10–12 May 2023
Dive into Brisbane Writer’s Festival education program for keen readers and writers across Prep to Year 12 – it’s an adventure from beginning to end!
Now in its 17th year, Word Play invites students to grow and experiment with their creativity and immerse themselves in the magic of story with Australia’s leading writers and artists.
The Word Play program is curated by Megan Daley.
The major sponsor of 2023 Word Play is The University of Queensland.
Click below to download a PDF copy of the program brochure or to explore the program online.
We are delighted to present a diverse and inspiring line-up of internationally bestselling authors for Word Play this year.
#Word Play Online
Can’t attend in person? Our Word Play Online program includes a suite of online video resources available on-demand from Term 2 to Term 4, featuring stand-out talent such as Reece Carter (A Girl Called Corpse), Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing (Back on Country), George Ivanoff (The Survival Guides), and Sami Bayly (How We Came to Be). These online sessions are perfect for classroom use.
The Word Play sessions are available on-demand from 10 May to 8 December 2023. The Word Play Program is curated by Megan Daley.
Purchase a pass for your school or family to get access to all Word Play Online sessions!
#Teacher Professional Development Seminar
This year is a not-to-be-missed Professional Development Seminar for teachers, featuring Danielle Binks on supporting AusLit in schools, Nova Weetman on crafting characters, and Samantha Wheeler on creating narratives from the everyday.
Calling all young writers! BWF and UQ present the annual schools’ microfiction competition, open to Queensland-based students. The 2023 prompt is... The Unknown.
You are invited to respond to the prompt in no more than 120 words, using any written format (verse/prose). $1,500 in prizes to be won! Entries close 9 April 2023.
#Explore the State Library while you're visiting for Word Play
Check out the State Library School Visits page for more information on self-guided tours, treasure hunts, or booking a class study space for use between sessions.
Books from Brisbane Writers Festival authors can be purchased online and at the festival from our official bookseller, the Library Shop.
Word Play is proudly supported by...
The University of Queensland.