When does Student Sessions take place?

Student Sessions takes place on Wednesday 29 April 2020. Talks are held in theatres at Carriageworks.

Covid-19 Update

Sydney Writers’ Festival is continuing in its planning for the Russ the Story Bus Tour in Term Four, expected to run from 19 October–11 December 2020. All planning is being undertaken with up-to-date public health advice and in consultation with schools. We will continue to review the viability of the Tour ahead of Term Four.

How do I book tickets?

You can book online or by downloading and sending a printable booking form.

Can I book multiple sessions?

All sessions are stand-alone so you can create your own schedule of sessions. You have the option to select one, two or three sessions per student. Discounts are available when you purchase multiple sessions. 

How do I book my complimentary teacher ticket?

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

What year groups is Student Sessions suitable for?

Student Sessions is programmed for Years 9–12, but suitable for all secondary students. For younger year groups, our Secondary School Days event programmed for Years 7–12.  

My students have access requirements. Who can I speak to?

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 get their books signed?

Yes. Authors participating in Students Sessions events will be available to sign copies of their work. Books by participating authors will be available for purchase at each event. Students are also able to get their own copies of books by participating authors signed.

Can I get a risk assessment document for visiting the Festival?

Yes, a risk assessment document is sent with your final receipt.

What are the payment terms and conditions?

Once your booking form has been received, you will be sent a tax invoice to confirm your reservation. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required within 10 working days of the date of the invoice. Remaining balances must be paid in full by Friday 10 April 2020. Requests for additional tickets should be submitted in writing and immediate full payment may be required. Additional seats are subject to availability.

How do I get to and from Carriageworks? 

There will be a bus drop-off and pick-up zone for the event; however, we encourage the use of public transport. It is a 10-minute walk between Redfern Station and Carriageworks on Wilson Street. Please arrive early to ensure you are seated in time for your first session.

Where is the bus drop-off and pick-up zone?

There will be a bus drop-off zone on the western side of Carriageworks. Enter off of Wilson Street on to Carriageworks Way. Schools will be issued identifying numbers to place in the windshield of their bus. Once a bus has been unloaded, it will need to drive off-site until it’s scheduled to return to Carriageworks for pick-up. The pick-up zone will be at the same location as the drop-off zone. Marshalling of buses will happen along Carriageworks Way and the empty lot behind The Platform Apartments. Buses will be called to the door by our traffic team when their party is ready for pick-up.