Welcome to Student Sessions

Presented by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Student Sessions program gives secondary school students rare access to some of the biggest stars on the Festival program – including acclaimed writers, respected social commentators and the world’s keenest thought-leaders.

Covering a range of stimulating topics linked to the NSW school curriculum, the Student Sessions program is a full day of events designed to give life to the secondary syllabus and provide students the opportunity to engage with ideas outside the traditional classroom setting.

This year’s impressive line-up features inspiring artist and poet Cleo Wade; foreign correspondent Richard Lloyd Parry; acclaimed illustrator and writer Chris Riddell; and author, rapper and poet Omar Musa. It also includes novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad; young-adult author Alice Pung; and historians David Hunt and Nick Brodie.

Suitable for Years 9 to 12.

Bookings are essential for Student Sessions. Tickets on sale now. 

Download booking form.
Download the program.