Writing Festivals 2020

My Writers Connect! Newsletter, generally produced fortnightly, is now combining with some of my blog posts, as in this one, Writing Festivals 2020. Here, we highlight some upcoming writing festivals in NZ and Australia.

In today’s blog, we finish up with a word of the day, a fun fact about a famous writer, and a brief tip to keep you inspired.

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Writing Festivals 2020 – NZ

Wellington, New Zealand

2020 New Zealand Festival of the Arts

This festival is an absolute smorgasbord of events in the arts, with dance, theatre, music, visual arts, opera and of course writing. We focus on the writing program below. Some events are free. It’s well worth a visit to beautiful New Zealand.

Writers’ Program

22 February – 14 March 2020 (Note: full festival runs 21 Feb – 15 March)

Entry: Individual session $NZ19.Take Five Pass’ 5 sessions  $NZ76

Details of writers’ events here:


Details of all festival events here:


Writing Festivals 2020 – Australia

Below is a selection of Australian writing festivals coming up within the next four months.

Perth Festival – 2020 Literature & Ideas

21 – 23 February

Set in the grounds of the beautiful University of Western Australia, the 2020 festival is all about discussing the most pressing issues of our time: land, money, power, sex. There are plenty of free events.

Download the program here:


Writers’ Week – Adelaide Festival

29 February – 5 March 2020

This is truly an inclusive event. All sessions at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden are FREE. The Opening Event is ticketed. Selected sessions will be live streamed toschools, libraries and retirement villages from Mon 2 Mar to Thu 5 Mar.

Download the program here:

Download the live streaming events here:

Tickets for opening event here:


Sydney Writers’ Festival

27 April – 3 May 2020

You can look forward to around 300 events during the week-long festival across the city.

The festival is a not-for-profit organisation and their aim is to be accessible to a wide range of audiences.

The full program will be announced mid-March 2020. Meantime, you can subscribe to their e-newsletter to receive updates. See link below.

Sign up to e-newletter for festival updates:


About the festival here:


Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, WA

15 – 17 May 2020

This is the largest regional literary event in Western Australia. It attracts novelists, journalists, academics and established and emerging storytellers from WA, interstate and overseas.

The program will be announced during February. Not long to wait!

Stay tuned for festival updates:


About the festival

Word of the Day


Meaning ‘a boyfriend or girlfriend; a romantic or sexual partner’, bae is mainly used as a term of endearment. It is now officially listed (as of June 2019) in the Oxford English Dictionary, so go ahead and use it in your YA fiction without fear!

Fun Facts – Enid Blyton

One of the most successful children’s storytellers of the 20th century – with more than 600 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Enid Blyton (1897 – 1968) wrote 762 books. Her mother thought her writing was a waste of time! Enid generally wrote 6,000–10,000 words daily. Her writing routine involved beginning after breakfast and writing until 5 pm, with a short break for lunch, her portable typewriter on her knee and her favourite red Moroccan shawl nearby. Red was a ‘mental stimulus’ for her.

What’s your writing routine, and do you have any quirky writing habits?

Get Inspired – George Orwell

‘A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: 1. Could I put it more shortly? 2. Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?’—George Orwell, Politics and the English Language.

Writing festivals 2020 is…

… a regular update about competitions, festivals and other writing events. Festivals and writing events are a great way to meet other writers and keep up with what’s happening in the world of writing!

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