Student Sessions Livestream 2022

Student Sessions Livestream is presented in partnership with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Our Student Sessions Livestream event broadcasts the magic of the Sydney Writers’ Festival to schools in New South Wales.

With sessions led by world-renowned writers, Student Sessions is designed to bring the school curriculum to life. Students can build on their classroom learning, extend their capacity for critical thinking, and engage in thoughtful discussion and meaningful debate –all without leaving the classroom.

Recommended for Years 9 to 12.

You can discover more about the program below or download the brochure.  


For a single booking of $60, tune in to the following sessions as they take place in real time on Wednesday 18 May:

• Crafting Conflict

• Words on Show: Writing for Performance

• For the Love of Shakespeare

Livestreams for individual sessions are not available for purchase.

To register, go to:

For more information or if you have any questions contact or call 02 9256 4200.  



10–10.45am Session 1

11.45am–12.30pm Session 2

1.30–2.15pm Session 3




Great stories need conflict for the plot to progress – but what is conflict? And how do writers come up with new and exciting ideas to propel their characters forward?

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar writer whose novels (The Old Lie and Terra Nullius) play out in fast-paced intergalactic and post-apocalyptic dystopian settings. New Zealand–born writer J.P. Pomare’s thrillers (Call Me Evie and The Last Guests) use tension and suspense to keep readers guessing. These two acclaimed writers speak with author Roanna Gonsalves about creating compelling conflict on the page.

Curriculum links: English; Photographic and Digital Media; Photography, Video and Digital Imaging



Language changes when read aloud; previously unheard rhythms, timbres and tones come alive off the page. So, how do you approach writing a play or spoken-word poem – language designed to be performed? How is it different to writing a novel or short story, for instance?

Bornean-Australian rapper, poet and author Omar Musa (Here Come the Dogs and Killernova) and Gamilaroi actor, writer and director Megan Wilding (A Little Piece of Ash and GAME. SET. MATCH.) share how they write for performance, what it feels like to hear and see your words in motion, and how to plan and prepare when creating your own work of performative writing. The two speak with writer and performer Maeve Marsden (Queerstories).

Curriculum links: English; Drama; Music



Unfortunately, John Bell and Geraldine Brooks are no longer appearing at this event. Kip Williams, Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company, and actress Zahra Newman (Wentworth, Long Story Short) will be joining. 


William Shakespeare is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language. Far from being dry or hard to understand, Shakespearean language is magical, gruesome, hilarious and provocative.

Join award-winning actor and acclaimed director John Bell, founder of Bell Shakespeare, and actor Geraldine Hakewill, star of Sydney Theatre Company’s recent production of Julius Caesar, as they explore the delights The Bard has to offer. John and Geraldine will unpack how Shakespeare uses language to explore challenging, comedic and conflicting themes about humanity, society and relationships.

Curriculum links: English; Drama 


For more information, please contact us:

(02) 9256 4200


Presented in partnership with...
Education Standards Authority