The Williamstown Literary Festival (aka the Willy Lit Fest) is an event that brings together readers and writers for one of the biggest literary festivals in Victoria.
The festival runs for three days and will take place in the Williamstown Town Hall and the Williamstown Library.
Williamstown Literary Festival 2024 Dates, Tickets & Program Schedule
There were sessions discussing witchcraft in the 21st century, gardening to encourage native bees, food writing, romance, and the relevance of our national broadcaster, the ABC. The saltiest session was the early morning beach swim on Sunday, following a unique writing salon about the ocean and the Jawbone Reserve at the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club.
For 2023, the kids’ program returned with sessions for younger readers, including a Sunday morning treat with Spike the Surf Dog, the amazing Melbourne rescue dog who won Noosa’s Dog Surfing Competition and is a friend to the sea creatures of Port Phillip Bay.
The program also included all the much-loved features of the Willy Lit Fest: Stereo Stories, the concert where music and memoir meet; the People’s Choice Awards, where writers established and emerging get up to read their own works; and the awards ceremony for the prestigious Ada Cambridge Prizes and the Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award.
The annual weekend festival of reading, writing and the spoken word has hosted around 700 writers over the years, representing almost all genres of literature. Each year, some 2000 session tickets are sold.
Tickets to workshops should be purchased in advance, as many sell out. Get to the Williamstown Town Hall and the Library via train. Take the Williamstown line and alight at North Williamstown Station. Walk down Ferguson Street, as the venues are just a few blocks away.