For more than 12 years, VU has had an important creative partnership with the Williamstown Literary Festival (Willy Lit Fest).
We work closely with the WLF Program Director to ensure maximum representation by VU students and staff across the two-day program, offering academic expertise to facilitate or host conversations with authors and other festival guests.
The staff from VU Polytechnic Cert IV and Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing play a large role at the festival (including short-listing the Ada Cambridge Awards).
VU also has a stand in the central hub staffed by Professional Writing and Editing and Offset team members, using the festival as a community-building opportunity.
Emerging Writers' Festival
VU’s direct involvement with the Emerging Writers’ Festival includes a Creative Producer internship.
The internship role is involved in organising the Footscray-based part of the literary festival.
Melbourne Writers' Festival
VU staff are involved with programming the Melbourne Writers' Festival.
In particular, we have a role in the the Footscray events, which have recently taken place at the Footscray Arts Centre.
Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival
Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival is free to the public and based in and around the Sunshine Library.
We have a growing role in this western-suburbs festival.
Setting Sun Film Festival
We are a principal partner of the Setting Sun Film Festival.
Our Screen Media staff coordinate the master classes, and there's free entry of films for VU students.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
We are involved with MIJF’s Jazz Out West program, including facilitating masterclasses and organising community events.
This provides our students with a direct line to volunteer opportunities.