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The National Young Writers' Festival

Co-Directors - National Young Writers' Festival

The National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) is looking for up to three creative and energetic individuals (from anywhere in Australia) to co-direct the 2018 and 2019 Festivals, as part of a larger team of Festival staff.

The NYWF is Australia's premier gathering for young writers, publishers, performers and troublemakers. Every year, the NYWF brings together the country's most challenging and original young minds for a four-day creative bender. The 2017 program featured 130 artists aged 18–35 in approximately 80 events, with audience of around 5,000.

Working at the NYWF is a significant professional development experience. Previous NYWF staff have gone on to professional success in writing, publishing, journalism, programming and arts management. Staff are each individually supported by a mentor on the organisation's board.

The Co-Directors drive the artistic vision of the Festival, curate and deliver the Festival Program. 

The program includes a range of events: from panels, workshops and roundtables to performances, readings, installations, launches and the infamous NYWF Ball. As well as focusing on craft, literary skill and industry mentorship, the NYWF places a strong emphasis on the ideas, politics, communities and cultural practices that surround writing in all its myriad forms. The NYWF champions fringe, experimental and emerging forms, and the practices that fall through the cracks of mainstream platforms. It creates a joyful, radical and transformative bootcamp for writers to develop their creative and career skills. For many writers, the NYWF is the first chance to have their voice heard on a public stage. For 20 years, it has been the launch pad for careers, collaborations and friendships.

A full position description, more information about the NYWF, and details of how to apply are available on the NYWF website. Come and join us: get your hands on a vibrant, exciting national festival, give it your own flavour, and help take it to the next level.

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