24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

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Join Our Team!

1 Nov 17 - Want to be involved in one of Canberra's greatest events? After successfully creating and establishing the Festival, our current Festival Director is saying goodbye to us - this means there's an opportunity for you!
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Second annual Canberra Writers Festival a resounding success!

18 Oct 17 - It’s a wrap! The second annual Canberra Writers Festival closed in style after a vibrant weekend of stellar headlining names, multiple sell-out shows, increased attendance, and strong community involvement.
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Join us for our Crime Series!

21 Aug 17 - Meet the nationally - and internationally - recognised authors of whodunnits, murder mysteries and psychological thrillers!
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Special Offer at NPG

18 Aug 17 - Attendees of the Canberra Writers Festival 2017 receive a special discount when stopping for a drink or a bite to eat at the cafe at the National Portrait Gallery. (Read more for details.)
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5-Event Passes now available!

10 Aug 17 - Select any five events from the festival and get a discounted price!
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It's Here! The 2017 CWF Program!

28 Jul 17 - We're so excited to share our 2017 Canberra Writers Festival with you! The final program includes over 100 events, in 8 iconic venues, over 3 days and includes in conversation sessions, workshops, special events, book launches, keynote events and even the chance to indulge in reading all those books on your to do list at the Festival’s Silent Reading Party!
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Workshop: Poetic Portraits

13 Jul 17 - In partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, Sarah Rice presents a special masterclass on poetry as portraiture.
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Special Event tickets are now on sale

13 Jul 17 - We’re excited to announce that our special events are now on sale. Get in now to buy your ticket and secure your place at the headlining events of 2017 Canberra Writers Festival.
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Round-up: winter holiday activities for kids

3 Jul 17 - The winter holidays have started, and even if you're not leaving the capital region, there is plenty to do! A curated selection of activities for kids.
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Catch-up: Big Book Club

31 May 17 - Get a head start on your CWF2017 reading with Laura Tchilinguirian from ABC Radio Canberra in partnership with Libraries ACT.
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Season Tickets Sold Out

20 May 17 - Season Tickets for the 2017 Canberra Writers Festival have sold out in record time! Never fear - Day tickets are here!
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1st Artist Announce!

18 May 17 - Power, Politics, Passion: Canberra Writers Festival builds on the success of its inaugural festival with a big return in 2017
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The Speaker, the Journalist and the AFL: in conversation

1 May 17 - On TUESDAY 2 MAY 2017, listen to award-winning journalist Paul Daley in conversation with the Hon Tony Smith MP.
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Big Book Club!

10 Apr 17 - Each month on Afternoons, Laura will select and feature one novel for the Big Book Club. Laura will be joined by the author who penned the work, and you’re encouraged to read along and send in your review.
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Volunteer with Us!

5 Mar 17 - Volunteer applications for the 2017 Canberra Writers Festival are now open!
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Charlotte Wood - Special Event

8 Feb 17 - Join host Katharine Murphy as she talks with Charlotte Wood in her only event appearance this year!
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Cold Light: In Conversation

7 Feb 17 - Our partners at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House are hosting a special event for one night only!
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Endeavour House Writer in Residence Program

26 Jan 17 - Endeavour House Writer in Residence Program is offered by the Australia Institute and Endeavour House. It offers an Australian writer of non-fiction, fiction, poetry or drama, a two-week residency on The Level at Endeavour House in Canberra.
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Special Event - Madeleine Thien

23 Jan 17 - Join international author Madeleine Thien in conversation with Professor Paul Hetherington on Tuesday 28 February at the National Library of Australia.
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Handy Tips for the Festival

20 Oct 16 - We’ve put together a few things to make your festival weekend a little easier. Check them out below! PARKING Free parking will generally be available in all precincts from Friday evening and throughout the weekend.
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Meet the CWF Interns – Part 2

20 Oct 16 - Here at the Canberra Writers Festival we have an amazing team of interns working hard behind the scenes to ensure the festival thrives in its inaugural year. We have taken some time to get to know a little bit more about one of our brilliant Marketing Interns, Nicolette.
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Meet the CWF Interns – Part 1

20 Oct 16 - Meet the Interns! Here at the Canberra Writers Festival we have an amazing team of interns working hard behind the scenes to ensure the festival thrives in its inaugural year. Here is a chance to get to know Bridget, one of our fantastic Event Coordination Interns!
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