Are you a fiction writer? Have you seen who is coming to this year’s festival?

Some of Australia’s best fiction writers will talk about their eclectic worlds through Masterclasses, in conversation sessions, panel discussions, readings, and book launches.

Here’s a taster…


There are limited spaces for the FESTIVAL MASTERCLASSES

Fiction Writing: Playing in Limitless Space: with Ashley Hay – Thursday 14th September 1.00-4.00pm $88/$66
Join renowned Australian novelist and science writer, Ashley Hay, as she shares the tools and strategies that will help you explore the boundless possibilities of stories you know, stories you’ve dreamed, or stories you need to discover.

Advanced Short Fiction: with Alec Patrić – Friday 15 September 11.00am-3.00pm $99/$77
2016 Miles-Franklin winner, Alec Patrić, will guide you through a deep discussion of the craft and technique essential for writing unique and vital short stories.



A World of Writers: Ryan O’Neill in conversation with Cameron Hindrum
Friday 15 September 2017, 6-7pm, Hadley’s Orient Hotel $22/$17
Join Ryan and Cameron as they discuss Ryan’s 2017 Miles Franklin-shortlisted novel, Their Brilliant Careers—a collection of 16 biographies of totally invented Australian writers.

A Hundred Small Lessons – Ashley Hay in conversation with Danielle Wood
Friday 15 September 2017, 6-7pm, Hadley’s Orient Hotel $22/$17
Join Ashley and Vogel-Award winning Tasmanian author, Danielle Wood, as they talk about Ashley’s uplifting new book, A Hundred Small Lessons—a story about motherhood, memory and the meaning of home.

The Worlds of Bradley Trevor Greive: with BTG and Andrew Hopwood
Friday 15 September 2017, 7.30-8.30pm, Hadley’s Orient Hotel $22/$17
His masterclass sold out in nanoseconds, so don’t miss your chance to hear world-wide bestselling author BTG, back in his home state, as he chats with Andrew Hopwood about his vast, and beloved, back catalogue.

Journey to Publication: Katherine Scholes, Rachael Treasure and Ryan O’Neill. Chaired by Robbie Arnott.
Saturday 16th September 9.30-10.30am, Hadley’s Orient Hotel $22/$17
How is a book born? Who makes it happen? Join our panel of acclaimed authors as they take you through the process—from first thought to published pages.

Three New Novels: Rachel Leary (Bridget Crack), Lois Murphy (Soon), Lia Hills (The Crying Place). Chaired by Caroline Baum.
Saturday 16th September 12.30-1.30pm, Hadley’s Orient Hotel $22/$17
These three entirely different and accomplished novels are about erasure, re-imagining history, and the healing power of story. Caroline Baum will steer the conversation to give you an insight into the worlds created by all three writers.

The Art of Short Fiction: Alec Patrić, Ben Walter, Susie Greenhill, Sarah Tooth and Adam Ousten
Saturday 16th September 2-3pm, Hadley’s Orient Hotel $20/$15
An unmissable discussion of the themes and ideas in inventive Australian short fiction. This session will include a selection of readings from the recent collection, Seven Stories and other stories.

Miles and Stella in Conversation: Alec Patrić and Heather Rose
Saturday 16th September 5-6pm, Hadley’s Orient Hotel $22/$17
What do two prize-winning authors talk about when they talk about writing? 2016 Miles Franklin winner, Alec Patrić, and 2017 Stella Prize winner, Heather Rose, quiz each other on words, prizes, literature and life. (Cosmopolitans and Bellinis on sale for this session!).

The World Bent Side-ways: Lian Tanner, Mireille Juchau, Ryan O’Neill and Adam Ousten
Saturday 16th September 6.30-7.30pm, Hadley’s Orient Hotel $22/$17
The most intriguing fictional worlds are those which are perilously close to our own – true or false? Join our diverse panel of writers as they thrash this one out…

The Best Bad Book: with Alec Patrić, Ryan O’Neill, Benjamin Law, Caroline Baum, Lia Hills, Mireille Juchau, Maria Tumarkin, Richard Fidler, Omar Sakr, Lian Tanner and Clementine Ford. Presented by Melanie Tait
Saturday 16th September 8-9pm, Hadley’s Orient Hotel $15/$10
Which books do you tuck away at the back of your bookcase and hope no one will notice? A selection of our festival writers will read from their favourite guilty pleasures.

The World Without Us: Mireille Juchau in conversation with Robyn Mundy
Sunday 17th September, 3-4pm Hadley’s Orient Hotel $22/$17
Winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the 2016 Voss Literary Award, The World Without Us is a vivid story of ecological disaster and a family bound together by a terrible, mysterious absence.

Fable and Fairytale: with Danielle Wood, Arnold Zable, Erin Hortle and Jeff Malpas
Sunday 17th September, 4.30-5.30pm Hadley’s Orient Hotel $22/$17
Join our panel of writers and thinkers as they explore the interaction between stories and places, imagination and real life, the faraway and the close, the exotic.


To book online, click on the session link above. Bookings also available through the Theatre Royal over the phone and in person.