Supporting as an Individual

Sydney Writers’ Festival is a registered charity and a not-for-profit organisation. In an ordinary year, ticket sales, sponsorship and philanthropic funding would cover over 70% of our Festival and Education programs, ensuring we can cover the costs of presenting the most important and exciting writers and thinkers from Australia and around the world. But this year, we need your help more than ever.

The decision to cancel the 2020 Festival was made with the health and safety of authors, audiences, staff, publishers, volunteers and our community at the forefront. We recognise that this decision will have a significant impact on the literary community, and especially on writers whose work was to be featured for the first time in this program.

We urge you to support these authors and your local booksellers in what is sure to be a challenging year. Please look to the Festival’s digital channels as we highlight, support and celebrate the work of the writers who were going to appear on the 2020 program.

We rely on the support of our community to help us safeguard the future of Australia’s largest literary festival and bring the joy of books to diverse audiences around the country.

Sydney Writers’ Festival Patron Program

Donations of $1,000 or more 

Our Patrons support the Sydney Writers’ Festival with gifts of $1,000 or more. They play a vital role in the life of our organisation. It is only with their generous support that we can showcase the highest calibre of writers and deliver a world-renowned program of talks and panels. 

Our Patrons are passionate supporters of discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas and have a lifelong love of reading.

We hope you will consider joining our Patron Program. In recognition of your generosity, through our Patron Program, you will access a suite of exclusive benefits. These benefits would usually include a priority ticket booking window, invitations to members-only events and our comfortable, fully catered and much-loved Patron Lounge. As we recalibrate and adjust to the new situation, we are working to find other ways to show our gratitude to our Patrons for their support. We are also working on ways to connect our Patrons to each other to share your passion for broad, diverse, rousing conversations and discovering new writers.

All Patron Program contributions are acknowledged on our website and in our Festival Program. Contributions to our Patron Program include a small membership fee portion and GST, the remaining majority of the gift is fully tax deductible.

Click here for Patron Program Benefits. 
Click here to become a Patron. 

A Fully Tax-Deductible Donation to Sydney Writers’ Festival

Donations between $2–999

A gift of any size makes a huge difference to us. We are so grateful to those supporters who top up their ticket purchase and give what they can to help us bring the greatest writers and thinkers from around the world to the Festival, providing cultural nourishment and educational opportunities.

Donations between $2–999 are fully tax deductible with receipt.

Click here to make a donation. 

You may prefer to make your donation by bank transfer to: 
Account Name: Sydney Writers Festival LTD
BSB: 032-044
Account Number: 17 7859
Please enter your name as a reference. 

For more information on our Patron Program or making a donation, please contact the Festival’s philanthropy department: