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Sorrento Writers Festival

April 24 - 27, 2025​
Onward to 2025
 It has been a busy couple of months at Festival HQ. At the end of April we said goodbye to our 190 speaker guests and our 5k+ audience members, packed up the venues, reconciled the accounts, distributed our survey and processed what we did well, and what we can do better.
There have been dozens of conversations since our final session on Sunday, April 28, and we thank everyone for their feedback on how we can deliver a better festival next year. If you’d like to send us a comment Contact us.

Please note next year’s Sorrento Writers Festival dates: Thursday April 24-Sunday April 27, 2025

Coming up: we have several ancillary Festival events planned between September and December, including a writing workshop in September and several author events in Melbourne and Sorrento. One highlight: the US Election dinner at The Baths on Thursday October 31. Our esteemed panel will discuss the forthcoming November election, possible outcomes and ramifications.

Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter for regular updates and events news. And you can keep connected via Instagram @sorrentowritersfestival.


What People Said About The 2024 Festival

Three Sessions You’ll Love...

What People Said About The 2023 Festival

The 2023 Sorrento Writers Festival was a resounding success. In our first year, the Sorrento Writers Festival established itself as one of Victoria’s most exciting literary events. Feedback from presenters and the public was incredible.

What a fabulous, inspiring, thought provoking festival you hosted. It was such a lovely environment to immerse oneself in - everyone was friendly, inclusive and genuinely thrilled to be there. I was particularly delighted with the way the Voice was received. Thomas Mayo is a star. As is Corrie. Actually she is an entire galaxy.
Belinda B
There was so much to love about the Sorrento Writers Festival, but here’s what matters: I spoke with several audience members who’d never been to a writer’s festival before. And they loved it. They each left the session excited by books, and ideas, and stories. For me, introducing the most democratic of art forms to regional Victorians was the best part of the weekend.
Toni Jordan
Hi Corrie, I wish to thank you and your army of volunteers who stood by the festival and believed its success would catapult it for an annual event marked on the calendar. Thank you bringing communities, visitors and writing enthusiasts together - believers of the art.
Debra Mar
Mornington Peninsula Deputy Mayor
Hi Corrie, I wish to thank you and your army of volunteers who stood by the festival and believed its success would catapult it for an annual event marked on the calendar. Thank you bringing communities, visitors and writing enthusiasts together - believers of the art.
Chris Hammer

2023 Festival in Pictures

The local community embraced the idea of a new cultural event on the Mornington Peninsula’s southern tip, while first-time visitors to the area were delighted by the region’s natural beauty, the shopping, cafes and bars, and the warm and inclusive welcome they received.

Supporters of Sorrento Writers Festival

The Sorrento Writers Festival would not have been possible without the support of our fabulous donors.

You give, we grow

It’s as simple and as wonderful as that.

We thank those who donated to our 2024 Festival. If you’d like to contribute financially as we plan 2025, please contact our the office [email protected] or click the Show Your Support button above. Please remember we have Federal Government DGR status so your donation over $2 is tax deductible. And you are helping us build an outstanding year-round program of author and ideas-inspired events.

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words matter

Welcome to The Sorrento Writers Festival, a new not-for-profit cultural and community organisation that will bring year-round literary events, discussions and talks to Sorrento and the wider Mornington Peninsula community.

Our inaugural four-day Festival runs April Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 and we hope you’ll join us.

This seaside gathering of great ideas brings together some of Australia’s finest minds and deepest thinkers. In April we welcome more than 100 writers, journalists, academics, commentators, illustrators, and musicians to our beautiful part of the Peninsula. And we can’t wait.

The Sorrento Writers Festival acknowledges the Bunurong people of the great Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land on which our Festival takes place. We celebrate our region’s deep First Nations history, its European settler influence, and its contemporary role as one of Victoria’s most beautiful coastal villages.


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The Sorrento Writers Festival is an opportunity for writers, readers and the wider Sorrento community to come together to celebrate the power of storytelling.

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craig silvey

Craig Silvey

Professor Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Professor Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

sofie laguna

Sofie Laguna

jane harper

Jane Harper

professor marcia langton

Professor Marcia Langton

laureate professor peter doherty

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty

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