With sessions specially curated by Sydney Writers’ Festival Youth Curators, All-Day YA is an epic celebration of all things YA (Young Adult fiction).

Returning on Saturday May 21, we’re delighted to bring young people and their favourite authors together again at Carriageworks to share stories of teens who find themselves out of place and those finding their way. From reclaiming the strength of teenage girls to fearlessly writing yourself into genres, these sessions are sure to challenge and comfort. And this year, All-Day YA concludes with a special evening gala event where your fave YA authors enter their pleas for a character in the court of literary opinion.

Family Day

On Sunday May 22, roll on up to Carriageworks for the marvellous magic of Family Day, a riotous celebration of storytelling and creativity that will captivate kids of all ages.

The Big Backyard returns on from 10am to 4pm with free activities that will whisk kids away into a world of wonder.

Check out our Family Program events