The Micro-Program

All events are available in three tiers of pricing:

Full-price tickets are $5. They are for any person who is over 18 years old, or who does not hold a valid student card, pensioners concession card, or low-income healthcare card.

Concession tickets are $3. They are for any person who is under 18 years old, or who holds a valid student card, pensionsers concession card, or low-income healthcare card.

There are five Pay What You Feel tickets available for each festival session. These tickets are for those people who wish to attend, but cannot swing the price of a full-price or concession ticket. Simply nominate the amount you wish to pay in the box on Eventbrite before purchasing (it can be any amount — no skin off our nose!). Please note: these tickets are available in an attempt to make the festival as accessible as possible, but we are only in a position to offer five per event. Please keep this in mind when purchasing.

Editing is part of a business, but it doesn’t happen in isolation. Both in the workplace and in the world, editors are part of a community, including writers, publishers, production staff and other editors – as well as readers – all of whom are part of the process of editing for publication.

Join Roz Bellamy, Suzy Garcia, Clare Millar and moderator Lur Alghurabi on the crossroads where editing’s industry meets its community – sounds sticky and intriguing!

This panel is presented in partnership with Leaf Mag, a collection of interviews with Australia’s book professionals – whether they be in bookshops, publishing houses, libraries or somewhere else entirely. We are interested in what draws people to working with books, what skills they use, and how they got into the roles they have now. 

Date: Friday, 26 November 2021

Time: 7.30pm AEDT

Editing for a trade publisher is, well, Big Book Business! The trends are insane, the deadlines are tight, and an edit can make or break a book when it’s released into the world.

Join Radhiah Chowdury, Coco McGrath and moderator Sonia Nair as they dive into the wild world of editing for a trade publishing house.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021

Time: 2pm AEDT

Arts pages are shrinking – or are they? Arts criticism is dying in so-called Australia! But is it really? Critics are all so mean in their reviews — or they’re not mean enough!

Join Alison Croggon, Aimee Knight and moderator Neha Kale as they answer all our burning questions about the business of editing the arts pages, the life of the arts editor and the fate of criticism in publishing.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2020

Time: 4pm AEDT

Can we see the future and, if so, what is it?

Jingili Mudburra writer and editor Bridget Caldwell-Bright delivers the centrepiece address for the Editing Micro-Festival, shedding her own unique light on what she considers to be the future of editing.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021

Time: 7.30pm AEDT

Got some niggling editorial questions that need answering? Need to brush up on style, grammar, function and form? Looking for a certified editing babe to tell you all where the conventions do (and don’t) apply?

Let editor extraordinaire Adolfo Aranjuez, famous for his eagle eye and head for details, take you through the nuts and bolts of editing work. This fun and fierce workshop is for anyone who has ever felt like they needed a good hour to drill down into their editorial skillset.

Date: Sunday, 28 November 2021

Time: 12pm AEDT

Crisis! Panic! Mayhem! The last two years have not been easy on any of us – least of all the beleaguered editors of publications pumping out news, lifestyle reads, essays, fiction, interviews and all the daily content that’s kept us sane (or sent us nuts) through the pandemic.

Join Danny Silva Soberano, Alan Vaarwerk and moderator Melissa Cranenburgh as they talk the C-word (COVID-19) and what it’s like editing through a crisis!

Date: Sunday, 28 November 2021

Time: 2pm AEDT

26–28 November 2021.

For all editors and writers.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.

This festival is being produced on unceded Aboriginal land. We respect the sovereignty of the traditional owners of the land on which we live and work.

All profits from the sale of tickets to the Editing Micro-Festival will go to the grassroots Indigenous enterprise Pay The Rent. Find out more about this fantastic initiative here.

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